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Q&A; // Melvin Mora

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles acquired Melvin Mora in a July 2000 trade that sent shortstop Mike Bordick to the New York Mets. A two-time All-Star third baseman, Mora hit .274 last year with 16 home runs and 83 RBIs while playing a career-high 155 games. Mora, who signed a three-year contract extension with the Orioles in May, lives in Fallston with his wife Gisel and six children. The couple had quintuplets on July 28, 2001.

What's the hardest part of being a father of quintuplets? -- For me, the hardest part is when we have a meeting in the school. We're not able to be on time in every room. That's the hard part. The best part is when you wake up and see all the kids standing around your bed.

What have you enjoyed most about being on the Orioles for the past six-plus seasons? -- I enjoy the fans the most. I like to talk to the fans and have fun with them. I like to enjoy every single person that comes to the ballpark. That's what they pay for.

Is it important to you to live in Baltimore year-round? -- Yeah, it's important, especially with my kids. They like it. We love it here. Good school, good hospital. So far, so good.

What's the biggest key to the Orioles having a winning season? -- We just need to stay healthy. If we stay healthy, I think we'll play good baseball.

How important is it to represent Venezuela? -- Oh, it means a lot. It's my country. I love my country. Wherever I go, I have my flag out. If I don't have it on my glove, I have it in my pocket.

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