• C.J. Wilson

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Interesting interview

    DAN PATRICK: How was the celebration after the ALDS compared to last season?

    C.J. WILSON: It’s a little more subdued the more times you go. I don’t even know how the guys on the Yankees do it anymore. In Texas we do the ginger ale thing for me and Josh [Hamilton] because we are both alcohol-free.

    DP: How long have you been sober?

    CJW: I’ve been straight edge my whole life. I’ve never had a drop of alcohol. I have STRAIGHT EDGE tattooed on my ribs. It’s a lifetime commitment to be drug- and alcohol-free.

    DP: Are you ever curious?

    CJW: I do so many other things, whether it’s race car driving, shooting machine guns or jumping off cliffs into the ocean. I do a lot of other fairly extreme things.

    DP: What did you learn from being in the playoffs last year?

    CJW: I think a lot of us know what to prepare for. You watch it on TV, you don’t see a lot of the stuff that goes into it. But it’s really more of a circus than people understand. We have a better method for staying in our routines. It’s just baseball. You have to peel away the hype and that really annoying [music] on Fox and TBS.

    DP: Watching Tony Romo up close in Dallas, would you want to change places with the Cowboys’ quarterback?

    CJW: No, I wouldn’t want to. I don’t even like football. I like watching racing on Sundays.

    DP: Could you deal with the pressure of being evaluated every game?

    CJW: The thing is, those dudes get killed. He’s out there with broken ribs and a punctured lung, and people are bagging on him. Hey, guys, remember last week when he was the hero for playing through a punctured lung? Now you hate him. Baseball is much more even-keeled.

    DP: What did you learn from former Ranger Cliff Lee about approaching free agency?

    CJW: The biggest thing is that it’s going to take care of itself. I’ve been around other guys—Carlos Lee, Gary Matthews or even Mark Teixeira—who were a lot more contract-focused. Cliff was more performance-focused. It enabled him to just let loose and play the game. Literally, since the first day of spring training, I’ve gotten the same questions every day: What are you going to do? Where are you going to go? How much money do you want? If I play well, everything will work itself out.

    DP: Are you still dating a swimsuit model?

    CJW: No, Dominique [Piek] and I broke up in July. It wasn’t working out. In the end I had to make a selfish decision and make baseball more of a priority. It was getting to the point where [the relationship] was beginning to be a bit of a distraction.

    DP: What’s the worst part of dating a swimsuit model?

    CJW: [Long pause] Nothing.

    DP: Which ring do you get first—wedding ring or World Series ring?

    CJW: I’m single right now. I heard Olivia Wilde just got divorced.

    DP: Minka Kelly is out there.

    CJW: That would be fairly awkward.

    I dunno…not sure this guy would be Yankees material…

    Comments on C.J. Wilson

    1. Raf
      October 23rd, 2011 | 12:50 am

      I’d take a shot at him. There have been all kinds that have worn the pinstripes.

    2. MJ Recanati
      October 24th, 2011 | 2:13 pm

      I actually don’t get what in this interview would make one determine that Wilson isn’t “Yankees” material (as if there’s even such a thing). He comes off as pretty honest and straight-forward and lacking in pretense.

      If the Yanks don’t want to sign him because they don’t think he’d be much more than another #4 starter at the end of the contract then that’s a good reason not to sign him. But that’s a different story.

    3. PocketAces
      October 24th, 2011 | 5:58 pm

      His honesty and straight-forward approach might be what he was talking about. To be a Yankee you need to:

      1. Take it one game at a time
      2. Play within oneself
      3. Cliche
      4. Cliche
      5. Cliche

      Honesty….which I love…..isn’t “professional” baseball.

      @ MJ Recanati:

    4. MJ Recanati
      October 25th, 2011 | 2:49 pm

      @ PocketAces:
      Reggie Jackson — the most flamboyant, self-aggrandizing player of any era of my lifetime — did just fine in New York and told his version of the truth at all times (and continues to do so as a somewhat pathetic, graying lion).

      If Reggie Jackson could, why can’t CJ Wilson?

      And, really, CJ Wilson isn’t doing the Reggie act. He’s just answer innocent questions in a fairly unremarkable way.

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