TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller is one of the more introspective players on the team. The 6-foot-7 Miller loves to read, solve crossword puzzles, and is one of a handful of players who live in Manhattan. We caught up with him in our latest Mound Visit.
What was the other sport besides baseball you played growing up?
Organized? The only other sport I played was football.
Why did you never play organized basketball? It seems an obvious choice.
I don't know. When I was a kid I always played at school, pick-up and boys club and stuff. My parents never signed me up for it. I spent my time playing football or baseball, I guess.
What is your favorite movie all time?
I'm not a huge movie guy. The one that sticks out the most is "Dumb & Dumber."
Christian Bale. If he is in a movie, you know it is going to be pretty good.
I can't think of one I seek out.
How about music?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is probably my No. 1 go-to. I've been listening to a lot of Jason Isbell lately.
What is your favorite type of food?
It is hard to beat a good steak. A steak and potato and a good glass of wine is about as good as it gets.
Favorite restaurant in New York?
That is a bold thing to say. You could never eat at all of them. I really like eating at The Modern, the one in the Museum of Modern Art. That's a pretty big splurge restaurant that my wife and I have been to twice. I try to eat some place different every single time. There are an endless amount of places in New York.
What is your favorite place to visit in New York?
Central Park. We go there nearly every single day. I take my son and we run around and picnic on the grass or something.
Not many Yankees live in the city. Why do you?
A lot of guys don't, but a chance to live in New York -- I feel like most people go out of their way for that opportunity.
It is a mood thing. Speaking of New York, I've read a lot of Tom Wolfe lately for some reason. I really liked "The Right Stuff" by him.
I really like some historical novels. I read a bunch of books about expeditions the last couple of years. They were pretty good. "Into the Heart of the Sea," "Kingdom of Ice," that type of stuff.
How much time to do you read per day?
It is all cycles. Sometimes I read for an hour a day. Sometimes I don't read for a month. During the offseason, I read pretty much every night. I try to knock out the equivalent of a chapter.
You do crosswords. How did that come about?
It is something to burn time in the clubhouse. It buys the time between early work and batting practice. It keeps the mind sharp.
After you retire, Andrew Miller will be doing ... what?
I would probably like to travel the country in an RV or something. Something like that, probably work and spend time with my family. My son, by that time I'm finished, I'll be watching his games.
You do want to work?
I don't think I could sit around the house.
What type of work would you want to do?
I don't know. I don't have a college degree right now. I wouldn't be very employable in some sectors. I might have to finish that off first.
Do you want to finish off your degree from North Carolina?
I would like to. I don't know how easy it would be. I got so close. I think my mom would be really happy. We'll see. It is not on the plate right now.