I'm happy to be in L.A. kicking off Subway's Baseball Designs tour. Let's get started.
What was your favorite MLB Team as a kid?
I grew up in the L.A. suburbs and everyone was a Dodgers fan except me, I was a Giants fan. They could hit and as a center fielder, I loved watching Willie Mays play.
Who gets the nod as the N.L starting pitcher?
It has to be Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado, he's 15-1. Hopefully he won't start again before next Tuesday so he can start in the All-Star game.
Hi Fred, are there any current players that you've watched that you compare your self to from your playing days
I don't think there are any guys that are as crazy as I was. Lucky for these guys, there is padding on the wall, not like in my day. I like Torii Hunter and Jim Edmonds, he's not affraid to run into a wall.
Do you think the Phils have a shot a the playoffs this season?
They are a little banged up and that division has gotten a little tougher but I think they will have a chance if they get healthy. They really need Chase Utley back, if they get him back and healthy I think they will win that division.
Fred, which was more special to you in your rookie year, winning the MVP or the rookie of the year?
That's a really good quesiton and I don't think I've ever been asked that. You can only win Rooke of the Year in your rookie season so you have to come out of the gate and play well. As far as MVP, if you win that you have to be the best of the best. So I would have to say MVP, winning that meant I was the best in the entire league. Winning both is the same season was truely a great feeling.
Do you like the system of picking the all-star teams? It seems like they never get it right.
(Laughing) No matter what system you use, there will always be somebody who you feel is deserving to be there that will be left off. For the most part I think with the system they have, they get it right more often than not.
Mr. Lynn, when you hit the grand slam in 1983 were you aware that it was the first one in an all star game?
Mike, I was not but as I was rounding the bases and came back to the dugout a fan said he'll give me $5,000 for that bat and I said no. When I got back to the dugout a MLB official told me about it and said he would like to have it for Cooperstown. I'd rather have it there than in somebody's garage.
Fred, it seems like everyone else has an opinion on LeBron James. What do you think about his decision to leave Cleveland and go to Miami?
I don't know LeBron personally but I guess he thinks his best chance at winning will come with Miami and not with Cleveland. I know it hurts because he's an Ohio homegrown kid but only time will tell if it was the right move.
Is there a way I can see the baseballs on the tour in Chicago?
Chris, nice question. If you can't get out to see the balls on tour you can go to www.facebook.com/subway or www.subwaykids.com to view them. They are all designed by little leaguers and autographed by celebrities and athletes including me.
will we ever see a new fenway park
(Laughing) You're seeing it right now. Under their new ownership they have made a lot of good changes to the old stadium. They made it more fan friendly and I think it was the right decision to keep the history of the old stadium.
What pitcher from today's game would you have loved to try and hit against?
That would be just about all the tough lefties. Being a leftie it was always a challege for me to hit the best leftie pitchers. Right now my picks would be Sabathia, Cliff Lee,and Peitte.
Fred, what are your feelings on Bud Selig? Is there anything you would do differently in running MLB?
(Laughing) Wow, that's a big question! I would move the Yankees out of the Al East and move them to the NL West. To be serious, I would remove the DH. It was an experiment and now the experiment should be over.
Fred, do you eat at Subway? What's your favorite sub?
Absultley, my favorite $5 foot long is oven roasted chicken on whole wheat with everything enluding jalapenos. I even ask for extra jalapenos.
What is one of your favorite stories from your days in Boston?
When Jimmie Rice and I got called up in 1974. Being able to experience everything with someone you like was really kind of cool.
Mr. Lynn, what's the most important advice you can give to the kids playing in the Subway Little League Appreciation game?
First and foremost, just have fun. Whatever sport you're playing, you just need to have fun. I want them to learn how to play well with one another. If sports aren't for you, find something you do like and just have fun with it.
Thanks for taking the time out to chat with me today. Hope you have the chance to visit Subway's Baseball Designs tour that includes 40 baseballs designed by Little Leaguers and autographed by celebrities and athletes. If you can't make it out, you can always view them on www.facebook.com/subway or www.subwaykids.com. Hope you all enjoy this year's MLB All-Star game!