Adam is here!
Adam, thanks for taking the time to do this chat. I think it's so cool one of my favorite players from my favorite team is doing this! How is it like to work with Carp? He seems so intense, as do you, is he like that all the time or just on days he pitches?
You'd have to see our dugout inbetween starts to see what kind of goof balls we really are. We have all sorts of dances and handshakes. We're definitely goof balls in that dugout, so no, we're not serious all of the time.
How's your arm feeling compared to this time other seasons?
It feels normal, like it did before surgery. Night and day different. Last year, I had a new ligament in my elbow and scar tissue that was breaking up. Everything had to settle in. It was like a new glove, you don't catch real well at first, but you get it right to where you want it to be.
Would you say you hunt in between fishing trips, or fish in between hunting trips?
I would say I hunt inbetween fishing trips. I live around the water mainly. I live close to the ocean and I am surrounded by rivers and lakes. It's easier to go fishing.
Whenever you pitch against a former teammate, do you think you have the advantage over the hitter or does the hitter have the advantage over you based on both of you knowing each other's stuff?
The pitcher always has an advantage, statistically speaking. But the more times a hitter faces you the more creative you have to be to get him out.
Waino, what have been the keys to success so far this year for the Cardinal rotation?
I think complete belief in our ability. Trusting in our gameplans. And hard work inbetween starts.
It always seems like you are real loose in the dugout (except when you're pitching) and you guys are having fun out there. This team seems to gel real well on the field, how about off the field? Do you guys ever hang out outside of baseball or does everyone kind of go their seperate ways! (Journey music playing in my head right now!)
Yeah, we have a group of guys that love being around together. Everybody has similar interests and it's a great group of guys. In years past, there have been cliques, with groups of guys here and there that stay together. But we have a large mix of guys that hang out. It's a unique, awesome situation we have.
How important do you think Yadi has been to your success in the majors?
I think he has been very instrumental to where I am. I think he's the most talented catcher in the game. His blocking ability, game calling ability are unmatched. I'd say he's been very instrumental.
Adam, Huge fan and thank you for taking the time to do this chat, it means a lot to us fans, kind of got 2 questions1)Who is the clubhouse clown who if the comic relief, my thought was you or Jon Jay2)Your still going to win the silver slugger this year right, you have been putting some good swings on the ball!
Yeah, some of the pitchers out there are making it tough. Travis Wood has a couple of home runs. Gallardo is doing well. I did call my shot in spring training. I have to get going though, quick.
What do you think of all the young arms coming up in the Cards rotation and competing?
I think they're tremendous talents, all of them. Not only do I think they'll be competing, but they'll have spots in our rotation for years to come. We don't have to dive into that free agent pool for a while.
Great start to the season so far! What do you think it will take to keep this pace up for the rest of the year? And how is this team different from some of the other championship caliber Cardinal teams from years past?
I think you keep the pace by not looking at it like a pace and not looking at it like we're hot. To us, we're not hot, we're good. If you say you're hot, then you're acknowledging that you'll be cold at some point. That's how we maintain it.
If you had to go watch a game in the stands (can't say Busch) which stadium would you go watch in?
I would go to Kansas City.
I think that place is beautiful.
If not a goal, is it a desire of yours to lead the NL in strikeouts this year? Is striking a batter out the greatest thrill of being a pitcher?
I think winning a game is the greatest thrill. It's about wins and losses for me. At no point do I start a season thinking I'll be No. 1 in strikeouts. If it happens, that would be great, but not something I've thought about.
Is there a competitive spirit between you and teammates?
We have a competition among the starting pitchers with hitting. We like to talk trash about our hitting. We all think we're the best. Most RBI, most hits, fewest strikeouts, we all have a competition about that. There is always stuff going on, golf game, card game. Plenty of stuff you can do to compete without pitching.
Hey Adam. I'm a huge fan and love your pitching style. I was wondering about your throwing program. During the offseason do you take an allotted amount of time to not throw at all or do you long-toss every day?
I take a month off after the season from all baseball related activities. Throwing, running, all of it. I think your body needs that after 162 games during the season. I take that month off to heal and rest up.
Do you think you guys have a world series or bust situation
I think that's always the goal. You come into the season, you have to have the goal of winning the World Series. Any goal short of that is the wrong goal.
Now that he has a year of MLB coaching under his belt, how, if at all, has Mike Matheny evolved as a coach?
I think he understood the game so well already as a player, being a catched and playing as long as he did. I think he's learning situationaly how to be a better manager. He's proven that this year as far as strategizing. Those are all things that a first year manager has to learn on the fly.
Greater number in your trophy room: baseball awards or fish/deer mounts on the wall?
Right now, it's baseball, but in the future, it will definitely be the other.
Strike out the side or rip a double off the fence?
I'd rather strike out the side, because with the double, I'd just be thinking about how close I was to hitting a home run.
Whose idea was it to add a cutter to your arsenal? How would you rank it among your other pitches?
I think it's a very important pitch for me. It's another weapon to use against lefties, but righties as well. It's as hard as a fastball. I don't have to use my breaking ball as much. To rank it is tough. I have four pitches and I'm confident in all of them.
How great did the last series feel, absolutely showing the Reds who's boss?
Again, I don't want to get ahead of myself, we're just 2 months and 10 days into the season. It's always nice to beat the Reds, but we know we have a long way to go. We're not going to get complacent and start talking trash just yet.
What current player(s) would you pay money to watch as a fan?
I'd like to go see Mike Trout play, as I haven't seen him in action a whole lot. We haven't played them yet this year. I'd like to see him. He has five tools.
I wouldn't mind seeing Yu Darvish strikeout 15 either.
Hey Adam. I hear you're quite the golfer. What's you're lowest round to date, and favorite course in St. Louis?
71 is my lowest. Never shot under par. It was unfortunately a par 71. I've got 12 scores of par, but nothing better. That was the good ol' days too. I'm not that good anymore.
What was it like to meet Musial & to be around the others like Gibson, Brock, Ozzie
It was very neat. I didn't get to see them play, but I did grow up watching Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee. It's great. To be around Cardinal Hall of Famers who are legends in the sport and are in our clubhouse all of the time. We're very fortunate to have them around.
What is the biggest largemouth bass you have caught to date and where?
I caught a 10 pound bass this offseason for the first time in my life. Before that, my biggest was 8 pounds, 10 ounces. I've fished my whole life since I was 2 and never caught a 10 pounder.
I appreciate your support. Thanks for the questions. I'm glad I got to answer them. I look forward to many more years of Cardinals baseball.