With the 2011 A's set to make their spring training debut against the Cubs, we sat down with Oakland
cereal mogul center fielder Coco Crisp to chat about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mothra vs. Godzilla, and a bunch of other people he may or may not remember the names of.
Who was your weirdest teammate?
Obviously I'm gonna say Manny Ramirez. What's funny about him, if Manny likes something, he'll take that one line and say it throughout the day. Like I'll say "It's gonna be a laser show today, get your goggles on," and then he'll just keep saying [Crisp starts using really thick Dominican accent] "Everbody put goggles on. It's going to be laser show."
What pitcher have you gone against with the nastiest stuff?
Cliff Lee is weird, because I see his ball really well, but then it just disappears at the plate. You see it, then he pushes a button in his back pocket and it vanishes. From the right side, I'd say Weaver.
Which one, Jared or Jeff?
Who is the strongest man in baseball?
Travis Hafner. He's a pretty big guy, he has to be pretty strong. Oh man. I don't know. Farnsworth, I know he has some strong legs.
Who is the weakest?
Hmm, can I use a pitcher?
Ramon? No, what's his name...
Who will have more wins this year, the A's or the Giants?
Our record will be better.
In straight hand-to-hand combat, could Hideki Matsui defeat Mothra?
Yeah. Um. Well. Um. No. I'm gonna say no.
Who do you think will have more wins this year, Trevor Cahill or Tim Lincecum?
I'm gonna say Cahill. He's phenomenal. Take nothing away from Lincecum, but Cahill, he's the man.
Would you let Cameron Diaz feed you popcorn at the Super Bowl?
Only reason I wouldn't is because she's with somebody. I've been fed popcorn before though, I just never did it at the Super Bowl.
Who's your favorite character in Major League?
Well, I have to go with Mays... Hey... Say.
Willie Mays Say Hayes? I also like, what's his name, Jaboot?
The African dude. I like him too. And obviously Wild Thing. Those are the main characters.
Are you faster than Wesley Snipes in that movie?
I'm faster than most people in the world. Except for the bolt.
The track star that set all the world records. The lightning bolt.
Who's the fastest guy in the MLB?
Until someone beats me in a flat-out race, I'd say me. Nobody ever said, "Hey, all the fastest guys in Major League Baseball, do a race."
Where do you like to eat, drink, hang out?
This place called Matrix. I usually just stay in Alamo and Walnut Creek, go to bars down there like 1515, then Crogan's, and um... Lucky 7s? Luck No. 7? Whatever that is. Those little spots there. It's not just club club club.
If you had to be one of the Ninja Turtles, which one would you be? Why?
Um. God, I don't know. Leonardo is the blue guy. Donatello. Raphael, and... what's the other guy?
Donatello is the one with the stick? He's the smart one. The older one is Raphael with the three-prong sword or knife. Leonardo is the dude with the swords. Who's the orange dude?
You know what? I'm gonna go with Raphael. He's a rebel. He likes to do his own thing. He really cares about his family but he wants to be his own individual. And he's probably the most talented out of the four.
What do you listen to before games to get pumped up?
Um... right now? What I'd listen to... give me one second, let me find the song I'm really digging now. [Leaves for several minutes]. I don't know the group. Let me check my iPod [makes shuffling through iPod sounds]. Okay, "Crazy B*tch", by Buckcherry. I love that song right there.
Which is the superior breakfast cereal: Cocoa Puffs, or Cookie Crisp?
You know what, I'll go with Cocoa Puffs. I don't care for Cookie Crisp that much.