What was your best pitch?
My fastball because of my velocity and how I used it. The corner of the plate was where my bread and butter was, and I wasn't at all afraid to come inside and knock you on your rear.
Seattle's Omar Vizquel. He was just one of those hitters who always worked the count and his numbers against me were incredible. I'm guessing he hit well over .400 and it seemed like he always knew what was coming. I could flip a coin to decide what to throw and he'd still be sitting there waiting on it. I should have just told him what I was going to do, I couldn't do any worse
Was Janet Jackson's Nasty Boy song about you, Rob Dibble, or Randy Myers?
[Laughs] Oh that name was about all three of us. Funny story how we got it; it all started on the road against the Astros in 1990. Their big hitter was Glenn Davis, and we hit him three times. After the game some reporters came over and said they were talking about retaliating. Rob, Randy and I were looking at the radar, and none of us had thrown a fastball under 96mph, so Randy said "if you want to start hitting people we can play that game". A reporter from Houston said "that's pretty nasty", and we said, "well, we're some nasty boys".
Were you superstitious? Did you have a pre-game ritual?
Most superstitions are just routines, figuring out what exactly works for you. I did have a time in spring training, Rob had given up five runs without getting an out, I came in and gave up six runs on maybe one out, and on the way back to the clubhouse I stripped totally naked, got a bottle of alcohol from the training room poured it on my uniform, glove, jock, everything and set it all on fire. Never wore it again, figured there was some bad luck in that stuff
Most indelible locker room moment?
We had some pretty great celebrations, funny moments, but probably the weirdest one was at a time when we weren't pitching very well in Seattle and a guy walks in before the game and asks where Lou Piniella's office is, and says "I'm your new pitching coach, I'm here to get you straightened out". Turns out he was just some random dude that weaseled his way into the stadium off the street. We grabbed him by the jeans and the back of his shirt and threw him right out the front door.
Things you refuse to do besides lose?
There's not a whole lot I refuse to do. I won't eat bell peppers, but everything else I'll do
Who did you play with that got the most fan mail? The strangest fan mail? Did you ever get sent anything strange?
I used to get hate mail from a guy in LA who bet on the Reds all the time. We never played that well in LA, I blew a couple saves, and I'd get these letters like you see on TV with words cut out of newspapers and all glued together. They were just filled with threats; "I hate you, you blew the game, I'm going to kill you", or whatever. I never really worried about it, I thought it was comical. I always figured if a guy was gonna kill you he'd just do it
What's the weirdest autograph you signed?
I got in trouble one time after a signing session at a casino in Seattle. My ex-wife was with me at the blackjack table when a girl came up and asked me for an autograph -- I said "sure" and she took her top off and asked me to sign her boob. My wife wasn't too happy about that. Probably the weirdest thing I've ever been asked to sign was a box of tampons. A woman came up to me in St. Louis but she didn't have anything else for me to sign. I can't really picture that being up on a mantle somewhere -- you sign a ball, or a playing card, or a poster for a kid, I can see someone putting that up in their game room, but a box of tampons?
Is it true you have three degrees from Rice University?
Well, really a triple major in political science, religion, and physical education. I figured it was all about the money; if I couldn't get it out of you by going into politics, I would preach it out of you, and if I couldn't do that I'd beat it out of you
So are three degrees from Rice like nine degrees from Texas?
It's hard to tell, 'cause they kind of give them away at Texas. It could be 3 or 300.
What's the stupidest thing you spent your baseball money on?
Besides wives? l spent a lot of money on cars, they're nice and cheaper than wives
Chances the Mariners are not terrible this year?
Not very good...I don't see them losing 100 games, but I don't see them competing for the pennant either. But you know, right now everyone's in first place.
What's the best thing about baseball?
Anybody can play it. I'm not saying you can take a guy off the street and put him in the majors, but look at basketball, there aren't many 5'8" guys playing in the NBA, in football, you better be really fast or really strong. But in baseball you got guys like me, who came in skinny and left out of shape.