Former Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Edwin Jackson took a couple minutes out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for our readers here at Country Strong Tigers. Below are the questions with Edwin’s answers applied:
Q: How did you become interested in baseball?
A: I grew up in a sports house pretty much. Both of my parents played sports, so i played everything growing up and in high school i leaned towards baseball.
Q: Who did you look up to growing up? Any major influences?
A: I looked up to my parents. They were pretty good athletes, and I watched them play a lot growing up.
Q: Does number 36 mean something to you or did you just randomly pick that number and have stuck with it?
A: Im pretty sure it was given to me by the dodgers when i came up because it was the number worn by Don Newcombe.
Q: Who was your favorite major league baseball team growing up?
A: Being from GA I was a Braves fan.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a major league pitcher? Is there any downfalls?
A: I like that you get to be in control of the game with thousands of people watching you. The game cant be played until you throw the ball…No downfalls, but you will definitely have times where you dont succeed.
Q: Who has been your favorite team to play for?
A: I’ve had fun on every team I’ve played on
Q: What major league baseball players are you close to?
A: I have made a lot of close friends throughout my years of playing and being on different teams
Q: What has been your favorite memory so far as a major league pitcher?
A: I won my major league debut against Randy Johnson on my 20th bday, I’ve thrown a no hitter, but winning the world series is prob the best feeling to experience in baseball.
Q: If you weren’t a pitcher, what do you see yourself doing to make a living?
A: Probably some kind of real estate, it seems to be a pretty good living…we all need somewhere to live.
Q: When you retire or stop playing the game of baseball, what do you want people to remember you as and/or for?
A: Not only a fun, outgoing, and fearless athlete who loved to compete, but a great person overall.
Myself, the writers, and our readers here at Country Strong Tigers thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions. I’m hoping to see you back in the Old English D before you hang up your glove!
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