Batting around with Nate McLouth

Batting around with center fielder Nate McLouth Who was your favorite player when you were a kid?

Nate McLouth: Ken Griffey Jr. I loved his swing. I think it's still the prettiest one there is. I loved the way he played center field. Growing up, he's exactly what I wanted to be like.

It was awesome when we first went to play the Reds last year. [Former first-base coach] Rusty [Kuntz] introduced me to [Griffey]. It was a pretty big thrill to get to meet him and play against him. What was your first car?

McLouth: It was a '95 Bonneville. I was 16 when I got it and it was in decent shape. I kept it all though high school and my brother drove it for a year after I got rid of it. What has been the proudest moment of your life?

McLouth: Making it to the big leagues. It's a tough thing to do and something I've wanted to do all of my life. To make it here was special. What was your first job?

McLouth: This! This is my first job. What would you be doing if you weren't in the big leagues?

McLouth: Definitely not having as much fun as I am right now.

I would probably be done with school and most likely doing something in my own type of business. I don't like the whole going to work and punching a timecard type of thing.

I don't have a problem with authority, but I just don't like working with a lot of people and for a lot of people. Baseball is playing with a lot of people, which makes it a lot different. What are your hobbies?

McLouth: Video games and TV are pretty much it.

I love the series "24." It is by far my favorite show. I also like watching some old Saved By The Bell reruns.

With video games, college football on PlayStation 2 is my favorite, by far. I also like "MLB '06: The Show," hockey and Tiger Woods. Who would you most like to meet, past or present?

McLouth: Probably George Washington. He got things going in this great country and I'd just like to chat with him. What would fans be surprised to find out about you?

McLouth: They may not necessarily be surprised, because I make it pretty obvious, but I am a psycho University of Michigan fan, almost to the point where it is unhealthy. I am on their Web site every day checking out injury reports, spring ball and everything else. It's almost to the point where it has become obsessive. Who has been your biggest influence?

McLouth: My dad for sure. He got me going in baseball and he taught me how to live my life and be a good person. He was never too busy for me and my brothers. He would always throw us batting practice, play catch and things like that.

Ed Eagle is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.