CURTIS GOODWINCareer recordIs playing his first season...

UP CLOSE WITH THE ORIOLES

June 16, 1995|By Jamison Hensley

CURTIS GOODWIN

Career record

Is playing his first season above Double-A. Was named Eastern League's top base runner, fastest base runner and most exciting player in a midseason Baseball America poll of managers in 1994. Was the league's ninth-best prospect in an end-of-year Baseball America poll. Was the Orioles' 12th selection in the 1991 free-agent draft.

Personal record

Born in Oakland, Calif., and resides in San Leandro, Calif. Turned 22 on Sept. 30. Lettered in four sports his senior year at San Leandro High. His brother Jay was a walk-on fullback on the University of Washington's national championship football team in 1991.

Favorite food

Pizza

Favorite movie

"The Lion King"

Favorite television show

"Martin"

Favorite music group/performer

Jodeci

Favorite childhood memory involving baseball

"Sneaking into [Oakland] A's games."

How he spends time on road trips

"Sleeping. That's how I catch up on my sleep. I'm not kidding, I sleep all the time on the road."

Most imposing pitcher

"No doubt about it. Randy Johnson." Goodwin struck out four times against Johnson on June 5.

Favorite baseball moment

"In the big leagues, it's getting my first hit here. I'll never forget that. But in the minors, it's hitting a home run off the bull [sign in Durham, N.C.] and knocking its ear off."

Most embarrassing moment

"It was in Frederick. I thought they were announcing that night's lineup, but they were introducing the Carolina [League] All-Stars instead. I ran onto the field and then I realized what happened. I just stood out there and waved to the fans."

If he weren't playing baseball

"I probably would be in school somewhere playing baseball or football."

Most important aspect of stealing bases

"Learning the pitcher's moves and tendencies. You have to learn how quick their move is."

Best pickoff move

Chris Bosio

When he thought he could play in the majors

"When they put me on the 40-man roster, I thought I had a real good shot."

Coach who has helped the most

Reid Nichols, now with the Texas Rangers. "He helped me the most with base stealing and running the bases."

If he could change something in baseball

"More domes. It gets too hot out here. Domes are a lot more comfortable."

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