MIKE OQUISTCareer recordBroke into the majors with the...

UP CLOSE WITH MIKE OQUIST

June 30, 1995|By Jamison Hensley

MIKE OQUIST

Career record

Broke into the majors with the Orioles in 1993 and has pitched as a starter and reliever. Attended the University of Arkansas and played in the 1987 and 1989 College World Series.

Personal record

Born in and resides in La Junta, Colo. Turned 27 on May 30. Is married to Lindi Rae Russell and has two sons, 9-month-old Dallas Russell and 2-year-old Braxton Michael. Earned 12 letters and captained the football, baseball and basketball teams at La Junta High, which former Oriole Tippy Martinez also graduated from.

Favorite food

Swedish meatballs

Favorite music group/performer

Garth Brooks and other country artists

Favorite movie

"Die Hard"

Favorite way to pass time on road trips

Go to the malls

Favorite hobby

Playing golf

Favorite road city

Chicago. "Just the atmosphere. Where we stay is right downtown. There's a real nice park. There's a lot of things to see."

Toughest hitters he has faced

Mo Vaughn and Albert Belle

If he weren't playing baseball, he'd be . . .

A plumber. "I'd probably be doing that because that's what I do in the off-season."

Favorite moment

Earning his first major-league win in his second appearance with the Orioles, pitching five innings of no-hit, shutout relief at Camden Yards. "I just remember walking off and getting a standing ovation. That has to be my best moment."

Most embarrassing moment

"Last year, getting hit with a line drive in the head."

Favorite road stadiums

"I like Yankee Stadium because that's where I made my major-league debut and the whole mystique. And SkyDome, because I seem to pitch good there."

What he remembers about his major-league debut

"I don't even think I threw a strike out in the bullpen. I was a little nervous when I came in because I didn't know how I would do. I threw a first-pitch slider for a strike, and from then on I was fine."

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