Q&a -- Jason Dubois

March 22, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

The Orioles signed 28-year-old outfielder Jason Dubois as a minor league free agent in December. A one-time Chicago Cubs prospect, Dubois was a two-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection at Virginia Commonwealth. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was hitting .393 with one home run and five RBIs entering yesterday's game to play himself into consideration for the Orioles' final bench spot.

Why did you choose to sign with the Orioles? -- I just thought it was a good fit. Both Baltimore and Norfolk are close to home. They have a lot of lefties and I am a pure right-handed hitter, so that maybe had a little to do with it. But it's close to home. A lot of people haven't seen me play in a while. They'll have a chance to do that.

What do you think your chances are of making the club? -- Right now, everybody that is still here has a chance to make the team. There are a few spots open, and everybody is battling for a few spots. We have one week left and you just have to grind it out.

As a former Cub, have you followed Sammy Sosa's comeback attempt? -- No, I haven't followed it. I saw something about him in the paper today, but I never really got a chance to read it. I never got to know Sammy that well. I was young and was on the other side of the locker room. I kind of stayed with my group of people and didn't bother him.

Who is the toughest pitcher you've faced over your career? -- I think it's [New York Mets' closer] Billy Wagner. Everything he throws is 90-plus miles an hour. You gear up for 100 and you get a 90 miles-an-hour slider. The difference is the slider looks like a fastball. Either way you look at it, it is tough to hit.

What was your reaction to your alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth, knocking off Duke in the NCAA tournament? -- It was pretty exciting. I got into the last 10 seconds of the game, I think. I didn't watch most of it. They had a good year, and I was proud of them.

Did you see a lot of Orioles games growing up? -- I went to Memorial Stadium twice and watched them play there, and we had that HTS [Home Team Sports] back then. We used to watch them on that all the time. [Cal] Ripken was always my favorite. Just the way he handled everything. He played in all those games and handled himself well. You respect a guy like that.

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