Q&a Jay Gibbons

March 26, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,Sun Reporter

After being selected from the Toronto Blue Jays organization in the 2000 Rule 5 draft, designated hitter-outfielder Jay Gibbons has become the Orioles' second-longest tenured field player behind Melvin Mora. Gibbons hit .277 last season with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs, and played only 90 games because of a knee injury.

Does it bother you when people call you injury-prone? -- It doesn't tick me off. People have to understand that I play hard on the field and it's hard to control sometimes, when you go into the wall or something like that, not getting banged up. I've had a couple of injuries the last few years, but hopefully it's past me.

What are your best and worst memories during your career in Baltimore? -- Personally, hitting a pinch-hit home run off Greg Maddux my rookie year to tie a game. He was always a guy I admired. I was sitting [on] the bench, and I didn't even know the score. They called me to hit, and I hit a second-pitch homer and my day was over. That's a good day. There's been a lot of bad stuff. I did take a ball off the head in Anaheim. It wasn't one of my finest moments. The ball bounced off the wall and hit off my head and the guy got a triple. I still take grief from that from [Brian Roberts].

How sick are you of hearing about steroids? -- Honestly, it gets tiring. It's been four years since we've been talking about this now. It's kind of one of those things like, "Let's turn the page." We've done everything we can to raise the testing and all that, and we're continuing to do more. It's time to turn the page. A lot of it is the media blowing it up.

In his Q&A, Brian Roberts accused you of liking "girl stuff" like reality television. Your response? -- I am not going to say anything about Brian. The little guy is very right. I love television, I love so-called "girly shows." I am comfortable with my sexuality. What he's referring to is MTV, like the reality shows, The Real World and The Hills. I am addicted to that stuff. But the funny thing is he'll sit there and watch it right with me and he's all into it. He doesn't have a whole lot of room to talk.

You came to camp sporting longer hair. What is it going to take for you to get it cut? -- I might get a little trim, but I think we're going to stick with it for the time being. I've gotten comfortable with it and people seem to like it, so I think I'm sticking with it.

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