Josh Womack: It was wonderful. I was a little shaky since it was the first time I've played in front of a lot of fans, but I enjoyed it. I absolutely enjoyed it.
ITP.com: How nice was it to come up with an RBI single in your first at bat of 2003?
JW: I had a big cheese on my face. I loved it.
ITP.com: What was you first year of professional ball like?
JW: There was nobody in the stands. It was just like playing high school ball, except the competition was a lot better. I was really pumped to get drafted and that feeling carried me through the whole season.
ITP.com: What can Mariner' fans expect from you?
JW: Hopefully a smile the whole time. I want to be a hitter so hopefully a lot of hits. Not too many homeruns, but a lot of hits. I want to learn to be a basestealer. I'm a little raw right now, but hopefully with some time and effort I can steal some bases and put up some big numbers.
ITP.com: What were your impressions of Everett, Wash. when you first arrived?
JW: The kids couldn't shut me up. I was just bouncin' off the walls. I love it. It's green everywhere. It's just a beautiful place. I can definitely get used to it.
ITP.com: Had you ever been to the Pacific Northwest before?
JW: I played a high school tournament at the University of Washington's ballpark. It rained, but I liked it here. That was a couple seasons ago.
ITP.com: Have you been to Safeco Field yet?
JW: No, I haven't. But I saw it from the plane and it looked good.
ITP.com: What are your goals for this year?
JW: I want to make a name for myself. I want to live up to the name of being a second-round selection.
ITP.com: Take me through draft day last year. What was that like for you?
JW: I didn't go to school that day. I had no clue where I was going to go, but I was expecting somewhere around the 10th round. That's what we were looking at interest-wise. We had family over, it was a big day. We were trying to listen to it on the internet and we got a phone call from my scout. I'm thinking he's going to ask me a question, but he said, "We gotcha, second round!" I about had a heart attack. It was unbelievable.
ITP.com: What other teams showed interest in you?
JW: I heard from a lot of teams, but not one in particular that stood out more than the others.
ITP.com: Did you grow up patterning yourself after anyone in particular?
JW: I grew with my dad telling me stories about Ted Williams, so I'm a big Teddy fan.