Q & A with outfielder Josh Womack

After selecting John Mayberry Jr. with the team's first pick of the 2002 draft, the Seattle Mariners chose athletic outfielder Josh Womack with their second selection. Womack batted .269 in his first professional season at Peoria, where he had a nine-game hitting streak in July. Now he's in Everett, where the AquaSox opened their season Wednesday. Womack had the team's first RBI of the season, and spent a few minutes with InsidethePark.com afterwards to tell us a little bit about himself.

InsidethePark.com: How'd it feel to get back out there on the field?

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.

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