Livin' it up with Livingston: Freakin' Lancaster!

Bobby Livingston has finally started to receive the attention he's deserved for quite some time, getting Wednesday's front page story on BaseballAmerica.com. We caught up with him late last night for a quick update on life in the California League. Be sure to get Livingston's email address at the end of the story, because next week he'll be answering his fan mail.

On his last outing, a no-decision versus Lancaster: I didn't have as good of stuff as I should have had. In the third inning I walked the first two leadoff guys, back-to-back batters. If you walk guys at a park (Lancaster) where the wind blows out hard, you're going to get hurt. The gusts there are up to 45 miles per hour, blowing straight out. It's a pitchers nightmare.

On Lancaster's ballpark: It's by far the worst park for a pitcher I've ever been to in my life. As of now, anyway. I hear there are more to come around the league, so maybe there are others that are worse.

On the upcoming rematch with Lancaster: Come Sunday when I start again it will be a different story because we will know more about their hitters. I think the way we go about things will be completely different.

On getting exposure on InsidethePark.com and BaseballAmerica.com: It's good. I know where it's coming from - I give God all the glory, and without him I'd have nothing. If I was a billionaire, I'd be the same person I am now, just with more money (laughs). I'd continue to treat people the way that I want to be treated. I'm just doing my thing. I like to stay easy going.

On how he spends his time away from the baseball field: I like to hang around my teammates and go out with them every now and then. I enjoy relaxing and playing Playstation. I like boating and fishing and a bunch of other things.

On how much he pays attention to the big leagues: Any time a good game comes on or the Mariners are on my eyes are on the TV. It's cool to see those guys. You put yourself in their uniform.

On what the relationship is like between big leaguers and minor leaguers: They went through what we went through too, so they know what it's like. They paid their dues too just like we are. They understand that we need to get through it just like they did.

On staying focused on playing at Inland rather than looking toward the future: I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I know what I have to do. I want to be on the all-star team this season. I enjoy every five days when I take the mound. That's what I work so hard for. Anytime I can get the ball in my hand and go out and compete, I thrive on that. It's like an adrenaline rush for me.

On his mindset when pitching: When you get on the mound, every pitch you throw you've got to think about what you have to try to do. Every pitch I throw I feel like I need to throw the ball to a certain spot. I don't know if you've heard this stat, but anytime a ball is put in play, there's a 66 percent chance that it's going to be an out. If I throw the pitch I want to throw, I think the advantage is in my favor 99.9 percent of the time.


Want to talk to Bobby? Contact him with any questions you might have, baseball related or not, at bobbylivingston@insidethepark.com.

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