Livin' it up with Livingston: Random Thoughts

Bobby Livingston was nice enough to wake up out of his late nap last night and answer a wide-range of questions we threw his way. Check out Livin' it up with Livingston this week as he talks about topics like the toughest hitters he's faced, his weekly training regimen and Felix Hernandez. <br><br> Also, next week Bobby will answer his fan mail, so be sure to email him with your questions at BobbyLivingston@insidethepark.com

On his last two outings, both wins: I went out and tried to do the same thing I always do, and that's throw strikes. The results came out pretty good.

On pregame preparation: Rene Rivera usually catches, and we usually just get together and go over everything on each of the batters.

On the team losing Ismael Castro and Michael Garciaparra with injuries: It's pretty bad but Guzman and Cho have been really good in replacing both of them. Right now it really doesn't matter.

On whether winning changes the team's mindset: I guess. What team doesn't want to win time and time again, over and over? Coming to the ballpark is our job, though. We get paid to do it. I don't think anybody looks at it as a drag if we aren't winning. Every day we get to go to the park is an opportunity.

On the reasons for the Sixty Sixers early season success: There's always room for improvement, but as of right now the pitching, defense, and hitting are all going really well right now.

On what he's currently working on: I continue to stress my control and to work on my slider. It's just the same thing day in and day out.

On his training regimen on days when he's not pitching: Usually in the days where I'm not pitching, I lift my upper-body to get the soreness out of my back and arm. And I usually run like 15-30 around the field. The second day I usually work out my legs and do a 15 minute run. The third day I do what I do the second day and throw some bullpen. The fourth day I do an abdominal work. It's a routine I do every week.

On his superstitions: I have a favorite cup I drink out of at home games. It's just a plastic cup with my name on it. I think that's about as superstitious as I get.

On getting more media attention with his early season success: I really try not to pay attention to that. I like doing interviews and talking to the media. The thing you have to deal with is when you're not successful and nobody wants to talk to you.

On playing at Everett in 2002: I didn't mind it. There were a lot of nice people up there. I really didn't have much of a problem with the place at all.

On playing in Wisconsin last season: I didn't like how freezing cold it was, but they had a nice stadium, and the guys got to hang out a lot.

On his early impressions of playing on the 66ers: I like the people here, I like our stadium. The clubhouse atmosphere is great. I've been playing mostly with the same guys for three years now, so it's pretty nice.

On his favorite jersey he's worn since joining the M's organization: Wisconsin was my favorite uniform. The 66ers home jersey is right there too.

On his favorite home ballpark: It's a tie between parks – Wisconsin and Inland Empire - but I think I like pitching here more. I like our mound a lot. Our field is kind of a pitchers park. I've had a lot of success at home this year, so I like it.

On the top hitters he's faced as a pro: Probably the second best hitter I've faced since pro ball, a tough out to get is that guy Austin Jackson. He's a left fielder for Lancaster. First round pick, hits in the three hole. He makes a lot of contact, and I think he's a really good hitter. He stays on pitches pretty well. He's a pull hitter, but he makes a lot of contact.

The No. 1 guy, though, was Prince Fielder (Cecil's son). He's the only hitter since I've been playing pro ball that I've been sort of intimidated against. He can hit it a mile. He's a guy who can hit the ball with power to all parts of the field. When I was pitching that guy scared me.

On his favorite ballpark he's played in: Dayton's field in the Midwest League stood out. Everything about that place was really nice and big league. They kept it well.

On the worst field he's played at: Clinton, ask anyone and they'll tell you.

On Felix Hernandez: He's just a good kid. The thing with Felix is that sometimes he'll get in a nonchalant mood when he pitches. The other day when he got the loss against Lancaster, I told him afterwards to just get the ball, maybe move around a little on the mound, and make the pitch. I told him to let everyone know that he wanted to be out there. So his next outing, he got the ball, moved around, and threw strikes. He came up to me afterwards and told me he appreciated the advice. He's a just a real good kid, a quiet guy.

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