Before the season started, I was able to conduct a brief interview with Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Me: Is there anything specific you’ve been working on in the off-season and, if so, what is it?
Elvis: My body. I want to be in shape the whole season.
Me: What is the biggest adjustment you had to make when you started facing major-league pitchers?
Elvis: Trying to swing at strikes and be ready.
Me: Out of all the minor league stadiums you’ve played in, what was your favorite and why?
Elvis: Myrtle Beach because it’s pretty all around.
Me: What ballpark is your favorite to play in throughout the majors and why (not including the Rangers)?
Elvis: Fenway Park for the history of the ballpark.
Me: What were your favorite parts of the All-Star game and the activities around the game last year?
Elvis: I think the red carpet. You felt like a movie star (laughs).
Me: In 2009, when you were named to the Sally League All-Star team, were you happy to be on the team, or would you rather have had the days off?
Elvis: You’re always happy when you get the call for an All-Star game.
Me: Which Futures Game did you enjoy more, 2007 or 2008, and why?
Elvis: 2008 because it was the last year of the old Yankee Stadium.
Me: Do you think being so young made it harder or easier to adjust to major league life?
Elvis: It depends. For me, it was easy because all my teammates and family helped me out every day.
Me: What is the Arizona Fall League like? Are there many fans? What’s the overall experience like?
Elvis: It’s a great league to grow as a player. Nope, there's no fans and the whole experience is great.
Me: Who are the three toughest pitchers you’ve faced and why?
Elvis: Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum and Erik Bedard, because they’re tough.
Me: Who are your three favorite teammates since you joined the Rangers organization and why?
Elvis: Ian (Kinsler), Michael (Young) and Nelson (Cruz) because they helped me out every day and they’re always there for me.
Me: What adjustments did you make in 2007 after you were traded, as you hit .244 before the trade, and .300 after it?
Elvis: I think the desire to play soon in the bigs.
Me: What’s been the best game so far of your professional career and why?
Elvis: Game 5 against Tampa Bay because it was the key game for the team.
Me: What is the toughest thing about major league life and why?
Elvis: The consistence every day on and off the field.
Me: What is the worst injury you’ve ever had and why?
Elvis: I broke my finger in Double-A Frisco. Because I love to play, not to watch.
Me: What sports did you play growing up and which were you best at?
Elvis: Soccer. I just love it.
Me: What was your favorite team growing up and why?
Elvis: The Indians because my idol was there - Omar Vizquel.
Me: What are your hobbies?
Elvis: Music and keeping myself happy.
I would like to thank Elvis for giving me some of his time and agreeing to do this interview.