Hi. I’m Beau. Okay. Formalities out of the way. Just so you know, this isn’t a normal blog. I’m not going to talk about myself, my career, or my experiences in detail. I figure, I am apart of the number 1 minor league organization in all of baseball, according to Baseball America. So, with this plethora (big word) of talent surrounding me at the triple A level, why not give you, the reader, something you’ll be interested in reading. Because, if you’re reading this, you fall into one of two categories. Either you are a big Rangers fan, or you’re related to me. The latter, you know me, Mom, Dad. It is my goal to bring my talented teammates to the forefront by asking them questions most journalists don’t think to ask. Or they don’t ask because they are ridiculous questions in the first place. Anyhoo, without further delay, I give you the amazing kisser, the talented, the handsome southpaw, Derek Holland.
BV: First off, have you ever had anybody interview you just wearing their underwear?
DH: No. I can’t say I’ve actually had somebody interview me just wearing underwear. It’s a pleasure having you for a roommate.
BV: Why, thank you. Uh, the other night, you and I compared our iTunes folders for the lamest song. Which song was determined the lamest?
DH: It happened to be me. It was definitely Hanson’s “Mmm Bop”.
BV: How did that song get on to your computer?
DH: I use it to annoy people when I play xBox.
BV: Nice. I read on a previous interview that you gave that you want to go hunting. What do you want to hunt?
DH: I would like to hunt anything, such as a deer, birds, ducks. Any of that.
BV: You want to shoot them with a gun?
BV: You don’t get any thrill of chasing them down with a knife?
DH: There’s no possible way I’d catch a deer. A deer would kick my butt.
BV: Okay. Uh…Oh, if you could be any U.S. president for a day, who would you be?
DH: Bill Clinton.
DH: Because he’s the man. He’s a good role model. Him, or George W. Bush.
BV: You’re kind of straddling the fence between a liberal and a conservative.
DH: I know.
BV: You realize we play in Oklahoma and for Texas. Unless I’m mistaken, those are both pretty red states.
DH: That’s fine.
BV: Now, the one baseball related question. You and Neftali (Feliz). He steps in the batter’s box against you. You step in against him. Who has a better shot of getting a hit?
DH: Well, if he hits me…
BV: We’re not talking about hitting each other. Who’s got the better odds of getting a hit?
DH: I’d probably say… I’m gonna go me.
BV: Wow. Throwing it out there?
DH: Yeah. I’m gonna say I have a better chance of getting a hit off him.
BV: I’m going to make sure to transcribe this to Spanish so he gets the message.
DH: I’d appreciate that.
BV: And lastly, I have to ask this. What is the nickname our Redhawk teammates affectionately refer to you as?
DH: To be honest, I don’t know. (Laughs) But I think it’s Wonderboy.
BV: Does that bother you at all?
DH: No. It’s funny. I actually think it’s funny.
BV: Any shot you walk out to the mound to Tenacious D’s “Wonderboy”?
DH: You know, it’s crossing my mind now. I actually think that’s what I’m going to do when I get back (to Oklahoma City).
Derek Holland was a wonderful interview and is a great pitcher. Look for him in Arlington in the next year or so. As for me, I just hope my exceptional journalism skills from the years I spent on my high school paper shine through.
If you have any thoughts or feedback, leave a comment or something. I could use the help.