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Who is Ramon Hernandez the Fan?

June 20, 2006

In his eighth season in the major leagues, catcher and designated hitter Ramon Hernandez shows no signs of slowing down. In 66 games this year, Hernandez is batting .285 with 49 RBIs and 10 home runs. Defensively, he leads both leagues, having thrown out 25 baserunners. PressBox takes the time to get to know Hernandez the fan.

Hernandez spent five seasons with the Athletics and two with the Padres before coming to Baltimore this year. (Sabina Moran/PressBox)  

Q: As a kid, who was the sports star you admired most?
A: Jose Canseco.

Q: Who is the sports star you admire most right now?
A: Right now, it's a lot of players, a lot of good players. But I think Miguel Tejada.

Q: What about your greatest personal achievement? What's the best thing you think you've done?
A: When I met Muhammed Ali.

Q: How did you meet him?
A: In Oakland. Spring Training.

Q: Do you have any season tickets to see any other sports teams?
A: Not really, because when I finish the season I go back home, Venezuela.

Q: What's the best song to hear at a sporting event?
A: The one I have, "La Gasolina." (by Daddy Yankee)

Q: What's the worst song?
A: Country music. I love country but I think it doesn't go with the stadium. But I think with the stadium you need something quicker, more fast, because of the game.

Q: What's the best food to eat at a sporting event?
A: I like all foods, I like all of them. I think spaghetti.

Q: Spaghetti at a baseball game?
A: Yeah!

Q: Nobody would guess that you're a huge fan of…
A: Angelina Jolie.

Q: Foam finger or face paint?
A: Foam fingers.

Q: Designated hitter, yes or no?
A: Yes.

Q: Astroturf or grass?
A: Grass.

Q: Best mascot?
A: The chicken.

Q: If you could be any sports figure in history for one day, who would you be?
A: Shaquille O'Neal.

Q: What's your favorite sports movie?
A: "Major League."

Q: Who do you think will win the World Cup?
A: Brazil.

Q: And do you root for the Ravens?
A: Yes, now I do.

Q: What's your favorite ballpark?
A: Camden Yards.

Issue 1.9: June 22, 2006