November 2008

Bally Q&A

Q. Do you think your High School coach gave you a good foundation for pitching delivery?

Bally. I would say that he gave me a good start on having a fluid and repeating my same delivery, but it was my dad who was my pitching coach from when I was 5 till I was about 14 or 15 so I think my dad was the one who gave me the right direction on how to pitch.

Q. What’s it really like on those minor league buses?

Bally. Well I would say its different for everyone, for me it was pretty tough I mean me being 6’5″ and having my knees touching the other seats and not to mention everywhere I played I was just a little rookie and one of the youngest people so you had to double up so it was pretty rough. Now for some people they can sleep in these kind of situations or play cards or just sleep on the wet sticky floor but for me those long 8 to 13 hour bus rides were really hard on the body.

Q. Did you ever have a roommate in the minors with bad hygene habits that made you want to through water on him while he was sleeping? IE Stinky feet… My brother roomed with me and he use to wear his sneakers out till they were hung together by the stench alone.

Bally. ( haha) thats a pretty funny question I would say that I had some pretty good roommates, I have never had a stinky roommate. I would say the closest to that would be like a roommate that doesn’t sleep very much or goes to bed really late, because im a guy who kinda likes to get to bed early (12am) I mean I wish I had at least 1 bad roommate so that I could answer this question a little better.

Q. Is it good being you?

Bally. Haha dang thats 2 funny questions in a row, I mean im just a regular average guy from Huntington Beach CA, I mean yes I love being me as in me not saying a baseball player.  I really just love life and I love to have fun so I dont know if its good being me but I do know I love being me. 

Q. What is your mindset going into Spring Training if the Nats sign Odalis Perez? That would mean 3 leftys in the rotation and only 2 right hander Rotation spots “Left”. No pun intended.

Bally. Well I have the same mindset going into spring training even if they had 4 leftys and 1 spot open, all I can control is the things I do so im working out hard and getting ready to show everyone what I got, I mean no ones spot is a forsure thing so im going to come in and so people that I deserve a spot in the rotation.

Q. What sports star would you like to meet?

Bally. I would like to meet Kobe Byant, Chris Pronger, and Dirk Nowizki.

Q. Can you grow that beard as long/shaped as Tim Redding’s used to be? (you may need to shave your head for effect). He’s never grown his back and we need a replacement.

Bally. Well let me tell you one thing, Tim Redding’s beard is really long and has great shape and I really dont think my beard can even get like that and im pretty jealous of him for that.

Q. Can/Do you play golf? Seems to be a prerequisite for the big club


Bally. Well I do play golf but I cant play it very good. I just like the freedom and how it makes me feel when I play. I am much better at just crushing 20 balls in a row though haha

Q. Do your parents follow you online and look for photos and what others are saying about you?

Bally. Wow you hit that right on the nose. In the minors they would listen to all my games on the internet and when I was doing good they would be calm and be happy but if I had a bad game or they thought the ump made a bad call they would get really mad at the computer so you could say they are very into my career and I love that.

Q. What are your pitching goals for the coming year and beyond? (One should be to make sure people on major tv sports whos know how to pronounce your name)

Bally. My one and only goal for this up coming year is to be and stay healthy the whole year and the rest will play out, you cant help the team on the DL. And for all you who dont know how to pronounce my name its Bal-(ist)-er

Q. What are you doing workout-wise during the off-season (besides throwing snowballs)?

Bally. ( haha) Well I have a personal trainer Nate Fugitt and he has been getting me into the best shape of my life and not only that hes working my fast twitch muscles with some speed training, I have already gained about 10 pounds and getting ready for spring.

Q. Tv sports shows?

Bally. I like The Office, Good Eats, Sportscenter, Baseball Tonight, Cash Cab, Discovery and food network.

Q. Pc or Macs?

Bally. I looooooooooooove MACS and would love to be on a commercial if there’s any apple reps looking at my blog haha.

Q. A lot of people when talking about building a successful team talk about having a balance of “youth” and “veterans.” Do you think the Nationals have this balance and if not, what do you think they need? How much stock do you put into “having that vet” in the rotation for guidance? Does the rotation really need that currently?

Bally. Well yes I think that you need some veterans to go with your young guys, me being a guy who likes to talk and learn can really learn from a guy who has been around and knows what to do and also what not to do, so I really think its important. I really think the veterans on our team last year were awesome, I mean anytime you needed to talk to them about baseball, life, anything you wanted to they where there to show you the ropes  and I really felt like I became not only a better player but also a better person because of them. I think Odalis Perez and Tim Redding really were good for us young guys on the team they were always around to help us out with any problems and showed us different pitches and how to hold them, and how to deal with the big league life, so I would say these guys if they are back next year are a positive part of our team for the future.

Q. Confess: What blogs and message boards do you frequent if any? (Might I suggest: natsnq dot-com, as a shameless plug. LOL.)

Bally. Um I looked at Tori Hunters blog alot and also one of my buddy Phil Hughes blog, I would say thats it. I look at mine about 50 times a day so keep writing to me ( haha)

Q. Are you aware you bare a strange resemblance to Jeff Fahey in the movie “The Lawnmower Man?

Bally. I have no clue who that is but thanks I hope. Ill check out a Pic of him. 

Q. If you could work with any other pitcher in the league, who would it be?

Bally. C.C Sabithia no doubt. He seems like a great guy and I mean obviously hes a great pitcher to say the least. 

Q. You dressed as a lumberjack for Halloween: please say your a Monty Python fan?

Bally. No im not sorry ( haha)

Q. Jim Bowden: On the sauce or deranged genius?

Bally. Great GM. Awesome guy too

Q. Spring Training gives fans unparalleled access to the players and it gives the players unparalleled access to the fans. How does this relationship effect the players? Are they annoyed by all the hoopla and vultures who look to get their autograph for an eBay auction or do they know it comes with the territory? What is your own idea of perfect “fan/player etiquette?”

Bally. I like it because like I always
say without you fans this game is nothing, so I like to give back to the fans and so them that I appreciate the support that they give on a day to day basis. Also I will sign for anyone thats the least I can do.

Q. Are you going for the Tank Abbott “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” look with the beard?

Bally. Haha, there’s only one Huntington Beach Bad Boy and thats Tito Ortiz, but no I just like to have a beard in the offseason because I cant have it during the year.

Q. Do the starters have any rookie hazing like the bullpen’s slap the head ritual? Do any starters have to carry a pink backpack?

Bally. Well I mean rookies period have little hazing all year long, but starters dont really have the kind of thing that bullpen guys have I think starters stick together a little better haha

Q. Don’t you hate sand in your shorts? I do, that’s why no one buries me at the beach.

Bally. Yes that is one of my least favorite things in this world.

Q. Sharks. As a surfer, love ’em or hate ’em?

Bally. Sharks are ok with me im an animal lover so all animals are cool with me.

Q. Do you give Garrett Mock crap about him being drafted before you in the 2004 draft? How about Ian Desmond?

Bally. Come on man those guys are my boys, and how could I give them crap if they were drafted higher then me haha..

Well that will do it thanks everyone for doing this and Keep the questions coming I really enjoy answering them for you..

From Beaches to Snow

Took a little vacation down to Florida last week, let me tell you there was a huge difference in weather compared to Ohio. It was nice to get out of the cold weather and into some tropical weather. The first thing I wanted to do is head down to the beach, I mean come on the last time I was at the beach was in CA over a year ago so I was missing it quite a bit. So Ashley, her brother ,and I went down to the beach and let me tell you FL beaches are way different then beaches in CA. So we get to the beach and they both lay down and get ready to soak up the sun, well not for me I mean for my whole life going to the beach has never been just soaking up the sun. The reason why I rarely ever get sunburned is because I put on SPF 50, I mean this stuff is basically a umbrella in a bottle (haha) meaning you cant get burnt with it on. During this weekend of fun I also road jetskis, went boating, and also got buried in the sand. It was a very fun little get away.

Once we got back to Ohio who would have guessed it would have been cold and snowing. It was a rough way to get used to it from the 80 degrees everyday to 30. But everyone who is a regular on this site knows that I get all excited for snow and act like a little kid when it snows. I really don’t know why snow makes me feel like this but it does. As always I was out playing in the snow at the first sign of a snowflake- not wearing the proper winter gear (see photo below). So from hot to cold this last weekend was a lot of fun.
This next week I want to do a question answer blog kinda thing, so I need you guys to ask the questions and I will answer them all in a blog. I think it will be really fun, so go ahead don’t be shy and ask any questions you guys have from things about me, to baseball, to what’s my favorite color, etc. haha
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Bored times in Potomac

So i was thinking about a funny night being really bored in Potomac, VA when I was playing with the Potomac Nationals. So me and my roomates Jeremy Plexico Aka plex $ and Steve Mortimer aka mort dog always had fun doing crazy stuff, so one night we made all kinds of funny videos of us talking weird and dancing, and stuff like that. So plex had the video on me and I kinda just went off and just started dancing to the song -half time- by Ying Yang Twins. So welcome into the start Bally Stars dancing and singing career. Hope you enjoy……. And yes this is really me haha

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Just another laugh

Check this video out, it is by far the funniest thing I have ever seen. Hope you all enjoy it


  Well, for Halloween Ashley and I went up to Perrysburg, Ohio to see some of her family and to hangout with some friends.  First off, yes I dressed up… as a lumberjack of course.   I have a pretty long beard going and it just seemed fitting.  The first thing we did was take my niece-to-be, Grace, trick-or-treating.  She was the cutest little 50’s girl you have ever seen. She is only 20 months old so she couldn’t quite say “trick-or-treat”, so she was saying “boo” to all the neighbors, it seemed to work pretty well.  We went to about 5 houses and people were looking at me as if I was some sort of freak–(I mean what 22 year old trick-or-treats any more??)  So then we went up to Bowling Green to hangout with some of our friends.  There were so many people out, and some of the better costumes I saw were: a pile of leaves, McLovin from the movie Superbad, a facebook profile page, a wheaties box, and Kim Kardashian, foam butt and all (Ashley).  All in all it was a pretty fun Halloween.

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  Also thanks to everyones feed back, I would love to hear some more questions or thoughts just let them rip and ill get back to you.. thanks everyone..
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