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11/20/12 Interview: Rumors to Rest.

Me: Hey guys! Today I am here with Hogan Miller, Virginia's new baseball recruit. It's time we all get answers to the rumors that have been scattered all around. Now, Hogan, if I am allowed to call you by your first name? Is that okay?
Miller: Yes sir, it's fine by me.
Me: Great. I know we are on limited time today, so let's just get to the questions shall we?
Miller: Let's do this.
Me: How do you feel about hearing all these rumors about you not being up to play?
Miller: Those are just rumors. I'm going to be out on that field whether it's practice or a game.
Me: What do you have to say to all of those non-believers? Because it seems that you have many of those after what happened.
Miller: Well, every player has those type of fans. But, you can't let that alter your way of performance when pushed to test. You train, you play, and you forget about them and just worry about doing what needs to be done when on that field. They can doubt me all they want, but I will not change the way I perform.
Me: I sense a bit of anger when I on this topic?
Miller: I've had this happen before back when I played back at Tennessee. People bashed me and said things that weren't nice at all, it wasn't professional either. But, that's what you have to deal with when you are in sports.
Me: Will you be playing this season? And if so, what position?
Miller: Oh yeah, I will be playing this season. There is no doubt about it. I'll be playing either short stop or center field.
Me: How would you feel if you weren't able to play?
Miller: I have been asked this question so many times... Baseball is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. I've been playing since I was able to sign up. It's everything to me. If I couldn't play, I would still do my best to try and even with this condition I have yet to throw in the towel and call it quits.
Me: You are one dedicated player, that's for sure. Tell me more about this heart condition you have? If you don't mind.
Miller: It's just something that happen in high school and left an ever lasting effect, I won't go into detail.
Me: Fair enough. How do you feel about people calling you the Secret Weapon?
Miller: When I first read your blog I saw that and I smiled to be honest. I mean, Secret Weapon? That's a pretty threatening nickname to give someone. But, I love it. I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for this season though. I won't say anything yet, you'll just have to wait.
Me: And how did you first feel when you read what I had posted? That is a pretty intimidating nickname for someone to have, you are correct. I can't have a hint?
Miller: I did feel some what frustrated and mad, but not to the point where I was screaming or anything. I just felt as if I was being attacked and I couldn't defend myself or say anything that could possibly change everyone's mind. I didn't take it personal though, I can tell you that. I can't give you a hint, it's a secret!
Me: Well, that's understandable though. Not many people like bloggers, so it's completely understandable. How are you spending your Thanksgiving this year?
Miller: Yeah, not many people do. I'm actually going back down to Tennessee for Thanksgiving this year.
Me: Oh, really? You excited?
Miller: Oh yes, I am so excited. I get to spend time with my baby brother and sister. I miss them and I can't imagine any important holiday or special occasion without them with me.
Me: I can tell you are very dedicated to your family.
Miller: Yes sir. They have helped me get to where I am today. They have been there with me every step of the way, they have been in the stands cheering me on. Through the sun and rain, they were always there to cheer me on. They are my greatest fans.
Me: That's a real baseball dedicated family you got there. How is it going to feel not having them there at every game this season?
Miller: It's going to be different. I'm definitely going to be missing seeing my little brother and sister holding up signs saying "get em' bubba!" I will definitely miss it. Gosh, I miss it so much.
Me: Well, you will even more fans this year. Maybe you'll get a few kids that make signs like that for you, you never know. I love that in every interview we've had some how family is mentioned. I have to ask, before it looks like your wheels are spinning back to the past right now. What will you miss the most while not having your siblings here?
Miller: I might, that's very true. You never know, I'm looking forward to finding out. Ha, my family... they're amazing. I will probably miss having them run up to me after games and hugging me and seeing they're smiling faces light up. Oh! And seeing them in jersey with my number on! They were cute. Gosh, man... now you're making me miss it a lot more now!
Me: I have to say, your face while talking about your siblings is the greatest. True family man right here ladies and gentlemen! Well, I thank you again for agreeing to do this interview with me, I look forward to interviewing you after your first game, can't wait to see you play!
Miller: I can't help it, it's my family man. Yes sir, true family man. Take lessons! No problem, anytime. Oh, I can't wait to play.. can't wait. I'm too exited for this.
Me: Well, I know you got a flight to catch. I wish you the best of luck and be safe while traveling for Thanksgiving. Have a great weekend and it was a pleasure to have you back.
Miller: I will, I will. No worries. Thank you sir, you be safe as well. Always up to doing interviews with you my main man.

2013 Step Up to the Plate Event Scheduled for Feb. 1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Baseball program will honor one of its own, three-time World Champion Javier Lopez of the San Francisco Giants, as part of the 11th annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

ESPN Baseball Analyst Tim Kurkjian will serve as the special host for the event. Several former Cavalier greats who now are playing professional baseball also will be in attendance for the special evening.

Tickets for Step Up To The Plate go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12) and can be ordered in person at the UVa Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by phone at 1-800-542-UVA1 or online at VirginiaSports.com. Sponsored tables may be reserved by calling the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 800-626-8723. Proceeds from the event will support the Virginia Baseball program.

Ticket prices are $70 for adults, $35 for Virginia Baseball alumni, $30 for children 12 and under and $20 for current UVa students. A Family Four Pack is available, which includes two adult and two youth tickets for $175. Sponsored tables for the event are $2,500 and include a reserved table for a party of eight, admission to the pre-event reception and eight General Admission baseball season tickets (no trade opportunity for Reserved seats). The pre-event reception for table sponsors will begin at 5:15 p.m. There is also a group or team special rate with the purchase of 20 or more tickets - $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.

Parking for the event is free in the John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall lots.

The night begins with an autograph session with the 2013 Virginia baseball team and silent auction at 5:45 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with comments from UVa head coach Brian O’Connor as well as the introduction of the 2013 team. A live auction will take place prior to a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. The silent and live auctions will include autographed memorabilia from Virginia and the professional ranks, as well as game tickets, exclusive Virginia Baseball experiences and more. After dinner, Lopez and Kurkjian will speak to the audience and hold a Q&A session. 

Lopez played at Virginia from 1996-98 and was a member of Virginia’s ACC championship team in 1996. He was drafted in 1998 by the Arizona Diamondbacks and made his Major League debut in 2003 with the Colorado Rockies. The left-handed pitcher has played with five organizations during his 10-year MLB career and won World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 2006 as well as the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and 2012.

Lopez posted a 3-0 record with a 2.50 ERA and a career-high seven saves in 70 relief appearances with the Giants in 2010. He has been a workhorse over the last three years, making at least 70 relief appearances each season, including a career-high 77 in 2010. In the past three seasons, Lopez is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA over 217 appearances.

Kurkjian joined ESPN in March 1998 as a reporter for Baseball Tonight and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has an extensive background in covering baseball, serving as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated from 1989-97 as well as a reporter for CNN-SI from 1996-97.

Kirkjian began covering baseball as the Texas Rangers beat writer for the Dallas Morning News, where he worked from 1981-85. He then covered the Baltimore Orioles for the Baltimore Sun beginning in 1986 before moving on to Sports Illustrated in 1989. His journalism career began with the Washington Star in 1978 following his graduation from the University of Maryland. He also worked briefly for the Baltimore News American in 1981 prior to covering the Rangers.

2013 Virginia Baseball Step Up to the Plate
Honoring: UVa’s Javier Lopez
Special Host: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian
Date: Friday, Feburary 1, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Location: John Paul Jones Arena
Parking: John Paul Jones Arena and University Hall
Adult Tickets: $70
Virginia Baseball Alumni: $35
Youth Tickets (12 & under): $30 
Current UVa students: $20
Family Four Pack (2 adult, 2 youth tickets): $175
Sponsored Tables*: $2,500 (call VAF to reserve)
*Includes: eight tickets to pre-event reception with Javier Lopez, Tim Kurkjian and other Cavalier greats, eight reserved table tickets to Step Up to the Plate and eight General Admission 2013 Virginia baseball season tickets (no trade opportunity for Reserved seats)

Event Timeline:
5:15 p.m.

Pre-event reception for table sponsors
5:45 p.m.
Doors open, silent auction begins and autograph session with 2013 Virginia Baseball Team
6:30 p.m.
Program begins; Coach O’Connor will introduce 2013 team; Live Auction
7:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner begins; Javier Lopez and Tim Kurkjian will speak to the audience following dinner; the night concludes with silent auction results

For Tickets - call the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-UVA1; for tables call the Virginia Athletics Foundation at 1-800-626-8723

Virginia Baseball poster, schedule card, magnet and t-shirt for all in attendance

Virginia Baseball Announces 2013 Schedule

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia baseball coach Brian O’Connor has announced the Cavaliers’ 2013 schedule. The 54-game slate includes home ACC series against Florida State, Miami, NC State, Maryland and Duke as well as a three-game non-conference series at East Carolina.

The schedule features 21 games against programs that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Twelve of UVa’s 20 road games will feature opponents that reached the NCAA tournament last year.

"Our players and coaches are looking forward to the upcoming 2013 season," O’Connor said. "We have many exciting ACC opponents as well as challenging non-conference games. Our home schedule will allow Cavalier fans to once again experience some great baseball at Davenport Field. Every season, our schedule creates a great opportunity for our program to be challenged at the highest level of college baseball, and we look forward to the opportunity again this season."

After a year hiatus, Virginia renews its series against East Carolina Feb. 15-17, as the Cavaliers travel to Greenville, N.C., to battle the Pirates for the season-opening weekend. The teams played home-and-home series in 2010 and 2011 and met again in the 2011 NCAA Charlottesville Regional, with UVa eliminating ECU in the championship game. The Pirates were NCAA Regional participants again last year.

Virginia opens its 34-game home schedule Feb. 19 at Davenport Field against William and Mary, marking the start of a 14-game home stand that lasts until March 13. As part of that stretch, the Cavaliers will play a three-game weekend series against Toledo (Feb. 22-24) and also a three-team round robin tournament the following weekend against Harvard and Bucknell (March 1-3). Toledo is the lone first-time opponent on the Cavaliers’ schedule, and UVa will be facing Harvard for the first time since 1965.

The Cavaliers open ACC play March 8-10 at home against Maryland. Virginia also will play home ACC series against NC State (March 22-24), Miami (March 29-31), Florida State (April 19-21) and Duke (May 10-12). FSU played in the College World Series last year, while NC State was an NCAA Super Regional participant and Miami hosted a regional.

Virginia’s five ACC road series are scheduled for Clemson (March 15-17), Wake Forest (April 5-7), Georgia Tech (April 12-14), Virginia Tech (April 26-28) and North Carolina (May 16-18). Clemson, Georgia Tech and UNC all competed in the NCAA tournament last season. UVa will play in Winston-Salem, N.C., against Wake Forest for the first time since sweeping the Demon Deacons there in 2009.

For the second straight year, UVa will not face Boston College in ACC play.

Virginia has non-conference home-and-home series slated against in-state foes Liberty and VCU. The Cavaliers will play host to Liberty on March 13 and travel to Lynchburg April 2 to play in the Flames’ new stadium. It will be the Cavaliers’ first game in Lynchburg since the 2005 season. UVa will travel to The Diamond in Richmond on April 30, with VCU returning to Charlottesville on May 14.

Virginia also will play host to George Washington (Feb. 26), VMI (March 6), Yale (March 19-20), Towson (March 26), Radford (April 10), Old Dominion (April 17), Richmond (April 23) and James Madison (April 24) in non-conference action.

The regular-season schedule is subject to change based on broadcast selections made by the ACC’s television and digital media broadcast partners. Both dates and times of games could be altered.

The Cavaliers return 18 letterwinners, including five position starters, from their 2012 squad which went 39-19-1 and reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth-consecutive season. UVa also welcomes a large class of 14 freshmen to form a young nucleus to the team. Of the 34 players currently on the roster, 25 are underclassmen.

2013 Season Ticket Information
Virginia 2013 baseball season tickets and 10-game packages go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12). The entire grandstand (sections 101-109) will be Reserved seating with chairback seats replacing the bleacher seats in the grandstand for the 2013 season.

2013 season ticket prices are the same as they were for the 2012 season. Reserved Seat season tickets in sections 104-106 are $200 for adults and $175 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. Reserved Seat season tickets in sections 101-103 and 107-109 are $175 for adults and $150 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. All Reserved Seat season tickets are initially only available to renewing 2012 season ticket holders.

General Admission seating for the 2012 season is available in the first baseline bleachers in sections A-D and F, the left and right field bleachers, and on the hillside down the left field line. General Admission season tickets are $100 for adults and $75 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff.

The season ticket priority ordering deadline is Monday, Dec. 10. Fans wishing to renew tickets or purchase new season tickets should place their order by this date to take full advantage of Virginia Athletics Foundation priority.

Fans interested in purchasing new Reserved Seat season tickets may request to be added to the Reserved Seat wait list by contacting the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office. Should Reserved seats become available, they will be offered to customers on the wait list in Virginia Athletics Foundation priority point order.

2012 Virginia baseball season ticket holders should expect to receive their electronic application by email on Nov. 12 and a paper application in the mail on Nov. 12 or 13. Fans may renew their season tickets online by logging into their individual ticket account at VirginiaSports.com/tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12).

A three-month payment plan is available to fans that purchase season tickets by the Dec. 10 priority ordering deadline.

Fans can purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or phone purchases. Phone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

Player Update.

A few months back a player who recently was revealed to be Virginia’s new star had been put on the disabled list due to a heart issue. Many questions have been asked… is he going to be playing in this upcoming season three months from now? Will he be permanently off the team? But the biggest question out there is, will he be able to continue his career in baseball. One of Tennessee’s valued players, was thought to be Virginia’s this season. Will he come back from this? No word yet on if he will be able to, but if he does, will he be the player we once saw before this injury happened?

That is still the big remaining question everyone is asking. Word is going around that he is suppose to be their secret weapon? But will their “secret weapon” be any threat for them to use at all? Awaiting more news on if this player will be back in action soon and showing everyone just how great of an athlete he truly is or if not show anything, but yet be discontinued from the team and lose everything he has worked so hard to get for his career. 

The rumor has it that he will not be able on the Davenport field any time soon, or even on the team as just another player sitting on the bench for the remainder of his year at Virginia. Is this true or a lie? No one has yet to answer this question or leave anyone to a single hint as to if it’s true or not. Another rumor is that he will come back from his injury and be the key to the team as once was suspected when he first came to Charlottesville, VA for a training weekend. Now, just a reminder to all those doubters out there. This player showed those there on that field, in the stands, just how good he was and that they made a great decision. He was extremely successful mostly every challenge they put him through. 

On November 20th, we have a interviewed set up and we will get hopefully all of our questions answered and the rumors put to rest. Stay tuned!

Radio Interview Script : Hogan Miller

Host: "Today we have with us the ever so popular Hogan Miller himself, thank you for being able to do this interview with us today Hogan."
Miller: "Thank you for giving me this opportunity, glad to be here."
Host: "Hogan... that's a rare name, how did your parent's even come up with that?"
Miller: (laughs) "Good question... Honestly, I have no answer for that."
Host: "But it fits you, so you pass.I have interviewed some of the other player's of The Vols and some from Virginia and when I bring up your name they always seem to call you Chaddy Chapstick... what's all that about? I'm dying to know."
Miller: "Story behind that is, I let people call me either Hogan or Chadwick which is my middle name and by whatever nickname they give me. But, one of my friend's father's thought my name was Chapstick so they started calling me ChaddyChapstick. Best nickname I have yet to get." (laughs)
Host: "ChaddyChapstick... might have to refer to you by that from now on."
Miller: "Doesn't bother me a bit."
Host: "How do you feel about leaving the great Volunteer state and going to Virginia?"
Miller: "I'm definitely going to miss this state. I mean, my family is here and so are my friends from UT. I will miss the campus a lot, not only is it a beautiful campus but come game days it's just another atmosphere there. Unlike anything else."
Host: "Oh yes, tailgates... so many good memories."
Miller: "Yes sir."
Host: "You sound so calm all the time, do you ever stress out when playing baseball? Or feel under pressure at all?"
Miller: "Well right now yes, i'm not playing right now." (laughs) "The stress... yes, I stress more over baseball than I do over school. I do feel a lot of pressure sometimes, people are expecting me to be some miracle worker out on the field and I try to reach those standards. It gets pretty stressful."
Host: "Well as dedicated as you are to baseball I would only assume that it's part of the sport. I've seen some of your highlights and I would say those clips are something people would see on ESPN. Especially your driving play, diving backwards for the ball.. I mean, the landing looked painful."
Miller: "It's all part of the sport, the good and the bad come along but if you can push through the bad than the good becomes greater." ... "That actually was painful, my neck and shoulder hurt for a good three weeks after that."
Host: "Spoken like a true athlete.".... "Ouch! looked like it too." "We have some caller's here waiting to ask you some questions, believe it or not. You ready?"
Miller: "Oh yeah, I was born ready sir!"
Host: "Caller, you're up. What's your question for Mr. Miller today?"
Caller 1: "Hi guys, so my question for you, Hogan is why did you decided to leave UT for VA?"
Miller: "I decided to leave due to the fact I needed to expand my options for a team who was willing to play me more than UT was doing at the time."
Host: "Thank you caller number one, Caller two you're up. What's your name?"
Caller 2: "Hey Guys, it's Emily. I know you probably get this a lot, but me and my girls were wondering if you were seeing anyone?"
Host: "Uh oh, the direction is turning Miller."
Miller: "Always that question. The answer to your question Emily, is no. I have no girlfriend, very much single."
Caller 2: "Just had to ask!"
Host: "Thanks for calling in Emily. Next caller!"
Caller 3: "Hello boys, It's Tracey. Hogan's favorite aunt ever, I just wanted to say that I'm proud of him and everything he's accomplished. I only see great things in the future and I hope he makes it through his last year of college without my cooking." (laughs)
Miller: "She would call in..." (laughs) "I think I will die without her cooking, she keeps me alive with her food. best cook in all of Tennessee ladies and gentlemen!"
Host: "Family love right there, well thank you Tracey for calling in and making him light up like a christmas tree."
Caller 3: "You will learn to survive without it honey. You're certainly welcome, and thank you."
Host: "Next caller, you're up!"
Caller 4: "Hey, it's Chris. I was just wanting to know if you'll still be pitching?"
Miller: "I will not, I will either be short stop or center field."
Host: "Thanks for calling, next caller! you're up!"
Caller 5: "What's up guys, it's Allan. How is this team going to be different from playing with UT?"
Miller: "Virginia is in a better division than UT and their season actually goes on longer than UT's does. A lot more teams to play, a lot more traveling, and simply they're higher ranked."
Host: "Thanks for calling. Well that ends the calls, how did that feel?"
Miller: "It wasn't so bad, at least no bashing calls. I'm glad for that."
Host: "You've gotten people bashing you now?"
Miller: "Yes sir, they say I abandoned the team and I betrayed them. But, with rising stars comes a hand full of haters."
Host: "Not good, not good at all. That is very true." ... "I love that your aunt called in, that was nice of her."
Miller: "Yeah, she's my favorite."
Host: "How often do you train and how long?"
Miller: "I train Monday through Friday. I start training at 5 am and I usually don't stop until 9:30 or 10."
Host: "Crazy schedule. What all do you do in training?"
Miller: "I practice hitting, stealing bases, and the normal things you would do at practice. But what I train on most is making sure when I go to hit the ball my body movements are in perfect time when the ball is released and making a great hit that could end up being a home run."
Host: "Sounds like a lot of work. I have one last question before we end this session... What drives you to be the dedicated athlete that you are today?"
Miller: "I would have to say... achieving the goals I have set for myself to get where I want to be, I won't give up on my dream or the sport I love."
Host: "And where is it that you want to be in the future?"
Miller: "Just like every other athlete, I want to make it into the Major League. I want to not only make there just for myself, but for my family as well. They have been there with me every step of the way and helped me when I had my chest injury in high school. They told me to never give up on what my heart desires most and being in the Major League is what my heart desires."
Host: "Wonderful answer, couldn't ask for a better one. Well folks, it's that time. I thank the ChaddyChapstick aka Hogan Miller for being with us today and answering these question's for us. We will certainly miss seeing you in a Volunteer uniform, I wish you the best of luck."
Miller: "It's been a pleasure to be here with you guys, I appreciate it. Thank you."
Host: "Everyone, again.. the ever so fabulous Hogan Miller. Tune in next Tuesday for our morning debate, don't miss it!"

one of my favorites!

(Source: Spotify)

I was recommended to listen to this, and i have to say.. it’s not really bad!

Upcoming Interview: Radio with Hogan Miller

be sure not to miss it, Friday afternoon at 1 pm! 

Interview with Hogan Miller

Me: "Good to see you again Mr. Miller."
Miller: "You too, sir."
Me: "How does it feel to be in Virginia and getting to train a little bit?"
Miller: "Oh man, i feel great. Actually, the whole entire flight here that's all I could think about. Baseball, i mean i can't even begin to tell you."
Me: "Really? The whole flight? Nothing else popped into your mind?"
Miller: "Not the only thing, but the majority of my thoughts were baseball." (laughs)
Me: "What was the other thoughts?"
Miller: "My family that i don't get to visit very often. I was really happy to finally see them and have some family time and all that good stuff."
Me: "One thing everyone is dying to know is.... are you single? or do you have a secret girlfriend no one knows about?"
Miller: (laughs) "Every where i go people always ask me that first..."
Me: "Is it really? i mean even my daughter made the comment of saying "oh my lord dad, he is so cute!" and all i could think was, he is too old for you honey." (laughs)
Miller: "Oh no, i was only joking. But, no secret girlfriend or anything like that. I'm very much single right now. Oh gosh, my aunt always said i was a ladies man, but didn't tell me i was a little's girls crush." (laughs)
Me: "Finally, we get that cleared and all the Miller fan's can stop worrying about that. (laughs) Well, you're pretty young and you don't have wrinkles so i assume you're good with the ladies."
Miller: "Yes sir, can't have any ladies throwing me off my game (laughs) can not happen. oh well, i hope not. I try to keep a young face."
Me: "Good to know. Now, i heard that once you quit Tennessee that you started getting letter's from a few Universities?"
Miller: "Ah, that.. yeah... it was probably a week after i quit that the letter's came in."
Me: "I know that Univeristy of Virginia sent one in and so did University of Auburn, correct? What were the other's?"
Miller: "Yes, I got their's first and then Auburn's came in. The other's were Arkansas, Michigan, and i'm sure it was North Carolina."
Me: "I heard that after accepting their offer they were so quick to cancel your letter?"
Miller: "Yeah... I really wanted to play for them. I was happy man, but they canceled it over some false information."
Me: "Yes, i heard about this... something having to do with you saying about their athlete's getting paid under the table?"
Miller: "Apparently so, but the funny thing is those words never came out of my mouth. Never thought that either."
Me: "It's their loss though, I mean I have seen you play you are really good."
Miller: "Thank you, I try my best to be the best out on that field."
Me: "That's all you can do. I have to ask, Who gives you the best inspiration?"
Miller: "That would have to be my grandpa, he's always there to give me an extra boost of confidence when i need it."
Me: "What's one thing that he's told you and you have never forgot?"
Miller: "There are so many things... I remember him telling me my freshman year in college to play with all my heart and nothing less, work harder than everyone else, train better than the rest, and play better than everyone else out on that field."
Me: "That is very inspirational, now i won't forget that (laughs) i'm writing this down to tell my kids in the future."
Miller: "It really works, it's stayed with me for this long." (laughs)
Me: "Tell us one fact about yourself that no one really knows."
Miller: "Oh man, this is a hard one.. Hm, probably... I can cook and bake?" (laughs)
Me: "Whoa, cook and bake? Chef/Baker Miller!" (laughs) "Going to make me something so I can test it?"
Miller: "Sure why not, It has to be simple though." (laughs)
Me: "Will do. So, are you excited to be playing for Virginia your last year of college?"
Miller: "I sure am, I mean Coach O'Connor is a great guy and I love their stadium that's for sure."
Me: "How do you feel wearing that Cavalier uniform?"
Miller: "I feel great when I have that uniform on, I mean.. I love the colors and as everyone knows my favorite color is orange so they did that perfectly."
Me: "Okay, okay, back to the personal's because we actually asked some people to send in questions before this interview."
Miller: "Oh boy, are you serious?" (laughs)
Me: "Oh very much. Alright, here's the first one. What is one thing you love about baseball?"
Miller: "There's not just one thing, it's just baseball all around. I could never just have one thing I love about it."
Me: "Good answer! Hm, what is your favorite brand to wear?"
Miller: "Definitely Nike and Underarmor."
Me: "I could have guessed that. Oh, here's a good one. What was your most embarrassing moment?"
Miller: "Oh I hate these (laughs) Mine is so bad, I don't know if I can say it.."
Me: "Oh come on, you have to answer. Your fans want to know!"
Miller: "Alright, for the fans. When I was a kid we went to swim with the dolphins, right? And when I was climbing out of the water the dolphin got really excited (laughs) this is so bad... but, it started humping me.."
Me: "That had to be so embarrassing for you!"
Miller: "Oh no, the best part is that my parent's didn't even bother to help me (laughs) at all, they stood there and laughed, but still video taped it. It's forever being played at family events."
Me: "I have got to see that sometime, seriously I would love to see that."
Miller: "I hate that video, so much."
Me: "Okay, I'm going to skip some of these and ask mine. What do you expect while playing for Virginia?"
Miller: "I expect to be with a bunch of great guys while playing the best sport in America, getting all the playing time I can get. Also, proving myself to those who don't think I am as good as they say I am. It's all about proving myself and making those doubter's believe in me when they see me play."
Me: "Determined to make those non-believer's, believe?"
Miller: "I sure am, I want to show everyone how good I am, it's all I can do."
Me: "Very well said. I have to ask, how did that photoshoot go?"
Miller: "Oh man, it was great. I'm sure they took more than 200 photo's."
Me: "I bet they did, I hear they had a few of you shirtless? I'm sure the ladies of America will go crazy as soon as they see the magazine."
Miller: "Yes.. (laughs) I have no doubt that they will go crazy over it. Can't wait to see it for myself."
Me: "I got to see a few photo's, you're very built. No weirdness intended at all though."
Miller: "Yes sir. I keep myself in shape, I workout daily it's like an addiction to me."
Me: "I remember you telling me in our other interview that you love running."
Miller: "Yes sir. Running.. I feel free when I run, it's explainable."
Me: "I agree. Well.. fans, listener's, viewer's, this has yet to be yet another great Interview with the Hogan Miller. Make sure to check out that magazine which will be coming out in a few months! And Mr. Miller, Thank you once again for accepting this interview."
Miller: "Always, a pleasure sir."
training camp, Hogan Miller running through the bases like it’s a piece of cake. Keeping his eye on the other players and his feet on the path to home plate.