Newest Oriole Pie speaks
Sun baseball writer Dan Connolly conducted a phone interview with Felix Pie this afternoon. Pie is still in the Dominican Republic. It’s been a struggle recently for Pie, whose mother died last Monday.
Reaction: "I am a little sad, because that’s my first team in Chicago. It’s gone now, I am traded to the Orioles and I am happy to be with the Orioles. I think it is a good decision for my career.
On knowing Orioles President Andy’s MacPhail interest: "I know Andy MacPhail from Chicago, from a long time ago. He called me and talked to me. He said he is happy I am now an Oriole and now I am going to have more opportunities."
On his knowledge of the O’s: "Whenever you have a new team you have to do your job, (but) it is a little easier for me (because) I know those guys. I don’t know anything about the Orioles. I know Andy MacPhail, the pitching coach and the manager a little bit and that’s a little easier for me."
On his opportunity as the starting left fielder (he’s only played three big league games in left field and he doesn’t think any in the minors): "It’s great. I think I am going to be OK in left field. I get an opportunity to play now. I’ll be in spring training and I know my situation and I’ll help my team win. "It will be a little hard. When you work hard every day, I think I will get it. I (will) work every day to take ground balls and fly balls from the machine and I think I’ll get it."
On any surprise that he was traded: "I’m not a bit surprised because I know there was not opportunities to play in Chicago. The outfield is full. I knew a trade (was possible). I did not know what team. I am happy to go to the Orioles and to play every day."
What went wrong in Chicago: "I had the opportunity to play every day in the minors and everybody knew me in the minors. In the big leagues, it was a little different. It was up and down and up and down, and I didn’t get a chance to show people that I can play every day and I can be a superstar. Now, I can show everybody what they’re getting from me. (With) the opportunity to play every day maybe I show I can be a superstar."
What O’s fans will see: "My energy, a young guy that will play hard every day and help my team win. I’ll go to the field every day and focus on playing every day."
How he describes his game: "I can bunt, I can run, I can steal a base and play defense and I can hit. Late in the game you need to steal a base, I can do that. I have a lot of things I can bring to the game. Now I can play every day and make adjustments."
The transition to another team: "It’s a little tough for me but I think I’ll be OK over there. Now I am an Oriole. I’ll go play with the Orioles and I’ll be fine over there."
On the Cubs: "This team needs to win, this team can’t wait to see if a guy can play and give him time. (The Orioles) can do that."
On Baltimore the town: "I don’t know anything about Baltimore. I think it can be a great team. I’ll go see."