Paul Drozd

1)      All Your Favorites:

  1. Food: Dad’s Swordfish and Pesto Pasta
  2. Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
  3. Movie Character: Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) from Rushmore
  4. Book (Author): A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
  5. Book Character (what book?): Lee (East of Eden)
  6. Show: Community
  7. Type of Music: Post-Psychedelic Indie
  8. Musical Artist or Band: Brand New
  9. Album: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
  10. Song (Artist): Oh Comely by Neutral Milk Hotel
  11. Artist: Edward Hopper
  12. Painting: Nighthawks
  13. City (foreign or domestic): San Francisco
  14. State: California
  15. Country: United States of America
  16. Place (anywhere): Maui
  17. Sport: Baseball
  18. Activity: Ping-Pong
  19. Hobby: Reading
  20. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit
  21. Monopoly Piece: Top Hat
  22. Quote: “I wish I cut off my head and just let my body play the game” -Bob Tewksbury

2)      Why did you choose Santa Clara?
Its just a great place to be. I love the atmosphere. The people, the weather, the field, the professors, the prestige all of it clicked for me as soon as I set foot on the campus. The surrounding area is lively and cultured, it’s on the west coast, and close to the people I love. It seemed to be a great place to grow up and mature in, and it gave me opportunity to be great in many different areas.

3)      What draws you to baseball?  What makes it appealing to you?  What is special about the college game? 
I love to compete, and I love to win. Many times growing up I was bested in many physical activities because I was so small and weak, but if I played hard and worked at baseball, I could be the best one out there. Baseball made sense to me, played into my strengths as a person and teaches me invaluable life lessons on a daily basis. I love the feel of a game, the ups and downs, the little things that effect the outcome, and how raw talent or being the better team means you will always prevail. I love the peculiarity of the game.  The college game is intense, and just magnifies everything the game has done for me in the past.  I don’t think the competition getting better has changed the game at all for me, but rather, its the time and effort I put into the game that draws me in.  It gives me purpose, acts as a vocation, and it gives me energy to be the best me I can be every single day.

4)      How has the fall season gone for the team and you personally?
It is a new team. We are revitalized and true believers in our own ability to perform relaxed and win. We are less up tight and more free. We are having fun and getting better, and the team is ready everyday, even if sometimes it doesn’t show. For me personally, my fall has been rough.  I have had clearly been struggling with my control and general mound presence when I get out to the game.  It isn’t mechanical, because I throw lights out in the pen, but rather mental. But by working with a specialist I have been improving rapidly and hope to get more opportunities to just have fun out there, pitch like I know how, and be the guy.

5)      Who is your favorite guy on the team to compete with?  To compete against?  Why?
To compete with on the team I think is Brock Simon. He has great command and a killer change-up. Those are two things I am working really hard to get better at and approaching Brock with competition is like throwing cocoa powder on a fire. I love that. Just from talking to him this Fall my change-up has gotten much better and I have a better idea to the way he approaches his outings.

6)      Top 5 people, living or dead, to compete against?  In what?

  • Jack Kerouac (Creative Writing competition)
  • David Hume (Argument over the connection between mind, perception and the external world)
  • Hunter S. Thompson (Most epic vacation anywhere)
  • Sandy Koufax (Breaking ball competition, who has the most break [LONG SHOT])
  • Douglas Drozd (Video games, picking balls at first base, one on one hoops)

7)      5 people, living or dead, to have coffee with?

  • Sandy Koufax
  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • Jesse Lacey
  • Bradley Nowell
  • Betrand Russel

8)      What would you do with a billion dollars?
Buy the L.A. Dodgers and be a great baseball owner with whatever help I can find (probably sign the best pitcher I know too, Paul Drozd)

9)      #1 on your Bucket List?
Pitch in the bigs. Easy one.

10)  What’s your ideal 1st date?  Who?  What?  Where?
Annie Clark would be the fine young woman. Downtown San Francisco. Underground music club featuring tribute music to Neutral Milk Hotel. Late night coffee and trying not to be thrown off by the fact that I’m on a date with Annie Clark. Ideally I wouldn’t be as nervous as I think I would be.

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