August 2006

One on One with Padres Clay Hensley

What was your favorite thing to do in Pearland?

Playing baseball in high school and getting ready for the games on the weekend was a lot of fun.

Do you ever think about your high school days?

Oh yeah!  I think about them quite a bit and still talk to friends from high school and when I get back to Texas in the off season I usually hang out with my friends from high school.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

I would have to say my favorite was my baseball coach, Coach Allen,  He taught me a lot about baseball and about being a good person.

When you are in town do a lot of people hit you up for tickets?

Oh yeah, a lot of people call for tickets, but I usually leave the tickets for friends and family. 

What has been your most memorable moment in baseball?

My most memorable moment so far was when I got called up and I had my debut against the Mets.  Another moment was when we got to the playoffs last year and pitched against St. Louis in the play offs.

What was your most memorable high school moment?

When I got selected to a first team All-District team. 

Did you ever get sent to the principals office?

I think I did a few times, yeah (laughs).  I think one time was for being out in the halls without a hall pass.

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Competitive.

How do you spend your time off the field?

Off the field I usually play a little golf, relax a little bit and hang out by the beach in San Diego.  In the off season I do a lot of hunting.

Name something you always wanted to learn.

I always wanted to learn Spanish fluently.  I don’t know Spanish so I think it would be cool to know that.

What is your favorite pitch to throw?

My fastball.

Who is the toughest guy for you to pitch to?

I would have to say one of the toughest is Alfonso Soriano or Albert Pujols.

Which person influenced you most in life?

My mother.  She was always there for me, she did a lot for me and she always made sure me and my brothers were taken care of.

What age did you start pitching?

I started pitching actually when I was about twenty-years-old.  I used to be a center fielder before that. 

The best advice I could give a new rookie pitcher would be….

Stay within yourself and don’t try to do too much and just throw strikes.

If I had a different job I’d be…

I’d probably be working in an oil field somewhere.

How is playing for San Diego different that other teams you have been on?

I think the best thing for San Diego is that you can’t beat the city, the climate is beautiful everyday, eighty-degrees and sunny all the time so it’s just great baseball weather.

Do you feel pressure on your shoulders when you pitch?

There’s always a little bit of pressure because you want to pitch well and you want to do well.  As far as being nervous, I’m not really that nervous, it’s exciting and a lot of fun.

Describe the sound of a home run.

You can’t hear yourself think because usually the crowd is so loud. 

People who knew me in high school thought I was….

A lot of fun.  Athletic.

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