Spartan Spotlight: Clay Hurley
Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Sports
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Greg Meyer: Who inspired you to play baseball?
Clay Hurley: My grandpap, Bobby Locke. He pitched in the Major Leagues, so I guess baseball is in my blood.
GM: You wouldn't be a golfer too, would you? What are some of your other hobbies?
CH: I like to play the guitar and drums, snowboard, and go whitewater rafting. I also enjoy a fine history of pulling some of the best practical jokes ever.
GM: Ah yes. The tomfoolery inherent with the baseball dugout. Who is your favorite athlete?
CH: Grady Sizemore. I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, but my fantasy baseball team is named "Grady's Ladies."
GM: That's cute. Do you bring your purse to the plate or just out to centerfield? What is your best baseball memory?
CH: In my first college game against Emory, I came up with the bases loaded in the ninth. I hit a roller down the third base line; the third baseman fielded it and made a low throw to first. The first baseman got down on a knee in the baseline to catch it, and I tried to jump over him. I proceeded to knee him in the face - knocking out his two front teeth. Needless to say, everyone scored and we ended up winning the game.
GM: OK. I almost rescind my previous comment, but not quite. What is your favorite quote?
CH: "That's what she said. (I'm an Office addict)."
GM: My goal in life is to be the assistant to the regional manager. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CH: I'll probably be playing center field for the Indians (sorry, Grady). I'll either do that or actually use my education and become a clinical sports psychologist.
GM: Education is overrated and so is Grady. I think you got a shot. What makes baseball stand out from other sports?
CH: It's the only game where you can fail 70 percent of the time and still be a Hall of Famer.
GM: If you could invite any three people to dinner, living or dead, who would it be and why?
CH: I'll go with Taylor Swift. Yeah, she's the only one.
GM: That's a bold move, but I like it. Would you rather have the strength of 1000 men, be able to fly, or be invisible?
CH: Well I can already fly (I can dunk with the best of them), so I guess I'd take the strength of 1000 men. That should give my power numbers a bit of a boost.