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          Spartan Spotlight: Steve Bills

          Greg Meyer

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Sports
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          Steve Bills is a junior catcher for the Spartan baseball team. He is studying chemical engineering and hails from Greensburg, Pa.

          Greg Meyer: Who inspired you to play baseball?

          Steve Bills: My Dad. He took me to Pirate games when I was really young. Barry Bonds was my favorite player back then. I'm glad to say I grew out of that.

          GM: Sort of how he grew out of his hat size. Who is your favorite athlete?

          SB: Roberto Clemente.

          GM: The Pirates' finest. What are some of your athletic honors?

          SB: All-UAA Tournament (Team), 2009; second-team All-UAA, 2009.

          GM: You do drop bombs for a living come tournament time. What is your best baseball memory?

          SB: My first homerun, when I was eight years old.

          GM: Impressive. What is your worst baseball memory?

          SB: Watching the Pirates lose for 17 years.

          GM: I hear that. I only had 10 years of crappy Rays baseball, but if we don't re-sign Carl Crawford, I will quit being a fan. What is your favorite quote?

          SB: "I'm going to Sh-Booms!"- Kenny Powers

          GM: "I'm not gonna stop yelling because then that'll mean I lost the fight." Greatest show on television. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

          SB: I see myself working with polymers as a chemical engineer. Hopefully by then, I would have climbed the ladder a little bit and become a project manager of some sort.

          GM: What makes baseball stand out from other sports?

          SB: Baseball is a sport in which, at some point, you will fail. No one in the world is going to bat 1.000 or never make an error. You can fail seven out of 10 times and get inducted into the Hall of Fame. So, it teaches people to deal with failure and overcome adversity.

          GM: If you could invite any three people to dinner, living or dead, who would it be and why?

          SB: Bill Mazeroski, because he is a Pittsburgh Pirate hero and we don't have too many of those. Erin Andrews, no explanation needed. And Ted Williams, so I could get some tips on how to hit .400.

          GM: Technically, Ted Williams could be still dead or possibly living in the future. So you got that going for you, which is nice. Would you rather have the strength of 1000 men, be able to fly, or be invisible?

          SB: Definitely strength of 1000 men. Chicks dig the long ball. Just ask Chad Mullins.

          GM: Go deep or go home. What's your least favorite thing about baseball?

          SB: My least favorite thing about baseball is the song called, "Centerfield" by John Fogerty. I can't stand that song. It has been played at every baseball game since I was 10 years old.

          GM: Everyone knows "Sweet Caroline" is where it's at. What would we find in your locker right now that might surprise us?

          SB: The complete audio book of Kenny Powers, narrated by Kenny Powers.

          GM: I'm sure he speaks about his Achilles heel - his tireless work ethic. What's the high point in the baseball season?

          SB: Going down to Fla. for spring break and playing our conference tournament. Nothing better than playing baseball all day in 75-degree weather.

          GM: Yeah, it's pretty much the best state there is. Who is the best athlete you've ever competed with or against and why?

          SB: Matt Keen or Brett Ossola. Brett has the speed and athleticism, but Keen has the home runs.

          GM: This Keen kid is quite the diaper dandy, apparently. If you could be a girl for a day, what would you do?

          SB: I would hang out with Cory Pecorero [sic], because he has a nice sweater vest.

          GM: That is not a typo. Bills actually spelled his teammate's name wrong. Almost as embarrassing as wearing a sweater vest. Any insight on how the season is going so far?

          SB: It's going well. We play Heidelberg on Wednesday; then we play Cleveland State, Ohio Wesleyan, and Muskingum all this weekend. It will be a good test of toughness this coming week.

          GM: Best of luck.
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