08/04/09 7:04 PM ET
Seay chats with Tigers fans
Southpaw thinks Washburn makes a good addition
Bobby_Seay: Bobby has joined us from the Clubhouse and we're ready to start...
ComericaPark: Why did you choose to wear No. 44?
Bobby_Seay: In 2006 it was the number assigned to me, I didn't get to pick a number and I'll been 44 ever since.
Bobby_Seay: I've been 44 ever since...
ComericaPark: Where is your Olympic Gold Medal right now?
Bobby_Seay: Safety deposit box in a bank...
overmyhead: What is the most challenging part of being a pitching "specialist" ?
Bobby_Seay: You have to be ready to play every day compared to a starter, when they know they have an assigned day to pitch.
ComericaPark: Why do you make the rookies carry supplies in a pink backpack?
Bobby_Seay: It's been a tradition since I was a rookie... it's all part of the rookie process. Everyone has had to do it at some point.
dannyvinny: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Bobby_Seay: Anybody on the New York Mets... as a kid I loved the Mets.
WesleySalisbury: What is your approach when you face tough left-handed batters such as Prince Fielder?
Bobby_Seay: Depends on the situation... same as any hitter... try to get ahead, don't fall behind in the count and keep 'em guessing.
Snackshack100: Do you think that you should be played for more innings and more games?
Bobby_Seay: It's not my decision...
jpgrier: How is the atmosphere in the clubhouse?
Bobby_Seay: This year is a lot different than past years... we have a good chemistry, good group of guys... we've come together and we know what it's going to take to get where we want to go...
dcrown: Bobby, prior to your last outing, you had struggled for a couple of weeks and didn't look confident. How important is that confidence when you're asked to get a specific batter out and trying to hit your spots?
Bobby_Seay: It's tough to stay mentally sharp and physically ready every day... that's why it's a grind of 162 games...
jrey2005: What is it like to pitch in front of 36,000-plus fans?
Bobby_Seay: Awesome, exciting... it's always a lot more fun playing at home especially when the fans are involved and into the game.
AlwaysWorking: How hard is all the traveling when you and the other players have to leave your wife and/or girlfriends? Do they travel with you?
Bobby_Seay: Travel is harder late in the year... it starts to take a toll on your body... we concentrate on getting more rest this time of the year.
UM_TigersFan: Out of all the hitters you have faced, which hitter are you most reluctant to pitch to?
Bobby_Seay: Albert Pujols
lukie1268: Tell me how you got the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues?
Bobby_Seay: Drafted, and worked my way up through the Minor Leagues with Tampa Bay.
macishboo: What was the inspiration for your current facial hair?
Bobby_Seay: I just try and change it up every year... something different.
tigstsc1: What type of things do you do to prepare as you sit in the bullpen during the game?
Bobby_Seay: Stay flexible, stretch... keep blood flowing... watch the game and wait for the phone to ring.
mudhens11: What was your highest point in your career?
Bobby_Seay: Olympic gold medal in 2000... playing in the Majors is a life-long dream and it's up there just as much...
tigstsc1: I have noticed that some members of the bullpen spend the whole game in the 'pen and some are in the dugout for a while. Why is that?
Bobby_Seay: Some of the late-inning guys watch a couple innings in the dugout and then come out...
overmyhead: Do you think the American League should do away with the DH, and is stepping up to the plate to hit an opportunity you would like to have?
Bobby_Seay: I'd love to swing a bat, but I don't believe they should do away with the DH, the DH makes the American League the American League.
schmi1jm: Do you enjoy coming in for short periods of time? Would you prefer to be a starter?
Bobby_Seay: I think every pitcher wants to be a starter, but I enjoy having the opportunity to play every day, and that comes along with relief pitching. Starting pitching doesn't challenge your mental makeup as much as relief pitching.
davidlally: My 5-year-old son wants to know how many teams you have played for?
Bobby_Seay: Three teams... Tampa Bay, Colorado and the Tigers
Swirly: Who is the funniest guy in the bullpen and who is most serious?
Bobby_Seay: The rookies are quiet... no one is really that funny... it's tough to tell who's serious... some guys are more talkative than others.
andeed: Do you ever play/see any of the MLB video games with you in them?
Bobby_Seay: MLB The Show... we play it quite a bit.
mudhen06: My son Jacob asks, "What was the most important lesson you learned while playing little league baseball?"
Bobby_Seay: To have fun.
IamAlwaysATiger: Do you have a signature pitch?
Bobby_Seay: No, I have several pitches to mix in... but you always have to have confidence in your fastball and that will make your other pitches better...
macishboo: Do you wear metal or molded cleats?
Tiger_Geiger: Are you excited to watch [Jarrod] Washburn today?
Bobby_Seay: Yes. It's a good addition to the team. We needed a left-handed starter. I'm anxious to see how he responds to his new surroundings.
karlun: Bases loaded, two out, 3-2 count on the hitter. Do you throw a fastball or a curve and why?
Bobby_Seay: Depends on the situation, on the score, depends on the batter...
mdoc07: What are some other rituals you guys do in the bullpen?
Bobby_Seay: We like to drink coffee, make fun of each other... stretch out and be ready for the opportunity.
jpgrier: Mr. Seay, who was the biggest influence when you were coming up?
Bobby_Seay: My Little League coaches when I was young and my high school coaches definitely made a big impact on me as a player.
Tiger_Geiger: What is it like when you pitch in front of your family?
Bobby_Seay: Rewarding... it's awesome. They see me perform at the highest level and they get to enjoy it as much as I do.
heathersmk: Do you think pitch counts are something they should worry about in the Majors? Or is it just a lot of bologna?
Bobby_Seay: It's something to worry about... especially late in the season... I think it's a big part of the game.
rclegacy: Hi Bobby! How hard is it coming into the game with men on and you have nowhere to walk the batter?
Bobby_Seay: It's not always the situation to be put in... but sometimes you have to bear down and throw strikes and hope good things happen...
IamAlwaysATiger: How does it feel to pitch to a big hitter like Luke Scott especially in this series?
Bobby_Seay: Just like any other hitter... you pitch your game... you know the hitter's strengths and weaknesses and you know yours as well...
paparyan69: Do you think the Tigers have a shot at the AL Central pennant?
Bobby_Seay: Of course...
mr0zip0: You say your favorite team was the Mets. Do you have any problem pitching against them because of this?
Bobby_Seay: No, not at all... that was my favorite team as a kid.
cdaw: What is your favorite place to eat around Detroit?
Bobby_Seay: Anywhere in Troy... Ocean Prime or Ruth Chris
andeed: If you had to play something else besides pitching, where on the field would you like to be?
Bobby_Seay: Center field...
cdaw: Who is your favorite MLB player to watch?
Bobby_Seay: Albert Pujols
macishboo: How many times have you feel asleep in the bullpen?
jpgrier: Does how well your pitching depend on the catcher?
Bobby_Seay: To some degree, yes... it's a lot easier to pitch when you have a catcher who's mentally into the game.
matt15510: OK, so I'm a left-handed pitcher and I'm throwing about 83-85 and I was just wondering how to improve my velocity. I don't really have a curveball, but my changeup is sick. Any tips?
Bobby_Seay: Try and play extra-long toss... do rotator cuff exercises.
inge4life: What do you enjoy during the offseason?
Bobby_Seay: Living in Florida, golfing and fishing...
andeed: Why do you chug Red Bulls before taking the mound?
Bobby_Seay: I like it's taste, it's refreshing...
kraig14: Are there any stats of yours that you look at after the season is over to decide if you had a good season or not?
Bobby_Seay: Mostly look at appearances... the more appearances I have, the more confidence I have in the manager using me.
jpgrier: Do you pay a lot of attention to your stats or just focus on pitching?
Bobby_Seay: I don't pay a lot of attention to it... i just worry about getting the job done on a daily basis.
IamAlwaysATiger: How do you like Jim Leyland as a manager?
Bobby_Seay: He's awesome. He's helped my career tremendously and I think he's done a lot for Detroit... he makes coming to the ballpark easy every day.
paparyan69: Yo Bobby, what's your entrance song?
Bobby_Seay: Hyptomize by Notorious BIG
suttonsbay: How fast could you throw in high school?
spike1994: Does being a relief pitcher take more preparation than a starter?
Bobby_Seay: No. It takes more mental preparation on a daily basis, than starting.
4tigerfans: What NL team do you predict will be in the World Series this year (vs. the Tigers of course)?
Bobby_Seay: Dodgers or Cardinals in my opinion, but don't rule out the Phillies.
tigstsc1: What was going through your head as the national anthem was being played when you won at the 2000 Olympics?
Bobby_Seay: Felt a lot of pride. One in a million feeling. Watching them raise the flag. Almost indescribable....
jpgrier: Do you think the Tiger's offense or defense is the key to the postseason?
Bobby_Seay: Both will play huge roles in our stretch run.
matt15510: If you weren't a professional baseball player, what would you be?
Bobby_Seay: I would be a meteorologist...
title2009: Do you keep any momentos from ballparks such as grass or dirt form the mound?
Bobby_Seay: No, just baseballs.
bigtigfan: So when you play MLB the Show, do you always bring yourself in to pitch?
Bobby_Seay: No. I play it just how I think I would manage the game.
ohiosno1tigerfan: Despite the teams recent struggles to score runs, are the players still optimistic they can "right the ship" and make it to the postseason?
Bobby_Seay: Sure. Our offense has been sporadic at times, but down the stretch I think guys are going to step up and start hitting the ball a lot better.
Bobby_Seay: Bobby would like to say thank you for everyone's participation. He enjoyed the session and your questions. And he appreciates all of your support of the team.
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