Around the Horn With Darien Tubbs
Dec. 2, 2013
Memphis will field a 2014 squad that features 11 newcomers. GoTigersGo.com introduces you to outfielder Darien Tubbs as part of the Around the Horn series of question and answers with newcomers.
Tubbs is a freshman outfielder from Cookeville, Tenn., where he played for Cookeville High School.
Question 1: Why did you choose to play for the Tigers?
Darien: I loved the coaches. They made it seem like a second home. I enjoyed the campus and everything around it.
Question 2: What's been the biggest adjustment you've had to make to adjust to the college game?
Darien: Probably working bunting into my game a little bit more.
Question 3: Whose your favorite MLB player, and why?
Darien: Austin Jackson because his game resembles mine. He’s fast. I love the way he plays the game.
Question 4: If you didn't play baseball, what sport would you choose to play, and why?
Darien: Definitely football. I would be a quarterback. I’m like Michael Vick, but not really.
Question 5: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not on the field?
Darien: Play Xbox. I play NCAA Football 14.
Question 6: What's your favorite restaurant in Memphis?
Darien: Central BBQ. Best barbeque nachos I’ve ever had in my life.
Question 7: How did you get started playing baseball?
Darien: My dad was a professional baseball player. He played for the Cincinnati Reds. It just ran in the family. I wanted to continue the legacy to his name.
Question 8: What's your favorite TV show?
Darien: I like SpongeBob (SquarePants). He’s funny.
Question 9: What would be your favorite walkup song?
Darien: Maybe “All I do is Win” because I love to win.
Question 10: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Darien: When I was in high school, I used to drink orange soda before every single game.
Question 11: What parts of your game are you trying to improve?
Darien: Speed – working on bunting more and covering more ground in the outfield.
Question 12: What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Darien: Definitely the team. I love everybody. We’re like a family. I enjoy coming here every day and working with these guys.
Question 13: Who is the guy in the clubhouse that keeps it most upbeat?
Darien: Ford (Wilson). He cracks me up. He keeps a smile on everybody’s face.
Question 14: Nickname of your first little league team?
Darien: I think we were called the Cookeville Heat.
Question 15: What non-athlete would you want to meet most and why?
Darien: Sandra Bullock because she is very good-looking.
Question 16: If you could have one superpower which would you choose and why?
Darien: Elastic arms. I can be laying down and reach over and grab the remote. I could do anything I want and be laying down.
Question 17: At which store would you like to max out a credit card?
Question 18: What's the farthest you've been from home?
Darien: New York
Question 19: What's the least favorite thing about yourself?
Darien: I’m extremely short
Question 20: Three people you'd invite to a dinner party?
Darien: Jennifer Aniston, Drake and Katt Williams
Question 21: If you were selecting movies for a bus trip what would you pick?
Darien: Coach Carter
Question 22: Most embarrassing song on your iPod?
Darien: Baby by Justin Bieber
Question 23: Most played song on your iPod?
Darien: Feds Watching by 2 Chainz and Pharrell
Question 24: Can you dance?
Darien: Of course. I can dougie.
Question 25: Dream date?
Darien: Jennifer Aniston only when she plays in We’re the Millers because she is very good-looking in that movie.