Around the Horn With Nolan Blackwood
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Dec. 16, 2013

N. Blackwood

Memphis will field a 2014 squad that features 11 newcomers. introduces you to freshman right-handed pitcher Nolan Blackwood as part of the Around the Horn series of question and answers with newcomers. 

Blackwood is a freshman from Southaven, Miss., where he lettered three years for Southaven High School.

Question 1: Why did you choose to play for the Tigers?

Nolan: It was close to home. I felt like I had a good chance of playing as a freshman and helping the team out.

Question 2: What's been the biggest adjustment you've had to make to the college game?

Nolan: The strike zone is a little tighter and there are better hitters.

Question 3: Whose your favorite MLB player, and why?

Nolan: Justin Verlander. He's a dominating pitcher.

Question 4: If you didn't play baseball, what sport would you choose to play, and why?

Nolan: Basketball. I'm actually pretty good at it, and I'm tall.

Question 5: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not on the field?

Nolan: Fish and Frisbee golf

Question 6: What is your favorite restaurant in Memphis?

Nolan: Ching's Hot Wings

Question 7: How did you get started playing baseball?

Nolan: Church league tee ball team. I joined that and kept going.

Question 8: What's your favorite TV show?

Nolan: SportsCenter

Question 9: What would be your favorite walkup song?

Nolan: I've used Hells Bells and Enter Sandman. Those are the two I use mainly.

Question 10: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Nolan: Not really. I always warm up the same but every pitcher does that.

Question 11: What country would you most like to visit?

Nolan: Germany

Question 12: What parts of your game are you trying to improve?

Nolan: Offspeed pitches

Question 13: What's your favorite thing about Memphis?

Nolan: I love the coaches. They're right there with you. It's a really fun atmosphere with all the boys. They're really nice, cool and accepting.

Question 14: What's one thing your teammates would be surprised to know about you?

Nolan: I used to be chubby as a kid. Now I'm just skin and bones.

Question 15: Who is the guy in the clubhouse that keeps it most upbeat?

Nolan: Bryce Beeler

Question 16: Nickname of your first little league team?

Nolan: I think we were the Cardinals.

Question 17: 17. What non-athlete would you want to meet most and why?

Nolan: Adam Sandler. He's hilarious. I love his movies.

Question 18: If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

Nolan: Be invisible

Question 19: At which store would you like to max out a credit card?

Nolan: Dick's Sporting Goods

Question 20: What's the farthest you've been from home?

Nolan: Oklahoma

Question 21: Least favorite thing about yourself?

Nolan: I'm quiet sometimes. When I get around new people, I'm quiet and shy.

Question 22: If you were selecting movies for a bus trip, what would you pick first?

Nolan: The Longest Yard

Question 23: Most played song on your iPod?

Nolan: Let Me Take You Out by Bryan J

Question 24: Can you dance?

Nolan: No. I'm lanky. It doesn't look right.

Question 25: Dream date?

Nolan: Carrie Underwood



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