Around the Horn With Nolan Blackwood
Dec. 16, 2013
Memphis will field a 2014 squad that features 11 newcomers. GoTigersGo.com 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?
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?
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?
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