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Athlete of the week: Kyle Simon

Daily Wildcat: What allowed you to be so successful on Sunday when you threw a complete game?

Kyle Simon: Basically, I came into the game, and I got stretched out so my arm was really loose. My two-seam (fastball) was really diving on Sunday. I was throwing probably about 87-90 mph with about a foot of sink, so everything I threw over the plate, and I didn’t really have that good of command, but when I could throw it around the strike zone guys were swinging and missing or hitting easy ground balls for our fielders to field. My off-speed, changeup and slider were really on to get me back in the count, so I could get K’s when I needed them.

What are your goals for the rest of the year?

You know just to go out and put my team in a winning situation when I leave the game, or just finish the game like I did on Sunday.

Do you have any superstitions or weird routines before games you pitch?

Superstitions … I try to stay away from because I figure if I lose a game then I kind of have to start over, so I just kind of go out there and do my best every time and compete my ass off.

If you’re not playing baseball, what are you doing?

Playing ping-pong, I like to watch movies, I enjoy cooking, I like to go hiking … I like to bike ride.

What’s your best dish that you cook?

I really like chicken fettuccini, I also like to cook Parmesan chicken, anything with chicken really because I’m a big protein guy.

Who is your favorite MLB player?

I’d have to say Brandon Webb.

Why is that?

His sinker-ball, I like that.

Do you have a nickname that the team calls you?

The guys here call me “”Tree”” for being tall, 6’6″” or  “”Slimeon.”” I don’t know why  “”Slimeon,”” but that’s what they do.

Last question that we ask everyone: Who is your dream girl?

Hmm, dream girl. Well, I’m not going to say a porn star like (Kurt) Heyer … I’d probably have to go with, um … (turns to teammate Jett Bandy) Jett, who’s hot?  Um, I really like Megan Fox … and Kurt’s mom.

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