PressBox caught up with Orioles outfielder/infielder Trey Mancini. 

PressBox: Who was your favorite athlete when you were a kid?

Trey Mancini: Ken Griffey Jr. was my favorite player to watch. I’d say a lot of kids who grew up in that time liked him, [Mark] McGwire] and [Sammy] Sosa, but Griffey was my favorite.

PB:If you weren’t playing baseball what would you be doing for a living?

TM: There’s a good chance I’d be in law school right now. I was a political science major [at Notre Dame].

PB: What is your all-time favorite movie?

TM: “Shawshank Redemption.” I just think it’s the best movie of all-time. I watch it probably at least once a year. If any of my friends haven’t seen it before, I try to get them to watch it. 

PB:What’s your favorite thing about Baltimore?

TM: I like going to Fells Point a lot. I think it’s a really cool area, so I like checking out different restaurants and things to do there. 

PB:Do you have a favorite road city?

TM: I actually really enjoyed Kansas City a lot. It’s got a good Midwest feel to it.

PB:What’s your favorite thing to do in the offseason?

TM: I play some tennis. I’ve been playing since I was 3 years old. So if I want to get some cardio in but I don’t want to run I play some tennis because it’s a really good workout.

PB: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

TM: Pizza, for sure. It’s my favorite food of all time by far. During the season, especially sometimes on late nights, pizza’s probably the easiest option. I eat it probably more than I should.

PB:What’s something everyone’s obsessed with but you just don’t get?

TM: I’ve never understood everybody’s obsession with The Muppets. Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy and all them — they go on talk shows and stuff and everybody loves them, and I just don’t get why everybody likes them so much. It’s always annoyed me.

PB: What’s something you wish you knew more about?

TM: Since I was a political science major, I wish I knew more about what’s going on politically. I know a decent amount, but I guess, like the whole healthcare thing, I don’t know many details about it, so if it comes up in conversation, I don’t really have much to put my two cents in because I don’t know the ins and outs of it and what’s really going on with it. So I’d like to get a little more well-versed in that and what’s going on day to day in the political world.

PB: What the best advice you were ever given?

TM: Don’t worry about what anybody else thinks of you. In baseball that’s definitely helped me the most. And it’s hard because you want everybody to like you and think you’re talented, but it’s just impossible. Even the best player in the world or the best person in the world, somebody’s going to have some issue. So just try to make yourself happy and not worry too much what other people think.

Issue 236: August 2017