09/11/2002 11:01 pm ET
Batting Around with Scott Hatteberg
A's 1B talks fishing, cartoons and Donnie Baseball
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- In his first year with the A's, Scott Hatteberg took over the starting job at first base in late May and hasn't let go. Along the way, the former Red Sox catcher has established career highs in homer and at-bats while batting in front of MVP candidate Miguel Tejada.
He's also established an excellent rapport with his new teammates, winning them over with quick wit and quiet professionalism. Wednesday at Edison Field, Hatteberg sat down with MLB.com to talk a little bit about his life away from the game.
MLB.com: If you weren't playing pro baseball, what do you think you'd be doing?
Scott Hatteberg: I'd probably be teaching somewhere at the college level. English or something. I'm a big reader, so literature would be a big part of my life.
MLB.com: What if you could play another professional sport? What would it be?
Hatteberg: Hockey. I've never played, but I think I missed my calling. I think I could've done some damage if that was something I'd played from the start.
MLB.com: What are the last three CDs you bought?
Hatteberg: John Hiatt, the new Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson.
MLB.com: It's well known that you're big into fly fishing. What's the appeal for you?
Hatteberg: Well, I like fishing in general, but I've got no patience. Fly fishing is just so involved. I mean, it might not look like it, but there's a lot of things going on, and the more you do it, the more you learn. It's a great challenge, but at the same time it's very relaxing. Plus the aesthetics of being out on the water, out in nature, I really enjoy that.
MLB.com: So what's your ideal day off? Must involve fly fishing, right?
Hatteberg: Yeah, but not completely. I'd say the ideal day off is to get up and fish for silvers in the morning, come back home, catch a movie and then go out to dinner with my wife.
MLB.com: If you could create a rule in baseball, what would it be?
Hatteberg: No split-finger pitches.
MLB.com: If you were the Commissioner of Baseball for a day, what would you do?
Hatteberg: I'd put a laser box behind home plate and get rid of the home-plate umpires.
MLB.com: What player, past or present, do you most admire?
Hatteberg: Don Mattingly. He absolutely embodied every thing I think a ballplayer should be. The ultimate gamer.
MLB.com: And finally, if you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Hatteberg: Bill Watterson, the creator of [the comic strip] "Calvin and Hobbes," Ernest Hemingway and Christy Turlington.
Mychael Urban covers the Oakland A's for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This feature was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.