10/01/2004 3:32 PM ET
Jackson: Trying to find a groove
Conor Jackson was selected in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. A third baseman at Cal-Berkeley, Jackson moved to the outfield when he became a professional. In this, his first full season, the 22-year-old hit .345 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs, to go along with a .438 OBP and .562 SLG in 67 games with High-A Lancaster. He hit .301 with a .367 OBP and .456 SLG in 60 games after a promotion to Double-A El Paso. He's a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions for the Fall League season.
We've gotten a week of games under our belt. We started games on the 5th. It's pretty exciting. You go out there, and as much fun as you want to have, you want to make it competitive, too.
We were out there and we were
playing and I had a couple of
buddies on the other team I knew. It was
the first night game and there
were some butterflies and the
adrenaline was pumping. After
that, I'm just trying to get comfortable
with the routine and sticking
with it. The competiion is definitely top
cailber. You hear about it but
now I'm seeing it in person.
The outfield coordinator for the Diamondbacks -- Lee Tinsley -- is our
hitting coach for the Scorpions.
It's a good situation since he
knows me pretty well and knows
the things I have to work on.
When BP's going on, he'll come
to me and help me work on the
things I need to work on. He
knows me better than anyone,
since he's the one who's taught me how to play the outfield from day one.
At the plate, I started off pretty
comfortable, pretty hot, but the
last couple of games I've been
struggling to get a hit and I can't seem to find a
hole. But I'm not really
worrying about it or pushing too
I have to tell you, this town is pretty crazy.
There's definitely a lot of
things to do. They sat us down
and told us about security
concerns, especially in regards
to what happened last year with
Dernell Stenson. They're pretty
cautious on what we can and
can't do. If we're going out,
we're going with a big group of
people. It's been good so far.
And now, on to your emails. Thanks to everyone who's sent in questions. Talk to all of you next week.
I'm a huge D-Back fan and I would like to learn more about their players in the minors. I read the article on the Diamonbacks site about you and had a few questions for you: Who is your all-time favorite player and why?What's the hardest thing about being a professional ball
player? Do you prefer outfield or third base? And...can I have your autograph if I go to one of your games?
I'd probably have to go with George Brett as my favorite player. I kind of grew up in his era. I grew up watching
the way he swung the bat. That
was always appealing, even
though he's left-handed and I'm
righty. When I was in Little
League, I was a Royal. That's
what I grew up with. And, of course, I used to be a third baseman.
The hardest thing is definitely
the every-day grind, getting
used to injuries and knowing
whether to play with pain.
Trying to figure out the difference between
pain and injuries is tough.
Being out there every day,
trying to find something good to
eat late at night after the
game, then waking up the next
day and doing it all over again is a challenge. It changes when you get to the show because the accomodations are a little nicer.
I like the outfield. I can't
really say I miss third base. Outfield is something I've
gotten used to. I've never
questioned whether I should be
playing third. I've had no
worries about it. They told me
it was the quickest way to the
big leagues. I said that's fine
with me. I've learned to like
And of course you can have an autograph. I'll meet you
by the dugout!
How do you view interacting with
fans? For instance, signing
autographs at a game or reading
the letters people send you. Do
players actually read their fan
mail and sign autograph requests
Yes, most players do. It might
take us time to get it back
because sometimes you let it
slide. But we should do it all
the time. That's the biggest
reason we're playing, for the
fans. The thing we
don't appreciate are the older guys
waiting for you after the game
with two sheets of cards and
they end up on Ebay the next
day. The best is when you open a
letter and you get a card from a
kid who says your his favorite
player. That's the best part of
the game. You become kind of a
I'm just curious,
does your social life take a "strike"
since you focus so much time on
baseball? Is dating even
It's tough. You definitely try
to go out and have a good time.
It's one of the only ways guys
can keep themselves sane over the course of the season. You
need to go out and stop thinking
about baseball a little. You just want to forget about it
and the best way to do that is
to go out with a group of guys.
Dating wise, it is tough. But a
lot of guys do it. Personally,
it's a tough life because you're
always on the road. It's pretty
much phone relationships. But most
guys are married or have a
girlfriend and make the best of
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