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07/27/06 2:20 PM ET

Batting around with Nate McLouth

Pirates center fielder sits down with MLB.com

MLB.com: Who was your favorite player when you were a kid?

Nate McLouth: Ken Griffey Jr. I loved his swing. I think it's still the prettiest one there is. I loved the way he played center field. Growing up, he's exactly what I wanted to be like.

It was awesome when we first went to play the Reds last year. [Former first-base coach] Rusty [Kuntz] introduced me to [Griffey]. It was a pretty big thrill to get to meet him and play against him.

MLB.com: What was your first car?

McLouth: It was a '95 Bonneville. I was 16 when I got it and it was in decent shape. I kept it all though high school and my brother drove it for a year after I got rid of it.

MLB.com: What has been the proudest moment of your life?

McLouth: Making it to the big leagues. It's a tough thing to do and something I've wanted to do all of my life. To make it here was special.

MLB.com: What was your first job?

McLouth: This! This is my first job.

MLB.com: What would you be doing if you weren't in the big leagues?

McLouth: Definitely not having as much fun as I am right now.

I would probably be done with school and most likely doing something in my own type of business. I don't like the whole going to work and punching a timecard type of thing.

I don't have a problem with authority, but I just don't like working with a lot of people and for a lot of people. Baseball is playing with a lot of people, which makes it a lot different.

MLB.com: What are your hobbies?

McLouth: Video games and TV are pretty much it.

I love the series "24." It is by far my favorite show. I also like watching some old Saved By The Bell reruns.

With video games, college football on PlayStation 2 is my favorite, by far. I also like "MLB '06: The Show," hockey and Tiger Woods.

MLB.com: Who would you most like to meet, past or present?

McLouth: Probably George Washington. He got things going in this great country and I'd just like to chat with him.

MLB.com: What would fans be surprised to find out about you?

McLouth: They may not necessarily be surprised, because I make it pretty obvious, but I am a psycho University of Michigan fan, almost to the point where it is unhealthy. I am on their Web site every day checking out injury reports, spring ball and everything else. It's almost to the point where it has become obsessive.

MLB.com: Who has been your biggest influence?

McLouth: My dad for sure. He got me going in baseball and he taught me how to live my life and be a good person. He was never too busy for me and my brothers. He would always throw us batting practice, play catch and things like that.

Ed Eagle is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.