February 9, 2009 - by
Countdown To First Pitch: Q & A With Ruairi O’Connor

Feb. 9, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Baseball is gearing up for what looks to be an exciting season in 2009. Following a run to the College World Series last year, the Seminoles hope to make a return trip to Omaha in ’09 returning 18 letterwinners while welcoming 13 newcomers.

To provide fans with an inside look into the 2009 season, Seminoles.com is featuring daily highlights including interviews with all 33 players as well as a preview for the upcoming season as we count down the days to first pitch on Friday, February 20 against Hofstra.

With 11 days before the season opener against the Pride, Seminoles.com sat down for a question and answer session with senior outfielder Ruairi O’Connor. The River Forest, Ill., native was named one of three team captains in 2009.

1. What is your favorite professional sports team?

a. Chicago White Sox

2. What’s your favorite TV show?

a. Always sunny in Philadelphia

3. Most recent song you listened to on your iPod?

a. Song: Electric Eel, Artist: MGMT

4. Who is your favorite pro athlete?

a. Carlos Quentin

5. Who is the best athlete you have competed against?

a. Tommy Oravetz

6. Other than at Florida State what is the best venue you have competed at?

a. Georgia Tech, Rosenblatt Stadium – Omaha

7. What was the last movie you saw?

a. Pineapple Express

8. Dream vacation?

a. Tokyo, Japan

9. Favorite kids cartoon?

a. Dora the Explorer

10. Favorite food?

a. Johnny’s Beef

11. If you could have dinner with any three people (living or dead) who would they be?

a. My dad, my mom, my niece

12. If you weren’t playing your current sport, what would you be doing?

a. Writing a novel

13. Favorite team tradition?

a. Winning

14. Superstitions?

a. Hanging out with Pat Yount the night before the game

15. Who makes you laugh?

a. Kaya O’Connor

16. Why did you pick FSU?

a. Mike Harrison Jr. and Sr.

17. Best memory from FSU?

a. My first homerun

18. First job?

a. Telemarketing

19. Talent I would most like to have?

a. Teleportation

20. Dream date?

a. Sheena Samanipour

21. Your words to live by…

a. ELE….Everyone love everyone

22. One thing I can’t live without?

a. Jake Pfeil

23. Favorite spot on campus?

a. “Club” Williams / Williams Building

24. What is one superpower you wish you could have?

a. The ability to morph

25. When I am at home I like to?

a. Paint

26. Most influential person in your life?

a. It’s a tie between dad and mom

27. On average I send _____ text messages a day

a. 100

28. Facebook or MySpace?

a. Facebook

29. Any pre game rituals?

a. Handshakes

30. I know it is game time when?

a. 11 says “pitching and defense”


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