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August 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Fredy Montero on his first pitch, his MLS 36 episode, his season and more

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As mentioned the past couple days, Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero threw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s Mariners game at Safeco Field. He talked about that and more after Wednesday’s practice and here is the transcript of that conversation.

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(How did it go throwing out the first pitch at the Mariners game Tuesday?) “I feel good because at least I put the ball in the catcher’s hand, you know? That’s all.”

(Were you nervous?) “A lot, yeah. I was really nervous. It is always like a weird feeling when you are doing something you don’t do often. At the end of the day I was happy. It was a really good experience and a big honor for me to be part of the first pitch of the Mariners.”

(What went into “Felixing” for a goal celebration Saturday?) “I was driving to the stadium and, as usual, I was looking at Twitter. One of the fans tweeted me: ‘Hey, you should celebrate by Felixing.’ I tweeted him and said, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ After the goal and everything I remembered that and I decided to do it.”

(Have you ever met Felix Hernandez?) “No, no. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him, but obviously I am supporting every single Seattle team. It doesn’t matter what team it is and what sport it is. I know Felix Hernandez is a really good pitcher.”

(This is the second time you’ve done a Mariners-inspired celebration after the “home run” celebration for Jack Wilson…) “Yeah, I think two years (ago), too, I had the opportunity to celebrate a goal vs. D.C. United with Ozzie and then one more here last year. We always try to be involved with baseball because of Ozzie.”

(What did you make of your “MLS 36” episode?) “I don’t know. Always when I sit down with my wife to watch it, I can’t stay there. I just leave my sofa. I don’t know. It’s so weird to watch myself on TV.”

(Is it hard mentally to stay in the game when you come off the bench?) “It is hard because you have to pay attention of how the team is (doing on the field). I think I’m blessed. I don’t want to say lucky because I’ve had to opportunity to score (before and I didn’t), but this time after five-, six minutes of coming in I put the ball into the net. This is soccer.”

(Do you see things differently from the bench? Something you can use in the game?) “Yeah, personally I like to be focused on what the defense is doing and obviously try to find those spaces that they are leaving in the back. It was a free kick and I was at the right spot. Jeff Parke gave me a good assist. I just tried to put the ball into the net.”

(With two months left in the season, you’re on pace to have another 12 or so goals. Has it seemed like a normal season for you?) “Yeah, it is for me. It is a good season for the team. We are in the third position and we have always been in a playoff spot. Personally, I feel like I’ve had good games and bad games, but I always try to do the best for the team when I score goals or don’t have the opportunity to score.”

(What have you seen out of Mario Martinez?) “He’s kind of quiet, you know? It’s normal because he’s coming (to a new country) and he doesn’t know the language. We are trying to bring him into the group because there are more people who speak Spanish. And he can (put in the effort) to learn English as soon as possible — the basics that he needs (on the field).”


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