On Wednesday, staff writer Paul-Michael Ochoa sat down three members of the Gaucho baseball team: Senior outfielder Mark Haddow, senior pitcher Nick Capito, and junior pitcher Matt Vedo. The team has seven games remaining this regular season, but here, the players got a chance to talk about something else for once.
What is your most embarrassing moment on the diamond?
Vedo: I would say my embarrassing moment would be pitching a complete game at Northridge with a big hole in my pants. I had my ass showing the whole game. I just went with it. It worked.
Capito: When I used to play the outfield in high school I was running down the third base line to score. I was a good 10 to 15 feet from the plate and I tripped and fell on my face and got tagged out.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? Who has the weirdest on the team?
V: My better outings before the game I’ve tripped on something by accident and just fallen on my ass or hit my head or something. That would be my go-to pre-game ritual.
Haddow: I just do everything the same. I clean my shoes the same way, put my pants on the same way, I do the same hitting routines; everything is the same. Trevor Whyte has these sliders that he wears underneath his pants that are like 15 years old. They are basically like strings that he wears. They’re probably the most disgusting thing I’ve seen, it’s really gross.
V: Yeah, he doesn’t wash them.
What is your favorite moment as a Gaucho?
H: Most recently I’d say that home run I hit against Pepperdine in the 15th inning. That was a pretty memorable moment for me.
C: Mine was actually last year. I threw my first complete game shutout. This guy right here [Haddow] saved my ass; he robbed a home run in the ninth inning. That’s what got me it. That was definitely one of my favorite moments.
What other sport would you play if not baseball?
H: I played water polo in high school. I don’t know if I’d want to play that in college though; it was pretty tough. Maybe football; I could probably be a tight end or something like that.
C: I would have tried to play football too. I was a quarterback back in like the Pop Warner days. I stopped in high school, but I would have loved to play.
V: I’d say football too, but I’ll go different. I enjoy racing and stuff, so I’d try to get into NASCAR, maybe drifting or something like that.
If you could meet any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
C: I’d love to meet Jack White from the White Stripes. He’s my favorite musician. I’d love to pick his brain.
H: I think maybe Muhammad Ali. His presence, his cockiness, his prowess; he’s the greatest.
If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
C: I’d go with salmon. I’m a big fish guy. I love salmon and it’s good for you too.
H: I’m going to go with a nice steak and potatoes. That’s the best.
V: Lobster and steak. Lots of butter, no vegetables.
If you could live in one place the rest of your life, where would you live?
H: There are these houses in San Diego right above Black’s Beach on this cliff overlooking the ocean, and that’s where I would want to live.
C: I’d want to live in Malibu; those houses are really nice.
V: I’d say Hope Ranch. It’s between here and Montecito. They’re all mansions, so I just wouldn’t leave.
What is one thing you could not live your life without?
H: Friends and family.
C: The internet.
H: Fantasy baseball.
V: Friends and family for sure. And it’d be tough without marshmallows for sure … for some reason.