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BALLY*: The Collin Balester Q&A

(2007 photo by Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

So last week, with every pro and college basketball team in the area tanking and the Caps on break, I devoted an entire item to the blog of Collin Balester, asking the Nats promising young pitcher to shoot me an e-mail so that we could conduct a riveting electronic Q&A. This was a great plan, except when he e-mailed me like three hours later I didn't really have any questions in mind. As you'll be able to see, below.

Regardless, I pressed forward, with 11 questions off the top of my head that probably won't earn me any "interviewer of the year" awards. A very game Collin provided 11 answers. I figure a better plan for the future is to let you 9,000 Nats fans provide your own questions below, and if there are enough good ones I'll take them to the blogging pitcher and we'll try this again. It'll be just like you're interviewing him yourself in the clubhouse, minus the odors!

Anyhow, I learned one massively crucial fact through this whole process that somehow I never knew, as highlighted above. Read on.

(2007 photos by Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

So you're now a sports blogger. Who is your writing role model?

Well, I don't think I have any writing role model, but I one person that has helped me out with this whole blogging thing and is helping me out with the writing aspect of it would be my fiancee, Ashley Sterling.

What are your favorite sports blogs?

Ummm. Well, I look at a couple guys' blogs, but I would say my two favorites are Kevin Slowey's and Phil Hughes's.

Do you read any of the blogs about the Nats?

No. I didn't even know that the Nationals had a blog, haha.

How do you feel about sharing D.C.'s blogging spotlight with Gilbert Arenas and Chris Cooley? Have you seen their blogs?

I think it is pretty cool that I am able to share my life with the fans, and Arenas and Cooley, I mean those guys are big names. And for me to be able to blog and be in the same sentence with those guys is an honor.

So "Just Dance" by Lady GaGa and Colby O'Donis inspires you while you lift, apparently. Name five more songs that help while lifting.

1) "Hell Yeah," by Rev Theory. 2) "I Don't Care," By Fall Out Boy. 3) "Womanizer" and "Circus," by Britney Spears. 4) "Almost Easy," by Avenged Sevenfold. 5) "Through the Fire and Flames," by DragonForce.

What's the biggest difference between living in D.C. and living in Huntington Beach? How about Columbus? And which city has the best food?

Well, I mean, living in Huntington Beach California is way different then anywhere I have ever been. I mean, I will always be biased towards my hometown. That being said, I also like living in D.C and Columbus. What I like about those places is all the great history, and being able to see some snow and some cold weather. I would have to say that D.C has the best food, but In-N-Out is by far my favorite, haha.

Do you ever have baseball dreams during the offseason? Like, when you're actually asleep? What happens?

HAHA. That's a funny question. And to tell you the truth, I really don't have baseball dreams. I have had dreams about being a star on other sports teams, like with the Ducks in hockey or the Colts in football. And let me tell you something, no one could put up the numbers I put up in my dreams. But then I wake up and I get disappointed.

How long have you been calling yourself Bally Star? Did you come up with that one yourself? Do you have an official Bally Star logo or Bally Star tattoo or anything?

Well, my whole life all my friends and family called me Bally, 'cause it's just shorter then Balester and better than Collin. And it has just stuck, because everyone I have ever played with in pro ball has called me that. I think that it is funny that you don't know I have a tattoo of Bally Star somewhere on my body, because I have a Bally tattoo on my forearm.

What was the first baseball jersey you owned as a kid, and why?

I have never owned a baseball jersey growing up or now. Well, I take that back, I actually have one of my Nationals jerseys now haha. But growing up, I always wanted a Garret Anderson jersey.

What's the most prized t-shirt you own?

I have no clue how to answer that. I guess one of my Ed Hardy shirts, haha.

What's the best game you ever pitched, and what did it feel like?

The best game I have ever pitched was in A ball, when I was with Savannah, against the Greenboro Grasshoppers. I walked the first batter and then the next guy doubled; then I retired the next 24 in a row. It had to be that or my MLB debut. And both of those games felt so good; it was just like everything was clicking, and those are the games you love to pitch.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
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Collin is so cute :) and funny

Posted by: rachel216 | January 26, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"I figure a better plan for the future is to let you 9,000 Nats fans ..."

LOL Dan! 9,000!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 26, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: wahoo2x | January 26, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Um, there is no interviewer of the year award.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | January 26, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

But does he know the facts about Elijah Dukes?

That's what REALLY matters.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 26, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the riveting Q&A, and for the opportunity to pose questions minus odors.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 26, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I stopped reading after the Britney Spears song references. Haha.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | January 26, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Good point about In-N-Out burgers, BTW, though Collin may want to check out Five Guys if he hasn't yet done so.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 26, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Blogs are great. Hahaha. I love lamp...Haha.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 26, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan, if you use my question do I get 2 free Nats tix? If you don't do I get 4?

Posted by: jhorstma | January 26, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

figures about dragonforce, thats his entrance music when he comes to the mound and when he comes to bat, gets my pumped too. wish charlie and dave would dance to that song in addition to wil nieves' music.

ask him about being a pro surfer, if he'd give up baseball.

Posted by: formerlylove | January 26, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Hell Yeah!! is my favorite song that Balester put #1 on his blog!! Bally Star is a star with the fans. Niiice research, BOB , I mean , DAN, on the Bally Star tatoo. LOL
Bally caught you off gaurd with getting back to you so quickly. He seems like a great kid and we hope is around here for a long time.
DC, that is, not Syracuse!! LOL

Posted by: Spinman | January 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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