Although it's been a while since Joey Gathright last jumped over a parked car, he believes he's still capable of doing it. "I don't think this team or any other team would want me to," he said, "but I'm pretty sure I could if I wanted to."
The 2007 YouTube video of Gathright hurdling cars became an Internet sensation, as did the 2008 video of him jumping over Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to avoid a tag running down the first-base line.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles resident has made a career out of his athleticism and speed. Originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the 32nd round of the 2001 amateur draft, Gathright hit .263 over six seasons in the majors. The centerfielder joined the Ducks in early August and is hitting .273 with 15 RBIs out of the leadoff spot.
Most intimidating pitcher you've faced?
"Roy Halladay. All of his pitches are plus pitches. He's one of the best pitchers I've ever seen."
Most embarrassing on-field moment?
"One time when we were on the road in Oakland, I hit a ball off the plate and it bounced back and hit me in the face."
Something your teammates would be surprised to learn about you?
"I like to draw and that I did martial arts."
Dinner with three famous people; who's invited?
Something your teammates tease you about?
"My gray hair. I have gray in my beard and they won't let it go. They call me Emmitt from the Just for Men commercial."