DP: Did you get any sleep last night?
CJ: yeah. yeah. I got some sleep. We.. Our flight didn't get back all that late. I think it was around 10 o'clock or something, so not too bad.
DP: But how do you celebrate an ALDS title as opposed to an ALCS title?
CJ: Uhhhh... It's a little more subdued I guess. I think, You know the more times you go... You know I don't even know how the guys on Yankees do it anymore. Can you imagine like how many bottles of... whatever. But, you know in Texas we do the Ginger Ale thing for... for me and Josh cause him and I are both drug and alcohol free obviously, so ummm.... we do Ginger Ale celebration for about 10 or 15 minutes and then after that... you know... uhhhh... you know go eat lunch or go kind of scoot around and get my clothes and shower and get ready for the next thing. So.... I don't really, I don't party as hard as everybody else in... in the clubhouse. But, you know, I like to go out and dance and go to clubs or something like that.
DP: How long you been sober?
CJ:Uhhhh.... I've been straight edge my whole life. I've never had a drop of alcohol. It's uhhh... I actually have a straight edge tatoo on my ribs. It's a lifetime commitment to be drug and alcohol free.
DP:Are you curious?
CJ:No... No, not all. I mean I do so many other things, you know, whether it's race car driving or shooting machine guns or, you know, jumping of cliffs into the ocean. I do alot of other fairly extreme things that I think that that's how I choose to get my rocks off, I guess. Well, that and other stuff...
DP (laughing heartily): Speaking of which, ahhh... We just spent 10 minutes of research. Are you still dating the swimsuit model?
CJ:No... Domonique and I broke up in July. Ummm... You know, just wasn't working out and.... She's a good girl, but, you know, in the end like I had to make a selfish decision and... and make baseball more of a priority. And, it was getting to the point it was getting to be a distraction.
DP: Uh, What's the worst thing about dating a swimsuit model?DP:Do you have teammates who are creepy about it?
CJ: (long, long pause) Nothing. (DP, laughing and clapping) How could you... how could... As a red-blooded American, how could ever complain. You know, you have, like, when your girlfriend is gorgeous and, you know, you see, you're able to open up a magazine see her there, it's nice. It's nice to have a little reminder of, you know, he she likes me, that's cool. But... Ummm... You know, it, there's, there's no real downside to it other than maybe ever once in a while you somebody creepy, but you're like.. so.. I'm like, whatever, bye. and.. you know, so...
CJ:No, you now, the creepiest teammate I ever had was Phil Nevin.
DP:Ohhh... I know Phil.
CJ:Yeah. His nickname is Philthy. So, you know, he was kind of.. um.. had a sour mouth on him. But, he would say stuff about, uh... I was actually engaged in 2005.. and, he would say stuff... I was dating a girl that was mixed ethnicity and he would call her the Pineapple. Ummm... He'd be like, errrr, so tell me about the Pineapple. What you guys, uh, getting freaky, or what.. like, is she your first. I was like, what the hell, man. (DP laughing). So, ummm... It's really the only time I've been uncomfortable, you know, cause I was a rookie at the time, and I was like 24 and he was like 38 year old dude completely ragging me in front of the team on the bus. But, other than that, no, I mean I've been, you know... it, it's, if you date pretty girls someone's always going to say something, but, you know, if you, ahhhh... you know, I, ummm... I shoot for the stars. You know, I mean, you know, you want somebody that that's got it all. You're looking for brains and, and looks, and personality, and all that stuff, and... somebody that can cook, too, that's important.
DP:Which, um, ring do you get first? uhhhh... wedding ring or a world series ring?
CJ:Oh Man. Uhhhhhmmm.... Well, I'm single right now. I just recently heard that Olivia Wild got divorced. So, I don't know, I guess I'm on the market. But, um... definitely...
DP:Wait, wait. Are you... Are you putting yourself out there, just to let her know?
CJ:(coughing laugh) Yeah. Why not? Life's short. You know what I mean. That's cool.
DP:I like that. I like it.
CJ:You know... Hey Dan, the way it is, man, you just got to go for it in life. You know, you can't be, you can't be timid. And, ummm... you know. I like to party, so whatever. It's cool.
DP:What about... if I got you Olivia Wilde but lost to... uh... you lost in the ALCS?
CJ:uuuhhhhhhhh..... Man, I don't wanna lose. You know, I don't think those.. I'll say this, I don't think those two are related. But, you know... I definitely... Baseball comes first, man. It's been my, it's been my thing since I was, since I was 8 years old... to get here, so.
DP:How would it go over if you were dating Minka Kelly going into the ALCS against the Yankees?
CJ:That would be fairly awkward, I'm sure. (DP laughing) You know.
DP:You would be getting into Jeter's head.
CJ:That's possible. You know, maybe what we can do is, we can have her come to Texas and sing the national anthem or something like that.
DP:oooohhh... I like that.
CJ:Did somebody do that? a couple years ago. They had like... someone's ex-girlfriend sing the national anthem, like in a different city.
DP:Aaaahhhmm.... Yesss. Yes. uhhhh... Fritzy... Do you remember that?
Fritzy: I should know all about that.
CJ:Was it the Yankees and something about Beckett? or, was it ummm... somebody with the Red Sox, maybe... It was one of the those Northeast teams.
DP:Yes. Yes. I remember. You know what, we'll uh.. I'll get my crack staff on it. uh.. here in a moment.
CJ:OK. Have, have somebody tweet me, and, and, so I can, so I can...
DP:He's CJ Wilson, Texas Rangers pitcher joining us. You lose Game 1 and then you gotta sit. What's that feeling like, knowing, you know, the chances are maybe I get to pitch Game 5 if we get to Game 5?
CJ:Well, you know, the thing is, like, I have so much confidence in our team that I looked at it as kind of a fluke. The way everybody acted after the game, it was sort of like a wake up call. I guess everyone was like, whoa, OK, ummm... we really have to like, you know, turn it on now. Cause then, we only got two hits that game. Josh got two hits, and nobody else, you know, put any, put any authority on the ball. But... umm...
DP:Well, that kid's good. Matt, Matt Moore's good.
CJ:Yeah. He's got great stuff, man. He's really fluid. He, he's got, he's got kind of like the Cole Hammels uh... delivery, you know, and... ummmm... his fast, he's throwing 96 mph with a good curveball, so... you know, he's, he's, he's got a really bright future ahead of him, if, if he can stay healthy. You know, I think the Rays, the Rays are on to something with whatever process they're using to get these guys, cause they continually have some new phenom arm come up and, and strike people out.
DP:and, Hellickson they got too. They got a pretty good young staff. Ya, McLovin' you got the answer for CJ.
McLovin:Yes. The Indians had Danielle Peck, Josh Beckett's ex-girlfriend, sing in 2007. (lots of laughing)
CJ:There you go.
DP:I like that. (chuckling) Ummm... Beltre goes for three, the uh three-peat last night. Uhh...DP:(laughing) Any problem, ok, any... a guy's hit two homeruns off of you. Any problem, he's coming up swinging for a third home run?
CJ:Triple Facial (DP chuckling) It was amazing. It was awesome.
CJ:Uuuhhhhhh.... yeah, I mean, yeah, I might accidentally... (DP laughing) finger quotes... throw a cutter at his front knee or something like that, I don't know. You don't wanna give up, you don't wanna give up three home runs to the same dude. I mean, I gave up two home runs to the same dude.. uhhh.. in Game 1, and I was like I don't even know if it's happened to me before. I can't even... I don't even know, even in, you know, college or anything like that. I don't know if I've ever given up two home runs to the same guy. So...
DP:But you have to respect the guy. If he's hit two off of you and he comes to the plate.
CJ:Yeahhhh. I mean, hey, like there's alot of different ways to look at it, but, ummm... but, you know, like, I made a couple of bad pitches... uh.. he's hot... (DP chuckling) ummm... I made a couple of bad pitches, and he's hot (DP laughing)... ummm... you know that's possible to, and then, like, oh maybe I just cooled him off for the rest of the series. You know that's the other way of looking at it, like... yeah, statistically speaking, now that guys gonna go like 0-for-11, because, like, he just drained his, his well, right there.
DP:Uhhh... What did you learn from last year, do you think, for this team that'll help you this year in the post season?
CJ:Uhhh.. I think a lot of us kind of know what to prepare for, you know. The, the unknown of the playoffs is, like you watch it on TV you don't see alot of the stuff that goes into it, but it's really alot more of a circus than people understand. I mean... during the season Texas is a very normal media market. We'll have 6-8 people in the locker room, asking questions with cameras, or whatever, you know, after the game. In the playoffs, you'll have like 50, 50 people in the first round, 100 in the second round, and, like, 200 in the third round. ahh.. in the World Series, or whatever. So, now that we're kind of ready for that I think we, we have a better method for staying within our routine, to doing normal stuff, making it normal, because you have to... it's just baseball, so you have to make it, you know, you have to peel away the hype, and that really annoying song they play on Fox and TBS... ummm... You just gotta focus on who your opponent is and how to beat them.
DP:Uh.. if I.. If you could switch places with Tony Romo, sould you?
CJ:No, I wouldn't want to. I don't even like football. um... DP:But the pressure... Could you deal with the pressure that he faces every single game. People either love him or hate him.
CJ:It's the same thing as a closer, you know, or as a, as a starting pitcher, I think, I could deal with it, but, like I said, I'm begin straight up, I don't even watch football. I guess, for me, not even interesting. I like, I like racing on some days. that's that's what I do. So... um... I like hockey, I like soccer, I like basketball, I just.. I just don't feel like football is a sport for me. Plus, the thing is, those dudes get killed. Like he's out there, you know, he's out there with frickin' broken ribs and a punctured lung and people are like bagging on him. I'm like, hey guys remember last week when he was a hero for playing through a punctured lung. Now you hate him. (DP chuckling "I know") I mean, where's the... football.... the people, they have such a big, you know... inflection of up and down. It's like, they don't even have an even keel at all. And, baseball is much more even keeled, because, it's more games, you know... you might win 3, lose 2, but you're not expecting anyone to go 16 and 0.
DP:Yeah. Free agency... uh.. What did you learn from Cliff Lee last year that might help you?DP:Well, good luck, uhhh... with the playoffs, and more importantly, with Olivia Wilde
CJ:uhhhh... The biggest thing is, you know, that, like, it's going to take care of itself. I've been around other guys, like, when I was around, ummmm... I guess, Carlos Lee or Gary Matthews or even Mark Teixeira when he was with us. And, like, those guys were alot more contract-focused at some, at some point than Cliff was. Cliff was more performance focused. And I think, it, you know, it enabled him to just let loose and play the game. And, that's the thing for me, is I get, I've, literally, since the first day of spring training, I've gotten the question every day, what are you gonna do, where do you wanna go, how much money do you want, and that kind of stuff, and I just said the same thing... hey man, I have to play well, and if I play well, everything will work itself out. And, that's really what I believe.
CJ:Hey, well, you know, I mean, life's, life's short, like I said. DP:It's out there. It's out there. And, I'll be a wingman for you. I'll try to make dreams come true for you, CJ.
CJ:Where are you? Connecticut? Right now? er....
DP:Yeah. I can slip into New York and all of a sudden... I.. you know.. I'm there for you, I just want you to know. I'm a good setup man.
CJ:Well, you know... we'll, we'll work on that then. We'll come up with an idea... we'll, we'll come up with something.
DP:Alright. uh... But, the Minka Kelly thing, I'd stay away from that. Let's go Olivia Wilde, alright.
CJ:I don't really want to cross over with a lot of baseball players. that's, that's not a good... that's not a good thing (DP laughing). I remember Shawn Avery has this sort of claim of everyone going after his sloppy seconds, so I don't really want to have that kind of situation, you know (DP chuckling), coming into, coming into the baseball locker rooms at all.
DP:Alright. Well good luck, uh, next, next round.
CJ:Alright, thanks man.
DP:Alright. CJ Wilson