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The Questions with Scott Kazmir

Devil Rays Pitcher

What was your welcome-to-the-big-leagues moment?

Coming up last August; going to Seattle; pitching against Ichiro, Edgar [Martinez]. Then, after winning the game, getting showered with beer by the team. I'll always remember that beer shower.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

In Oakland this year I threw a pitch, and one of my contacts shot out of my eye. I'm looking around, and I don't even know what to do. My vision's terrible without contacts. I told the ump, 'I've got one contact in, there's no way I'm going to see the strike zone. I don't think the hitter wants me to pitch like that.' They called time, and it took, like, 20 minutes to find my backups and put another one in.

If I weren't playing baseball, I'd be ...

in college, at UT [University of Texas]. Maybe just to play baseball. I'd be a junior right now.

If I were commissioner for a day, I would ...

give it up. I wouldn't ever want that job. I think we're doing all right right now.

Last Week

He allowed three runs in 13 1/3 innings, in starts against the Blue Jays and the Twins.

This Week

Kazmir, 21, the majors' fifth-youngest player, is to pitch at home against the Tigers, whom he beat on May 19 in Detroit.