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The Questions With Josh Willingham

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What was yourwelcome-to-the-big-leagues moment?

In 2004 when I got my first hit, it seemed like the game kind of stopped. Theygot the ball, and I was like, I'm really here. I've got a little baseball roomat home in Alabama, and it's on the mantel.

Your mostembarrassing moment?

My first big league camp, I was catching in an intrasquad game. I go to throwthe ball to second before the first inning, I step on the strap on my shinguard and fall on my face. I didn't live that down for a while. They wouldreenact what happened and laugh.

Favorite off-dayactivity?

Getting a good bite to eat with my wife, Ginger. We like steak, the filet.

If I weren'tplaying baseball, I'd be ...

working with animals. I was a biology major at North Alabama. I'd probably domarine biology.

LAST WEEK
Willingham, 26, who has hits in nine of the Marlins' 11 wins this season, drovein his rookie-leading 29th run in an 8--2 win over Pittsburgh.

THIS WEEK
The Marlins go to Tampa Bay to play their cross-state rival Devil Rays forthree games this weekend.

TWO PHOTOS

KEVIN C. COX/WIREIMAGE.COM (WILLINGHAM ACTION); PHIL ELLSWORTH (WILLINGHAM HEAD SHOT)