EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

April 22, 2012

Q and A: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay star

Red Sox fans got a glimpse at just how talented Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is during the 2008 ALCS when he smashed four home runs, three doubles and drove in eight runs in seven games against Boston while helping the Rays advance to the World Series.

Longoria won the 2008 Rookie of the Year award, a 2009 Silver Slugger award and Gold Gloves in 2009 and 2010.

But he is so much more than just a star baseball player. He also is a drummer, a chef, a car collector and more. Longoria went one-on-one with The Eagle-Tribune last week to talk about baseball and his off-the-field hobbies.

E-T: I hear you're a drummer and you have a kit at Tropicana Field.

Longoria: I play every day. It's more of a stress relief for me. I go in there either early or after batting practice and just beat on them and have some fun.

E-T: Do you consider yourself a good drummer?

Longoria: I'm not that good. I've been playing going on three years now. I'm not 100-percent dedicated to it. Obviously, a lot of my playing is during baseball season. So I'm only playing 20, 30 minutes a day.

E-T: Who got you into the drums?

Longoria: (Former teammate) Gregg Zaun. He brought a kit that he had and just got me into playing. I would get to the field an hour earlier than I normally would and just go play his kit. After that, I got my own kit and just kept playing.

E-T: What kind of kit did you buy?

Longoria: I have a Crush Drums kit. I have like three of them.

E-T: What's your type of music and what is the best concert you've even been to?

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits
Boston Sports
McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Who will Brady turn to if Gronk can’t stay healthy? Gronkowski cleared to participate in Patriots training camp Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Shaughnessy: Dont count out the Sox just yet Blakely: Projecting the Celtics roster Daopolous: How will NFL cracking down on Defensive holding affect games? Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense