A while back we told you about an opportunity to ask Matt Garza a question for Sporting News Magazine. Well we just received our copy of the issue and it looks like two or three of the questions came from Rays Index readers. You guys make us proud.

A few of the highlights…

On spitting less this season: …I’m not using the rosin bag as much as I used to. The reason I had been spitting so much is a lot of the rosin was getting on my tongue. I’d lick my fingers., then go back to the rosin bag and then lick them again. You want your hand not to be slick. You try to keep your hand dry so your able to control the baseball. But that’s dry tree sap, you know? You try to lick tree sap and tell me if you like it or not. I couldn’t swallow it, and the only way to get rid of that taste was to spit. The last couple of seasons it had been giving me real bad heartburn, so I’m not using it as much.

On whether anything is living in his goatee: Not yet, not yet. But I’m hoping to get it long enough to maybe try one day. It started with just messing around, seeing what could happen and how it would look. Then I made a couple bets with a couple guys in the clubhouse and wanted to see how long I could let it grow before I’d get annoyed by it. I’m already annoyed by it, but I’m not going to lose the bet…

So congratulations to Jay Fakterowitz, Drew Sullivan, John Ford, April Timmons and Paul Boyd.



  1. TheRevTy says:

    Wait, why did he lick his fingers in the first place?

  2. Beth says:

    I'm actually relieved to know that the goatee is about winning a bet and not that he actually thinks it looks good.

  3. John says:

    wO0t! I'm famous!

  4. Drew says:

    can anyone tell me what the answer to my question was? (the one about difference in pitching philosophy in minnesota and tampa bay) Or if it's accessible without reading the magazine or something?


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