Prince Fielder

BREWERS ROOKIE FIRST BASEMAN
August 06, 2006

On hischildren

My oldest son,Jadyn, has a ball and little bat and I just lob the ball up to him. He isn'teven two yet--he'll turn two on August 17--so he pretty much misses every time.But he still likes it when I pitch it to him. My other son, Haven, was born inMarch. I do diaper duty with him when I'm home. Jadyn knows I play baseball,and anytime baseball is on the TV, he wants to sit with me and watch.

On his reputationas a player

I am known mostlyas a home run hitter, and I am O.K. with that. Whatever anybody wants to see meas is fine. There are other parts of my game, but I can't make people noticethose things. I can't do anything about it, so I can only play hard and hopethey notice the defense and some of the other things.

On the first homerun he ever hit

I was 10, in aleague where the coaches pitch. I hit it pretty far to rightfield, but I didn'tsee it. It was the first time I'd played on a field with a fence, so as soon asI hit it I was running hard. When I got to second, the shortstop said, "Youhit a homer." He high-fived me, and I got high fives all the way home.

On cooking

I'm not much of acook. If I do cook, I like to put something on my Foreman grill. It's quick andeasy. I like it better when my wife cooks. She makes a great chickenparmesan.

On hisrelationship with his dad, ex-major leaguer Cecil Fielder

We're not thatclose. We are totally different. We both laugh a lot, but other than that weare totally different. He is more laid-back. On the field, I am really moreintense. He could joke around on the field, but I am all serious.

On slugger CarlosLee, traded by Milwaukee last week

I'll miss him. Hetook me under his wing and showed me how to be a run producer. With runners inscoring position, he told me what to look for and what mind-set to have. Hesaid you want to be "the guy" in those situations. [And] when theywould walk him and bring in a lefty to face me, he would pump me up and say,"You've got to get them." I hung out with him a lot, went out to eatwith him. He's a good friend.

On Haven'sbirth

I was in the room,and I was panicking a little. The doctor or nurse would come over [to his wife,Chanel] and check on her blood pressure, and I'd be saying "What? What?Why?" Then the baby came and everything was O.K., and I calmed down. Ithink we're done having kids. I got my two boys, and they are close in age andare going to be tight, going to look after each other. That's enough forme.

THE 6-FOOT,260-POUND FIELDER LED ROOKIES WITH 19 HOMERS AND HAD 54 RBIS THROUGH SUNDAY

PHOTOPhotograph by Thomas E. Witte PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (FIELDER ACTION)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)