Trevor Crowe made his first foray into the Major Leagues in 2009, and he hopes to be back for more next year. The Indians have a potentially crowded outfield picture, and the athletic Crowe could find himself in the mix as a fourth outfielder with speed off the bench and the ability to play all three spots. MLB.com caught up with Crowe recently to talk about his life, on and off the field.
MLB.com: Did you ever have a job outside of sports when you were growing up? Crowe: I'm very lucky to say I've never worked a real job a day in my life. MLB.com: I know sports kept you pretty busy. Didn't you play racquetball as a kid? Crowe: Yeah, growing up, like 10 years old through 14 years old, I played competitive racquetball -- everything from national championships to world championships. Pretty much eight months a year, I was in a racquetball court. I played a lot in Oregon, but also California, Florida, Wisconsin. I went all over the place with my dad as an 11- and 12-year-old. MLB.com: How did you get into that? Crowe: Being in Oregon, we would go play catch inside. My mother was a member of a gym, and, one day, I just picked up a racquet and started playing. I fell in love with it. MLB.com: Why did you stop? Crowe: Once I started playing football my junior year of high school, I pretty much stopped playing racquetball altogether. But I'll still play it now and then, maybe a couple times a year. Someone who doesn't know I played will be like, "Let's play some racquetball!" So I'll jump in with them. MLB.com: Are they in for a surprise when that happens? Crowe: It's kind of like riding a bike. You can't play it to the level you once did, but knowing the ins and the outs of the game and where to stand makes it a lot easier. MLB.com: You come from an athletic background. Your bio says your dad [David] played on the PGA Tour. Crowe: The way he described it was he was like a Triple-A baseball player who comes up for a little bit every year and spends most of his time in the Minor Leagues. So he was kind of back and forth, playing in a few PGA events. But he was never a star on the Tour or anything. And my mom [Terryl] was a gymnast, so I feel like I have some decent genes. MLB.com: Did the golf skills get handed down from father to son? Crowe: I'm terrible at golf. The only thing I can do is hit it a long ways like he did. But golf's a tough game, and the ball doesn't even move. That's what frustrates me about it. MLB.com: If you couldn't have been a professional athlete, what profession did you see for yourself? Crowe: Well, I would love to play in the NFL, because football's my favorite sport. But if I couldn't be an athlete, I would like to be involved with TV or radio. Maybe broadcasting or calling games. I find that stuff interesting. MLB.com: What are your hobbies away from sports? Crowe: You know, we travel a lot, so I'm into a ridiculous amount of TV series. I stay up to date on like 15 TV series -- everything from "Entourage" to "Desperate Housewives." I crush TV like there's no tomorrow. If I'm not working out or playing baseball, I'm relaxing. But I like to travel, too. MLB.com: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Crowe: I'd like to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas. Maybe on a honeymoon someday, if I can trick a girl into marrying me. It probably won't happen, but everybody can dream, right? MLB.com: Speaking of dreams, if you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be? Crowe: That's tough, because do you go with the hot actress? Or do you go with someone like Vince Vaughn? I'd have to go with Vince Vaughn, because I'd like to see how much of his personality is in real life, versus on the screen. MLB.com: If you could face any pitcher in baseball history, who would it be? Crowe: Nolan Ryan. I watched him a lot growing up and remember a couple of his no-hitters. Just knowing the way he competes, I'd like to be able to say I faced Nolan Ryan. MLB.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life, outside of your parents? Crowe: My college baseball coach, Andy Lopez. He preached being an athlete and also being a person. How being a person translates to being a good athlete, and vice versa. I learned a lot my three years at the University of Arizona. A lot of the stuff he taught me then applies now. MLB.com: Over the winter, when people ask you about your rookie year, what are you going to tell them? Crowe: It was the year I needed to have. If I want to reach my full potential as a player, I had to go through some of the ups and downs that I've experienced this year. More than anything, [the Indians] gave me the opportunity to get comfortable. That's the hardest thing about making the transition to the big leagues is being as comfortable up here as you were in Triple-A. I'm a lot closer to that, and that's one of the reasons that I'm going to look at this year and say that statistically, this was not a great year. But overall, for where I want to be in my career, this season was a positive. MLB.com: How do you want to grow as a player between now and April? Crowe: Sometimes when you get wrapped up in coming to the ballpark every day, it's good to sit back and digest everything that's happened. You come back more comfortable, with more knowledge. Obviously, I want to work on all my skills -- defensively, swinging the bat and bunting -- so I can come back a more complete player.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.