Rapid Questions with Austin Hays

100 08/07/2022

What’s your favorite ballpark to play in and why?

My favorite ballpark to play in is probably Camden Yards. I hit really well here, and I love playing in this ballpark. My non-home favorite ballpark is probably Fenway Park. The experience there is just great and my wife loves taking our son there, too. We really like that trip.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Major League Baseball player. I always wanted to be one. That was always it.

If an ice cream truck pulled up right now, what would your order be?

The original ice cream sandwich. The rectangle one that has the little holes and the chocolate outside.

Rapid Questions with Austin Hays

If you could trade places with one person or a day, who would it be and why?

I would love to trade places with my wife so I can see what type of person I am.

What is your favorite way to spend an off day in Baltimore?

I love going to Annapolis. We usually like to walk around down there and maybe stop into Pussers for a little bit on the water, and then go to Tsunami for sushi for dinner. That’s my wife’s favorite restaurant.

Does your number have any special meaning behind it?

No, I wore 22 all through high school and when I was in junior college, but I was never number 21 until a couple years ago. It was just given to me. Actually, a funny story about my number was I was 18 when I first got called up and I had number 18 for two years. When [manager] Brandon Hyde got hired, he became number 18, and I was changed to number 21. But I was the first player, because [Wayne] Kirby our [former] first base coach wore it, since Nick Markakis. And Markakis was an unbelievable outfielder here, so to be the first player to wear it since Markakis is pretty special to me.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

"Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks.

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