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Q: Are there drawbacks to being part of a rebuilding process or youth movement, or is it helpful for younger players?
Gibbons: Were still competitive. Theres a lot of life. You have a lot of young guys taking risks. But thats a good thing, also. Were real aggressive, and I think it just livens everybody up.
Q: Can you describe the atmosphere in the clubhouse?
Gibbons: Very loose and joking. Everybody gets along. Weve got no enemies on this team. Everybody just likes to have fun. Like I said, were just very loose and comfortable.
Q: How much of a part has that played in the teams success?
Gibbons: A big part. Youre not going up there tense or having the veterans get on you or anything like that. Youre just one of the teammates, and everybody treats you equally.
Q: Did you always want to be a major league baseball player?
Gibbons: Most definitely. I remember when I was 7 or 8 years old on career day, Id come in my baseball uniform. Just like a lot of these guys here, Id tell everybody I was going to be a big league ballplayer. A lot of people didnt believe you, but I had always believed it. I never had a doubt in my mind.
Q: What players did you admire as you were growing up?
Gibbons: I liked to watch Eddie Murray and Tony Gwynn. Cal Ripken I watched a lot. Its funny, to play with these guys that you admired growing up. Its just really a dream come true.
Q: What's the best part about being a baseball player?
Gibbons: Just playing a game for a living. Youre doing what you love the most and getting paid for it. Its almost funny. Just going out and staying young every day.
Q: What has been the best or most memorable moment of your career so far?
Gibbons: My first big league hit, I think, was pretty big. Id been waiting a long time for that. I called my father immediately after that and talked to him for an hour and a half. That was probably the most special moment, just to say that Ive arrived. Ive finally made it.
Q: What were your feelings the first time you took the field as a player at Camden Yards?
Gibbons: A lot of excitement. I was a little nervous and I was just hoping I wouldnt trip running out on that orange carpet.
Q: Give us your thoughts on playing with Cal Ripken and on his retirement.
Gibbons: I consider it a great honor to be playing with him. Im going to try to be around him as much as I can this last year and enjoy it with him and just take it all in, because its going to be an exciting time.