What do you love most about coffee?
The fact that you always have something in common with someone who drinks coffee. You just have to sit down and figure out what it is. If you’re in a coffee shop and you’re drinking, you have something in common with everyone else in there. It just got me to thinking, all the hate that people do around the world, why don’t you just sit down and figure out what the hell you got in common over a cup of coffee instead of stressing what you don’t have in common? I bet people would find out that there are more similarities than differences.
The other part that I love is that it comes from all over the world. There are so many ways you can serve it—hot, cold, latte, Americano, cortado, put it on some ice cream: affogato. There’s so much that goes into making it, and so much to learn. Having coffee with people can lead to so much knowledge.
During the offseason, what types of food do you enjoy that you try and stay away from during the season?
I don’t really go ham like that in the offseason. We have this argument around here all the time: what’s the difference between a picky eater and a simple eater? I think I’m just a simple eater. I just want chicken, potatoes, and some type of green vegetable. I’m picky sometimes also but I don’t go out of my way to indulge on something like cereal-crusted French toast. If I eat French toast, I just want plain French toast.
But whenever I’m overseas and in different countries, I go with the culture. I don’t eat red meat or pork. As long as it’s not any of that, I’m with it. I’ll eat damn near anything from under the sea if that’s what a place is known for because I want to learn as much as I can about different cultures. But I don’t go crazy and say let me go get five of these alcoholic beverages just because I don’t do it during the season.
So, you live by a no-frills diet?
I’m telling you, if I could eat like a Chipotle-like meal every day—rice, chicken, beans, lettuce, avocado—I’m in. If you put some rice in a bowl, ground turkey, ground chicken, beans and avocado, then I’m good. Any type of wrap. I love salads with fruit and chicken it them. I can eat that every single day and not have a problem with it. It bothers me the way that [my trainer] James Scott eats cold oats every morning. I don’t understand how he does it but when I think about it, I’m doing the same thing with my meals in the morning and throughout the day. I think my chef always does a great job of mixing it up and making chicken and fish in different ways, all different types of rice, beans, vegetables. And: it has to have avocados, or I can’t eat it.
After a short break from the Bubble to last season, how was it to get a full offseason to recharge?
It meant a lot, because I’m healthy now. I was banged up a lot of last season and at the end of last season. Honestly, it’s still no excuses. But I’m healthy now and my mind is right. I got to travel and beat everybody in dominoes, so I solidified being the best at that, which is a big deal, so I’m happy. I think the biggest thing is finding your happiness. You have to love what you do, and I do. You have to love the people you get the opportunity to be around, and I do. You also have to love the work and the grind, and I do. I’m ready to get this season underway.