Random Lou Facts
~Lou's celebrity crushes are Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Biel and Hally Berry
~His ideal first date is somewhere quiet so he and his date can talk and get to know each other, such as a romantic place for a low-key dinner
~Lou says he thinks all pickup lines are cheesy and if a girl falls for one then she is not the girl for him. But the worst is when a guy looks at a clothing tag and says "I just wanted to see if you were made in heaven."
~He says that with kissing it is all about feeling, he doesn't mind waiting, but sometimes when tings click a kiss can happen on the first date
~Some turn-ons "I'm a 'legs guy.' Someone who's atheletic, obviously someone who likes sports, a sense of humor. I like the sexy, conservative type. In a group of girls, I'm always curious about the quiet one."
~Some of his turnoffs are "In your face, obnoxious women. Women who look at you like 'You're not good enough to talk to me.' Or women who only like you for being a professional athlete. You can always tell who they are."
~Lou has a baseball field in Framingham named after him, it's called Merlin Field, and is located in the Framingham Baseball complex that is close by his childhood home. (On a personal note: I used to play softball there when I was younger playing in the Framingham Little-Big League)
~In August of 2000, the Red Sox were playing Tampa Bay, and a brawl broke out, Lou got stuck on the bottom and ended up spending the night in the hospital with a mild concussion. As a result of Tampa Bay's behavior that night, the fights and all the players the TB pitcher hit, 8 members of TB were ejected, including 5 players and the manager.
~He does a grueling weight training program with Nomar Garciaparra in the off season
~ He used to be a substitute teacher at the Framingham High School in Massachusetts, (his hometown.) Lou went to Framingham South HS, but after he graduated Framingham North and South combined to form one high school, so Lou taught for his old high school. If he wasn't playing baseball he would be coaching.
~He played basketball and was on the golf team in HS, and math was his favorite subject @Framingham South High
~Growing up he looked up to his parents and Wade Boggs was his favorite player, and obviously the Red Sox were his favorite team.
~He got his first major league home run at Fenway, during his first at bat. It happened on his parents 33rd wedding anniversary. They were there to see it happen with his family and friends. GO LOU!! Way to be a Champ!!
~Lou is really close friends with Nomar Garciaparra, and enjoys playing with him. He thinks that part of the reason they have so much fun in the games is because of their close friendship. Nomar can often be found at Lou's house, or with Lou.
~Lou and Nomar often golf together.
~Some of Lou's hobbies are going to the movies and relaxing at home while watching movies.
~On his off days Lou likes to golf.
~Before Lou bats he puts his pendant in his mouth, he has been doing it since high school. The pendant was given to him by his great uncle.
~If you see Lou using his two fingers to pull his eyes open the reason is because he has long eyelashes and it separates them so he can open his eyes easier.
~What does he remember about Japan? "I'd say the crowds at the games. They chant all game long - it's really loud and every player has his own special song. The crowd sings the player's song while he is at bat."
~Lou was once asked in a chat if something happened between him and Nomar since they didn't seem as close as they used to be...
Lou's response: "He's still a little upset that I decided to leave him last year, so...I had to break it off. :-)"
~The first thing he did when he returned from Japan was go to his parent's house for homemade raviolis.
~The famous "LOU" chants that are heard around Fenway Park when Lou is up at bat have become part of his preparation for hitting now. He hears it every time he's up at bat. So keep the "LOU" cheers coming.
~Lou feels that the main difference between Japanese baseball and American baseball is - "The major difference is the power game. The players in Japan lack the power of American baseball in both - pitching and hitting.
~Lou picked #26 just because it was available and growing up Wade Boggs was his favorite player. The number doesn't really matter to him.
~He does have superstitions, but is too superstitious to talk bout them.
~His favorite ballpark other than Fenway is Yankee Stadium "There is so much excitement every time we go there. They really hate us so much so there is a lot of excitement."
~He listens to all different types of music depending on his mood.
~Lou's family got a chance to visit him a few times while in was in Japan.
~His favorite Sinatra song is "My Way" or "Summer Wind."
~The best moments in his baseball career were meeting John McCain and hitting a home run in his first at bat at Fenway Park.
~Lou doesn't normally watch people trying to catch foul balls while he is in the field except for one time. "Only when a guy in an attempt to catch the foul ball falls flat on his face and rolls down the stairs. Next time try to keep your feet underneath you."
~The main difference that surprised Lou when he moved from the minors to majors was - "It surprised me that guys at this level work so hard, before the games, watching films and things. And the pitchers - they get their breaking pitches over the plate more consistently than in the minors."
~When Lou first hit a home run at Fenway he felt "Well, it was very emotional. I was very nervous, with it being my first at bat at Fenway. Knowing that my family and friends were there, I was a little more relaxed. It was a 3-2 count and I was so excited, I was just hoping I wouldn't fall down running the bases!"
~When he suffered from an jury in 1999, the greatest encouragement for him was knowing he would get through the injury. "The healing process is pretty much out of my control. There are some things you can control and other you can't in life. This is one thing I can't control unfortunately."
~"Everyone has doubts during the season, but you just have to continue to work hard and believe in yourself."
~On road trips the team usually sleeps in, they wake up and have lunch, then hang out for a little bit before going to the park. They hang out after then game and then just go to bed.
~His favorite sport other than baseball is football.
~He was a running back and linebacker in the Pop Warner League.
~He prefers natural grass over turf.
~Lou's favorite ice cream flavor is Black Raspberry with chocolate jimmies on a sugar cone from Friendly's.
~When Lou was called up to the majors he got lost on his way to the hotel and had to call Nomar for directions to the hotel. It happened in Kansas City.
~His first thought when he stepped onto a Major League field was; "I can't believe I made it to the big leagues."
~If he could play baseball with any living or dead player it would be Ozzie Smith. He watched him play while growing up and thought he was the greatest short stop.
~He likes Tim McGraw and Shania Twain.
~He feels that playing on a team outside New England would be different. He has got so used to playing in front of his family and friends, due to the fact he has played in New England his whole life. He played in his hometown of Framingham through high school, then at Providence College, he played in the Cape Cod League and in the Red Sox Minor League Organization.
~Lou thinks Jerry Spring is entertaining.
~He is a fan of wrestling
~The biggest influence on his life has been his parents. He feels that they turned him into the person he is today.
~There was a sandwich named after Lou at the Trenton Ballpark Deli. It was called "Gooey Louie" it was; pastrami, turkey, swiss cheese, thousand islands dressing and cole slaw.
~He leaps over the first base line on his way to the field as part of his superstitions. "I'm very superstitious and that baseline to me is evil. I always try to avoid it."
~Lou had a routine in the batter's box in college that he cut down a little bit. When asked if he thought his or Nomar's was longer he responded; "When I was in college, mine was probably just as ridiculous as his is."
~He has two older sisters Jill and Lisa.
~In Lou's first game in Boston he had to wear Nomar's cleats, because his were shipped back to Pawtucket.