Brett Jackson is the prototype for what the Cubs' new front office wants in a prospect.
I had a chance to sit down with the 23-year-old outfielder to discuss a variety of subjects.
When do you expect to be playing in the major leagues?
Brett Jackson: That is not on my agenda right now. My days are filled with day-to-day work. That is all I can control, but of course I want to be in the big leagues as soon as I can. I will just keep knocking on the door until I get there.
Who is the coolest player you have been around?
BJ: Reed Johnson. He has that certain awesomeness that you can't pinpoint. Just the way he goes about his business and dresses, you have to catch his act on road trips. He rocks some pretty incredible fashion statements. He has nice cars. Just an all-around good dude.
Who has had the greatest impact on you baseball wise?
BJ: Dave McKay. People think a first-base coach does not do much.They are so wrong with that premise. Any bases I steal will be because of Dave and his teachings. If I put it all in Dave's hands I may have 50 by the middle of the year.
What's it like being a California kid?
BJ: People always talk about people being different from California, but I am from the San Francisco area. I love my home. Maybe the So-Cal guys are weird. Oscar Wilde said: 'Be yourself, everyone else is taken.' I agree with that statement.