In the latest edition of Clearing the Bases, get to know Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, his breakfast of champions, the time he was starstruck on social media and sharing his name with the King of Rock and Roll.
What is your most memorable hit?
My first one in 2009 against Cliff Lee. He won the Cy Young [Award] the year before, and I was so scared. I didn’t want to start my career with a strikeout. But I got a double, so I think that’s the one that will always stick there. I gave the ball to my mom.
Fill in the blank: People think I am named for ____
Elvis Presley. When I first came to the U.S., I thought it was going to be the most popular name here, knowing that everybody loved Elvis Presley. But actually, it’s the opposite. It was so weird to find that name. There’s been so many times that a lot of people ask me, “What’s your name? Elvis? Let me see your ID.” My mom knew Elvis Presley, but I don’t think she did it for that. The thing about my name is, everybody in my family, our first names start with “E.” My mom’s name is Elvia, so if you take the “A” and put an “S,” Elvis. In the beginning I used to think it was for him, but now really I don’t think so.
What is the last good meal you had for breakfast?
I usually eat the same, it’s really simple: I love pancakes, scrambled [eggs] with cheese on top. You have to have cheese. If it doesn’t have cheese, I don’t eat it scrambled. And bacon. I love bacon. I love the taste of bacon. Usually, I leave it for last. I eat everything, and the last thing I eat is the bacon so I can have the taste in my mouth.
Who would people be surprised to find out is in your phone?
It’s a [social media] follow, if we can throw that one in there. I was a huge fan of her growing up -- Melissa Joan Hart, the actress. I remember three years ago, I was going through my phone and I saw she was following me. It made my day because I used to watch her show every day. I’ve never talked to her. I don’t think I have the guts to. I’m really happy that she followed me. That actually literally made my year that time when I found that out.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
I love to sing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” because my mom loves that song. Every time that I sing karaoke, that’s my song. One, I know the lyrics -- that’s the most important part. It’s a good song. It’s a mellow song. If you’re old, if you’re young, everybody likes it.