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Williams' gifts for Bucs: Instruments for everyone

Pitcher talks about offseason tweeting and eyeing that first stolen base
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PITTSBURGH -- You probably know Trevor Williams the pitcher, the guy who came out of the bullpen and locked down a spot in the rotation during a solid rookie season. You also probably know Trevor Williams the social media presence, otherwise known as @MeLlamoTrevor, the guy who occasionally goes viral with, as he would say, "average to above-average jokes."

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, MLB.com recently caught up with Williams from his home near Phoenix to discuss Trevor Williams the offseason dad to Isaac, husband to Jackie and still-prolific tweeter for everyone else.

PITTSBURGH -- You probably know Trevor Williams the pitcher, the guy who came out of the bullpen and locked down a spot in the rotation during a solid rookie season. You also probably know Trevor Williams the social media presence, otherwise known as @MeLlamoTrevor, the guy who occasionally goes viral with, as he would say, "average to above-average jokes."

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, MLB.com recently caught up with Williams from his home near Phoenix to discuss Trevor Williams the offseason dad to Isaac, husband to Jackie and still-prolific tweeter for everyone else.

MLB.com: So what is the offseason like around the Williams home?

Tweet from @MeLlamoTrevor: On our way to watch @FootballASU take on USC pic.twitter.com/ExbgZ67pFH

Williams: The first part of the offseason, it's a lot of family time, relaxation time. The offseason is also wedding season, so it feels like every other weekend, you're flying somewhere for somebody's wedding. We like to lay low. We didn't take a trip this year because we moved into a new house. We wanted to enjoy our house together as a family unit. My workouts started at the end of October. I have my workouts in the morning, then the afternoons and nights are just family time. We have our routines here. We have a lot of parks that we frequent. It's been good, just the three of us. This time of the offseason ... now it's planning for the season time.

MLB.com: It's the baseball offseason, but we all know social media season never ends. You've gone viral at least once this offseason. How often are you checking your feeds, and how different is it for you now than during the season?

Tweet from @MeLlamoTrevor: I've been building my son's trust for two yrs with high-fives. Today I'm going to hit him with a "too slow". Welcome to the real world, son.

Williams: I've really tried to practice fasting -- not necessarily food, but fasting certain things. One day I'm not going to check my social media. Today I'm not going to have a drink. Today I'm not going to watch TV. ... I've been trying to do that this offseason. I like to keep my phone away when I'm hanging out with my family. It's more fun in the offseason. There's fewer people saying, 'You should be worrying about the game instead of your Twitter. Get ready for your start.' Less of that and more enjoying the offseason Twitter-sphere. It's funny stuff. A lot of guys will post workout videos; I've never been a workout video poster just because I'm not super-athletic. The stuff I do isn't super-impressive. Know that I'm working hard. I'm not doing crazy box jumps or squatting with a mask on or something like that, but I'm working hard to get my body right for 30 starts.

MLB.com: But you're doing a lot of sprinting to get ready for that stolen base.

Williams: I'm getting my Naruto run. I'm going to try my best. I'm going to hate myself if I don't get at least an attempt or a passed ball.

Tweet from @MeLlamoTrevor: Training hard for my stolen base #GiveTrevorTheStealSign pic.twitter.com/wlKQTPxS6o

MLB.com: Everybody saw that you followed the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes closely. Are you following baseball activity in the offseason, or do you try to stay away from that?

Williams: I like the Winter Meetings, because as a fan, they were awesome. Now there's kind of a terrifying reality that I'm part of the Winter Meetings. ... There's rumors circulating around, this guy and that guy. It's tough to see teammates have their names go by, but it's part of the business. It's fun to watch, but it's also kind of terrifying to know that you're part of that and you could be one of those breaking tweets. Finding out about trades on Twitter is cool, but finding out you got traded on Twitter is not cool, and I know it's happened to a few guys.

Tweet from @MeLlamoTrevor: Oh you���re a big fan of the rule 5 draft? Name 3 of their songs.

MLB.com: Does your family have any specific Christmas or holiday traditions?

Williams: It's different now that Jackie and I are married and we have Ike, so we're constantly trying to bounce between my family and her family during the holiday season. My family doesn't have huge traditions, really. Her family, it's a big Mexican family, so they make tamales every year. We make them after Thanksgiving. All of her tios and tias and her grandma will go to her house, and we made like 90 dozen tamales. They make them for Christmas time to hand out to neighbors and parishioners and whatnot.

MLB.com: If you could give your teammates a gift, whether it's someone in particular or the group as a whole, what would it be?

Williams: Maybe an instrument for everybody. I think we would have a great team band. If you were to put our team up against any other team, and we had like a battle of the bands between 30 teams, I firmly believe that we would crush everybody. Hopefully that can translate to baseball as well. I think as a team, as a whole, we're very musically talented. There's a few secret rock stars on our team. That's what I've got. I'd give everyone an instrument of their choosing so we could start a band. ... [Steven] Brault, he's the ringer. (Note: Brault was a vocal performance major at Regis University.) He's the obvious superhero on our squad.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

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