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'Two minutes with ...' O's pitcher Ryan Webb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two Minutes with ..." spring series continues with pitcher Ryan Webb. Signed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal, Webb has pitched six innings this spring and has allowed three runs on 11 hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Favorite food: I'm a big pasta guy, I love a good pasta bolognese. There's a place in Cincinnati called Via Vites that has the best I've ever had.

Favorite movie: I like the Iron Man movies. I like action movies. I also like funny movies [like] Super Troopers.

Special talent: I self-taught myself how to play a few instruments. No musical background. Picked up a guitar during the Minor Leagues and then self-taught myself piano, base and drums. I have a couple songs that are on my Twitter. They are on sound cloud. It's the first time I did anything all myself. I recorded all the music.

If I wasn't a baseball player I'd be ...: I always wanted to be an astronaut. If I couldn't be an astronaut, I would have done something in science and physics. I love that kind of stuff. I know it's kind of nerdy.

Favorite offseason place: Cincinnati -- that's where the majority of my friends and my fiancée are. My fiancée [Lauren Stafford] works at Procter & Gamble.

Prized possession: Probably my memorabilia collection. It's kind of cool making the transition from a kid who was a big fan ... to kind of still being a big kid in the game. I have a lot of old stuff, my dad [Hank Webb]'s stuff, old baseball cards of his, jerseys, hats. Really my overall collection. I have an old Chipper Jones ball and bat from when I was a kid, and a picture of the first time I faced him and struck him out. Stuff like that. It's little things like that that eventually I'll be able to put up somewhere that's really special.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli.
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