Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez covers the infield with speed and agility, and blasts powerful home runs like nobody’s business. Since 2012, he’s hit more homers than any National League third baseman, earning him the National League All-Star and Silver Slugger titles in 2013. We tossed a few questions at the Washington Heights, N.Y., native, and learned that when he’s not playing baseball, Alvarez is usually playing video games, or catching up with his biggest fan: his mom.
By Rachel Jones
What do you think of your nickname?
Pedro Alvarez: I like it. I’ve had it pretty much all my life.
How will the team continue to build off last year’s momentum?
PA: By continuing to do what we have been doing: Playing hard, having fun, and having everyone do their little bit to contribute.
What are your walk-up songs this year?
PA: “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. and “Brooklyn We Go Hard” by Jay-Z featuring Santigold.
What’s your favorite video game?
PA: Too many to list! FIFA, Madden, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed — plus, anything from my childhood, like Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.
What’s something you miss about New York that you can’t get in Pittsburgh?
PA: My mom’s cooking.
What’s something you love in Pittsburgh that you can’t get in New York?
PA: Labriola’s [Italian Market] in Cranberry and Dive Bar & Grille in Wexford.
What’s the best advice you ever got from your mom?
PA: Always be grateful of everything God puts in our paths.