Coco Crisp sees big things for the Oakland Athletics. The nine-year MLB vet—known as much for his unusual nickname as for his deft outfield maneuvering—watched his team fall short of an AL West title last year after a string of injuries plagued the roster. It’ll be different this season. “I think we have the best team in the division,” he raves. “Our acquisitions of Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui and David DeJesus make our lineup a lot more potent.” Also potent are his words of wisdom. With Opening Day upon us and the A’s taking the field against the Mariners, Crisp took a moment to drop knowledge on life, ladies, and the infinite value of sleeping late.
MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without and why?
COCO CRISP: My phone. I always need that. It has the Internet. I can get on there and play video games. It has everything. After that, it’s my iPad. It basically does the same thing, just a little bigger.
MM: How do you relax after a hard day at work?
CC: I like to bowl, go to the movies, or play video games. I’m playing a lot of World of Warcraft right now. Sometimes I’ll just sit back or grab something to eat after a game, but for the most part I like fun stuff.
MM: What grooming, style, or fitness tip can guys use in the morning to look and feel good all day?
CC: I have some creams that I use on my face, but nothing too crazy. During the off-season I wake early and go work out with the boys. Your day is always going to be better when you start it off with a workout. During the season, though, I try to sleep in as much as I can, because that’s just not possible the rest of the year.
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten about women?
CC: Don’t profess anything. Everyone always jumps the gun with “I care for you” and “I love you.” Hold off as long as you can with that. It gives you a real advantage. That way there’s still that question mark. You’ve got to keep some mysteriousness to yourself and make her ask “Does he like me? Does he not?” That’ll make them do more for you instead of just jumping right out there with “You’re beautiful, I like you and I want to be with you.” After that it’s like, well, where do you go from there?
MM: What can baseball teach guys about being better men?
CC: Sports in general has that ‘never give up’ type of attitude. Whatever you’re doing, keep going after it. Keep out there. Keep trying no matter what. Sports also gives you a team player mentality. It’s not just about yourself; you have to be selfless. If you do those things enough they become part of your personality.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
CC: You only live once so you might as well live once.