Q: What is the most satisfying experience about being Rusty?
A: Shooting t-shirts from the cannon is always fun! I love posing for pictures with the kids.
Q: How did you get your name?
A: It’s a family name that has been passed down from generation to generation. My uncle and great uncle are both called Rusty.
Q: Fans really enjoy your dancing! How did you gain such good dance skills?
A: It’s easy to look good dancing next to Sammy; he’s got two left feet. Quality dancing is about continuing education. I pay close attention to the Texas Lottery Lucky Scratch Ticket Dance-Off after Friday home games.
Q: What has been some of the most exciting moments you’ve experienced as the Corpus Christi Hooks mascot?
A: The 2006 Texas League Championship was awesome! I love tight games and extra innings. The deciding game lasted 14 innings and featured a triple play. It started on a Friday and ended on a Saturday. It was cool to see all my buddies in the media pop in after covering high school football earlier that night.
Q: As the Hooks mascot, what are some of your favorite memories?
A: My most recent favorite memory is of Antonio Nunez hitting a walk-off single last September against Midland in the playoffs. I also once won a mascot Home Run Derby on my birthday. And everyone remembers when I beat Sammy in the 2008 election for favorite Hooks mascot. Barack Obama wasn’t the only winner that year!
Q: Did Sammy take it hard? Are y'all still buddies?
A: We’re still friends, of course. He’d called a press conference to concede, so my win was somewhat anticlimactic.
Q: Who has been a Hooks mascot longer, you or Sammy?
A: Sammy and I started together with the Hooks, from the beginning in 2005.
Q: What is it like to go on a road trip with the Hooks players?
A: I used to go with the team but I got homesick being so far away from the Coastal Bend. I also got tired of hitting my head on the overhead bin. Bus travel is rather difficult for me, given my physique.
Q: What is an interesting but not very well known fact about the game of baseball that baseball fans may not know?
A: Think about it…in baseball you have the ball on defense. That’s deep.
Q: What do you do during the off season when the Hooks are not playing ball at Whataburger Field?
A: I sleep a lot. I fish a lot. My Saturdays in the fall are consumed by college football on TV. I also enjoy slipping in and out of Buc Stadium for high school games without ever being seen.
Q: Anything unusual or surprising that you would like your fans to know about you?
A: Although my name implies I’m “rusty,” there is actually no rust on me.