Travis Talks: As a kid did you have any favorite teams?
Matt Fox: I liked 2 teams, the Reds when I was real young, and then the Marlins when they came along.
Travis Talks: In High School did you just play baseball or did you play other sports too?
Travis Talks: Tell me about your high school career?
Travis Talks: In the 2001 draft you were selected in the 6th round by Arizona, but didn't sign did you consider signing and why didnt you sign?
Matt Fox: I was expecting from what scouts were telling me that I would go anywhere in the top 4 or 5 rounds. My family and I had a figure we were comforttable with and we just didn't get to that figure. I also played shortstop and at the time didnt feel like my time playing there was done, as I wanted to go to college and no only pitch, but also hit.
Travis Talks: After high school you went to Central Florida university what led you there?
Travis Talks: Were you heavily recruited out of high school?
Matt Fox: I think i was recruited heavily all the florida schools and a lot of the ACC/SEC Schools were interested. Miami, LSU, Clemson wanted me as a pitcher only, while Tennessee, FAU, and others wanted me only as a hitter.
Travis Talks: You were selected in the 1st round in 2004 by the Twins had they been talking to you or were you surprised they drafted you?
Travis Talks: You started your career in E-town what was it like pitching that first year as a professional?
Matt Fox: My first year was a rough one, only had 3-4 starts before i started feeling shoulder pain, and then was shut down for the rest of the season, besides that i was excited to be there but wanted to be healthy more then anything.
Travis Talks: In 2005 you had shoulder surgery what was the injury and rehab consist of?
Travis Talks: How long did it take to gain confidence back in your arm?
Matt Fox: It's been a long process. At first my confidence wasnt' there and that held me back, then my arm felt good but I couldnt get my velocity above 84 or so. the last 2 years or so have been good, feeling strong and no pain at all. Just waiting and hoping i can get some more velocity.
Travis Talks: Have you had any problems with your arm since the surgery?
Travis Talks: Was there ever a time you wanted to call it quits and do something else?
Matt Fox: Coming back from surgey was a tough journey, but at no time did i ever think about doing anything else. Playing a game you love is the best job in the world, and I kept telling myself to just stick with it and one day hopefulyl my time will come.
Travis Talks: What pitches do you throw?
Travis Talks: What would you call your strikeout pitch when you really need a strikeout?
Travis Talks: For someone who doesn't know what is gameday like when your pitching?
Travis Talks: What was it like when you got your first professional paycheck?
Matt Fox: It was a great feeling, just getting paid to play a game you love is a great feeling!
Travis Talks: What do you think it will be like to pitch at Target Field?
Travis Talks: You have progressed through the system does it ever get frustrating when you dont get promoted when you think your ready?
Matt Fox: Sure, at times it can, but what i have learned is not to read too much into what happens with the moves. You can't control who moves and who doesn't. All you can control is how you pitch and hopefully one day you get your chance.
Travis Talks: If a high school player asked you what does it take to make it in pro ball what would you tell him?