Billy Sample played in the big leagues from 1978-1986 for the Rangers ('78 to '84), Yankees ('85), Braves ('86). He was an outfielder and formerly worked on MLB.com Radio. Here are some questions he answered via e-mail.
BW: What was it like wearing pinstripes?
BS: Pinstripes made me look heavier.
BW: What was your favorite team to play for?
BS: My favorite team was whichever was winning the most, my Yankees year we won 97, but did not make the playoffs.
BW: What teams did you dream to play on?
BS: The 78-84 Rangers, 85 Yankees and 86 Braves.
BW: Who was your idol?
BS: I didn't have baseball idols, but always admired the way that former Yankees outfielder Roy White played the game. When I was with the Yankees, I told him so, he didn't believe me:-) My real idols were teachers, Cub scout leaders, and coaches as I was growing up.
BW: What would you tell someone who wants to make it to the big leagues?
BS: To get to the majors, work hard, and work hard on potential talents, (speed, power, soft hands on defense, etc).
BW: Is it cooler to play in the MLB or work for the MLB?
BS: No longer work for MLB or the dot com, but even if I did, it's much cooler to play in the majors, especially if you and/or the team are doing well.