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Five Questions: Catcher Ryan Doumit

RYAN DOUMIT

Catcher, 6-foot-1, 215 pounds

Bats: switch, Throws: right

Notable: Doumit was named second-team All-America at Moses Lake (Wash.) High School, and was drafted in the second round in 1999. Last season, "Dewey" led National League catchers with a .323 batting average. He made a career-high 106 starts behind the plate and also made one appearance at first base. He signed a three-year, $11.5 million contract in December, and donated $25,000 to the Pirates Charities' Fields for Kids program.

What did you buy when you got the new contract?

I bought my parents a house. It's something I always wanted to do, and that's all the money I plan on spending for a little while.

What's on your iPod?

A lot of rock. A lot of Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains. Nothing soft. No country or anything weird like that. No Barry Manilow. I listen to it on game days. It's part of my routine. It's one of those things where you have to feel good going into the game. You have to put yourself in a surrounding to feel good, and that music does it for me.

Who rung your bell the loudest in a collision at the plate?

I've had my bell rung a couple of times. A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) hit me pretty good in '07. But I'd have to say the worst was Prince Fielder. Yeah. Those are the guys, you look and see them at second base and you just say, "Oh, no. Please, don't let there be a play at the plate."

What do you do in the offseason?

I do a whole lot of nothing. I try to watch as much football as possible and I don't really leave my house. It's my man-cave. I like to lock myself away from the rest of the world and watch football.

Is there something about you which would surprise people who knew you in high school?

I still know all my friends from high school. I'm from such a small town, it's like Mayberry. You know everybody in town and they know you. The house I live in now is only about an hour away from the house I grew up in. I'm still very much in the loop from back in Moses Lake.

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