On Friday afternoon, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter interviewed Anaheim native Joe Acaba for about 15 minutes. It's strange enough that a baseball player is conducting an interview, but Acaba is an astronaut who is currently aboard the International Space Station. The one that is currently in space. Hit the jump to watch the interview, which includes vital pooping questions posed by Hunter.
This video comes our way via Sean Newell of Deadpsin. The buzz-worthy section, of course, is about 45 seconds in, when Hunter prefaces his question saying, "Everyone wants to know this question; it may sound immature ... " and then asks Acaba how he goes to the bathroom in space. Acaba, to his credit, explains in detail the intricacies of taking your onesies and twosies in reduced gravity. Hunter, apparently never having read any science fiction at all, is utterly horrified by the thought of recycling urine for drinking water. He seems so grossed out by the concept, in fact, that I don't much like his chances if he were ever stranded on a deserted island or something.
Hunter's interview style is child-like and extremely infectious. "CAN YOU SEE THE BIG A FROM SPACE" and "CAN YOU SEE MARK TRUMBO'S HOMERS FROM SPACE" are among his fantastic gems. At one point, Hunter just sort of blurts out, "HAVE YOU SEEN E.T.??" which comes across 100 percent like it's one kid asking another kid if he's seen the popular Spielberg film. When Acaba isn't sure how to respond, Hunter clarifies that he is actually asking whether Acaba has literally beheld an alien life form. Torii Hunter is basically the best interviewer ever. Let's give him Barbara Walters'/Oprah's post-Oscars interview special. I can't wait to hear someone ask James Cameron, "No but really, how do all those blue cats poop in that big tree?"
Questions Hunter probably didn't have time to get to:
- Is it as dark in space as they say it is?
- Is it true nobody can hear you scream? Scream a little bit; I'll listen.
- Do you ever mistake Mike Scioscia's face for the moon?
- Why do you have a box of tissues strapped to your thigh? Are you sad? Did Rob Liefeld draw you?
- Want to go ride bikes?