Marty: What’s the best part about being a major-leaguer?
Darren: Coming to the ballpark every day, being around the guys, working hard and getting better.
Marty: What kind of a baseball kid were you? Did you play Little League, Pony League and all that?
Darren: I played a little bit of the Babe Ruth League, a little bit of Legion ball. But growing up I wasn’t really too much of a baseball fan. But I love baseball now, and I am thankful that I got this opportunity to be where I am today. I know a lot of people would love to be in my shoes, so I’m thrilled to be here. We have great, great fans here in San Fran and you know they’re behind you 100 percent.
Marty: Who’s your favorite teammate here?
Darren: I got to go with Manny Burriss. He took me under his wing and really showed me the ropes. A couple of the older guys – Rowand, Pat Burrell – they’ve been behind me 100 percent. That helps a lot. I go out there and learn as much as I can from the older guys.
Marty: What kind of year did you have with the Richmond Flying Squirrels?
Darren: I had my ups and downs, like every player does. I struggled some but in the summer started to come out of it a little bit. I got hurt a little bit. But the knee is 100 percent now and thank God I was fortunate enough to get called up and hopefully help the Giants in this playoff round.
Marty: I see your speed and think, ‘If this guy can just bunt or put the ball on the ground, he’ll get on base every time.’ Are you that kind of player?
Darren: Yes, I am. Everybody has a role on a team. I’m not the type of guy who’s going to hit the three-run homer. I’m the type of guy to be on base to get that run scored. So I just try to play my role, whatever they ask me to do. Once I’m on base, I’m a threat so it gives some of the bigger guys an opportunity to drive me in.