Tacoma Rainiers

Q&A with Pitcher Dan Altavilla

While you’ve been staying home to stay healthy, so have your favorite baseball players. With games on hold, we caught up with current and former Tacoma Rainiers to learn what exercises they’re doing to stay in shape, what games they’re playing to stay entertained, and what dishes they’re cooking up to keep their bodies in tip top shape while in shelter.

Dan Altavilla is a relief pitcher who has appeared in Rainiers games in each of the last three seasons, and had 14 outings with Tacoma in 2019. The 27-year-old hurler has watched almost every movie and show that’s ever been made, but he’s still had time to stay in shape and make some old fashioned home cooking.

Q: How are you staying in shape for the return of baseball?

A: I’m fortunate enough to have a home gym with everything that I need to stay on a normal schedule (at least with my routine). I’ve also been staying on a regular throwing schedule either with a partner or throwing into a net. Bullpens only happen once a week for now until we get a more firm return date.

Q: What movies or TV shows have you been watching?

A: We’ll start with movies first: Onward, Just Mercy, The Hunt, Serenity, The Invisible Man, The Way Back, Downhill, and The Gentlemen.

TV shows: Ballers, Westworld, Ozark, Friends, The Righteous Gemstones, Tiger King, and The Office.

Q: What’s been your go-to meal to cook at home?

A: Steak with broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and red potatoes.

Q: Which teammate would you want to be quarantined with?

A: Art Warren because we have a lot in common. He’s a good friend and funny guy.

About the Tacoma Rainiers

The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Tacoma has been a member of the Pacific Coast League since Cheney Stadium opened in 1960, and has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.

The most up-to-date news and notes about the Tacoma Rainiers and Cheney Stadium can be found at WeRTacoma.com, or by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand), Instagram (@tacomarainiers) and liking the team on Facebook.

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COVID-19 Information

More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.

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