Small Talk: Joe Kelly Talks About Ugly Sweaters, Netflix Shows

In this week’s edition of “Small Talk,” Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly answers the big questions from little kids.

1. How do you use Google?
That’s a very good question. I like to look at pictures of myself a lot, so I google my name. No, I’m totally kidding. I use Google a lot for food recipes and how to cook dinner with my wife. We like to cook a lot, and Google is one search engine we like to type in to make anything from teriyaki chicken to fish.

2. Do you have Netflix?
I do watch Netflix. I like watching some movies. I watch more TV shows right now.

3. Who’s the most versatile player on the Red Sox?
I would say myself, but the coaches won’t let me play the outfield. So I’m going to have to pick Brock Holt. He’s definitely Mr. Versatile himself. He can go anywhere from the infield to the outfield. I’d like to see him catch me in a game one time, but we’ll see how that goes.

4. Do you do anything special before you play?
I guess it just depends on what day it is. Sometimes, I have family in town, and we’ll take them to a local breakfast joint or we’ll go eat lunch. But other than that, I get to the field pretty early, so it’s kind of hard to do anything special in the mornings unless we have an off-day. But yeah, I usually show up early and tell my family to go take a nap at home and come out and watch the game later.

5. Do you know your French Revolution history?
Oui oui? Is that French? I don’t even know. I haven’t learned that in a while, so if you quizzed me on it like on Trivia Crack, I always get that wrong.

6. Do you have an ugly sweater?
I wear them for Christmas parties, but in my collection right now, I do not have an ugly sweater.

7. If you could pick your name, what would it be?
I’m not sure. I’ve never really thought about that until now. Max? I like the name Max. I think Max would be a fun name. I’d go by the name Maximilian, though.

8. What’s your nickname?
Right now, people just call me by my initials because it’s kind of easy. They just call me J.K.

9. How old were you when your training wheels came off your bike?
My dad was one of those strict dads, and I have video proof that my training wheels came off when I was 2, and that’s a true statement. He ripped them right off my bike and made me ride. I fell a bunch of times, but I eventually got it, so I think I was like 2 years old and maybe a month or a little over a month.