MLB.com: When you were growing up, was there a player you idolized?
Fukudome: When I was little, I really wanted to be like [Kazuyoshi] Tatsunami. He played for the Chunichi Dragons. He was not really a home run hitter; he's a little bit taller than Hiro [Aoyama].
MLB.com: If you could trade places with someone on the Cubs for a day, who would it be?
Fukudome: I would like to be Otis [Tom Hellman], the clubhouse manager. I think it is a difficult job, and it has a lot of responsibilities. He has to stay late at night and do everything that needs to be taken care of for the players. I want to be him to see what it's like. I think it would be interesting and definitely something different from what I do in baseball.
MLB.com: This offseason, when do you start your workouts?
Fukudome: I will take two to three weeks off, and then start moving, like walking and more active things. Sometime in December, I'll start hitting, depending on my body and how I feel.
MLB.com: If you could be Lou Piniella for a day, what would you do?
Fukudome: I have never argued with an umpire before in Major League Baseball. If I could speak English fluently, and I was the manager, I would like to come out of the dugout, go up to the umpire and argue with him. In English. And I would put some dirt on home plate.
MLB.com: Would you throw your cap?
MLB.com: Is there a comfort food you crave?
Fukudome: Sushi. I have a particular restaurant [in Japan] I want to go to.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.