Andy Lopez gave a five-minute spiel on bananas this week at Hi Corbett Field.

He talked about yellow bananas, green bananas and rotten bananas.

But it all related to baseball.

The way the Arizona Wildcats coach views things, his veterans, the Johnny Fields and Brandon Dixons of the world, are yellow, ripe bananas.

A freshman, like designated hitter Jackson Willeford is still green.

“You can eat that banana green, but it’s not going to taste very good,” Lopez said. “How do they become yellow? They have to play.”

That’s why Willeford started all three games at DH last weekend against Utah and will likely be in the lineup tonight when the Wildcats open a three-game home series against Cal.

Read more about the Cats in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.