It’s a great day at the ballpark when baseball greats like Dusty Baker recognize you.
Before an Astros vs. Cubs game, Mr. Baker came up to me after batting practice and shook my hand, asked me how I was doing, and invited me in to the dugout to talk, which is something we’ve done several times. It was awesome. He always likes to talk about how his team is doing and how guys are doing. He explained how his team is made up a little differently this year, maybe not so much as the same power as last year, but that they have the ability to produce more runs and speed and that they still had the same outstanding pitching. It’s great to sit one on one with a manager and dig a little bit into what they are thinking. He told me about what they need to work on, what decisions are still up in the air, and about some of the guys who are no longer with the Cubs.
He’s very optimistic about this season, and looks forward to it.
Welcome to my site! I am excited about this new venture on mlb.com. I hope you will join me this entire season, and here you will get the latest updates and interviews with your favorite baseball players!
Interviewing baseball players has been the most exciting thing I have ever done. The one thing I enjoy most about it is that I get to learn about the player as a person, who he is on the inside, and what he is really like!
It’s really interesting how different so many of the guys are. Randy Johnson is the most polite and quiet person I have interviewed. Then there are cut ups like Danny Graves and Ben Sheets. They will keep you laughing in your shoes. Roger Clemens was awe inspiring. He is truly a remarkable player, and I shook in my shoes when I interviewed him!
Speaking of Clemens, I was there to watch him receive his award for his 7th Cy Young. His mom Bess tossed out the ceremonial first pitch to Roger, and it was a very emotional time for both of them. Bess Clemens suffers from emphysema, and it took a lot out of her to get up there, but she was determined to do it, and she did. Roger joked that she threw the ball in the dirt so she could claim it was a game used ball and keep it.
It’s stories like those I plan to share with you, and you too will learn things about your favorite players you didn’t know!
And btw, I will be doing a search this summer for the best ballpark hot dog, as I hope to travel around to some of the different ballparks and test them out for myself. So far though, Minute MaidPark has some pretty good ones!
So, send me your input on your favorites, or players you would like to see interviews on, and then check out mlb.com/kids to see them for yourself! My interview with nice-guy Sean Casey should be up next week, and upcoming is going to be an interview with Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who does awesome magic and card tricks. We plan to video it, so stay tuned!