Even in light of our boys making it to the post-season, I'll be kicking off my first installment of "Twins Bloggers: Get to Know 'Em", the title of which refers to the old Twins campaign, but the posts are a flashback to those "questionnaires" people like to send around (though this one is particularly Twins Centric). A huge thanks to Katie for her responses. She's the sole writer at KC's Baseball Blog which is one of my daily reads, and she's also one of the only two fellow bloggers I've actually met in person! For those avid readers of her site, below you'll get to know her fanhood even more! For those who haven't yet checked out her site, you should do so and let her help post you through our miraculous playoff run and into Target Field from here on!
Without further ado:
BIRTHDAY: March 2nd
HOMETOWN: Delano, MN
WHAT KEEPS YOU EMPLOYED OTHER THAN BLOGGING: I do accounts payable/accounts receivable for a trucking company.
FAVORITE COLOR: Red and Black
FAVORITE FOOD: My Mom's homemade pizza
FAVORITE MOVIE: Pearl Harbor
FAVORITE BOOK: A Walk to Remember
FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC: Country
FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH OTHER THAN BASEBALL: Toss up between Hockey and Football
FAVORITE SPORT TO PLAY: Volleyball
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE VIKINGS/TIMBERWOLVES/WILD: Vikings and Wolves I could care less about. I do love the Wild though.
WHAT MAKES BASEBALL SO GREAT TO YOU: The excitement of the game. Never know what each inning is going to bring.
IF YOU HAD TO FOLLOW ANOTHER TEAM, WHICH AND WHY: I follow the Tampa Bay Rays besides the Twins. They have my first baseball love, which is Jason Bartlett.
BEST EXPERIENCE AT A BALLPARK OTHER THAN THE DOME: I've only been to one other stadium and that was Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. It is a beautiful ballpark and I hope to get back there some day.
OPINION ON INTERLEAGUE PLAY: I don't mind it. It's nice to change things up a little bit every once and a while.
OPINION ON THE UNBALANCED SCHEDULE: I'd like it if we could play different teams more often. It gets kinda old playing the same team 18 times a year.
FAVORITE NON-TWINS PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY: Babe Ruth
MOST HATED NON-TWINS PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY: If you are talking non-current Twins players, AJ Pierzynski. Otherwise Alex Rodriguez.
DID YOU EVER PLAY BASEBALL/SOFTBALL, WHAT POSITION: I played softball for 3 years and I played first base.
WHEN DID YOU BECOME A TWINS FAN AND WHY: I have always been a Twins fan because of my grandmother. She would always watch the game when I would spend the night at her place and I became hooked.
BEST EXPERIENCE AT THE DOME: Probably my first game in person last year. I had never been to a game in the Dome and my dad got free tickets from his work so I went and that was that!
EVER BEEN TO TWINS FEST? HOW WAS IT: Not yet, I'm looking forward to going before the 2010 season.
EVER BEEN TO SPRING TRAINING? HOW WAS IT: No, but I'm hoping to make it down there maybe next year.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CIRCLED BY BERT: No :-(
HAVE YOU EVER CAUGHT A FOUL BALL OR HOME RUN AT THE DOME: No, but I've come close!
Twins Player Specific-
FAVORITE TWINS PLAYER IN HISTORY: Kent Hrbek
FAVORITE CURRENT TWINS PLAYER: Michael Cuddyer
ARE THERE (WERE THERE) ANY TWINS PLAYERS YOU DISLIKE: You can see above, but AJ Pierzynski
FAVORITE EXPERIENCE MEETING A PLAYER: I took my 8 year old nephew to meet Michael Cuddyer Mother's day weekend and Cuddy was so down to earth and friendly. He carried on a good 5 minute conversation with my nephew before we were told to move on.
CURRENT PLAYER YOU'D MOST LIKE TO WATCH A GAME WITH: Michael Cuddyer
GO TO A BAR WITH: Joe Mauer
BE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH: Kevin Slowey
HAVE DINNER WITH: Michael Cuddyer
BE THE FRONT MAN OF YOUR NEW BAND: Joe Mauer since he thinks he can rap
THINK SHOULD BE A MOVIE STAR: Good question ... Jeff Manship
EXPECTATIONS OF TARGET FIELD: I'm excited for outdoor baseball here in Minnesota. I like the excitement that the guys have been bringing to in talking about Target Field next year. I just hope they bring that excitement and show everyone that they can play on real grass too! I think it's going to be an interesting season with the new ball park and everyone getting adjusted to how the ball carries.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE TEAM NEXT YEAR: Hopefully a repeat of what happened in 2006 and 2008. This team has what it takes to make it to the playoffs, we just need the starting pitchers figured out and get our bats swinging and hopefully the guys can show everyone they know what to do again.
Thanks for stopping by! This series will hopefully continue every week throughout the off-season! Next week, pre-eminent Twins blogger and minor league guru: Seth Stohs is on the hotseat! Go Twins! Look for me and my homer hanky tonight!