Today I'm continuing with my weekly offseason series: Twins Bloggers, "Get to Know 'Em!" I've been lucky to have many of my favorite bloggers help me out so far by answering some of my questions about their life and their fanhood, and I've got plenty more contributing over the rest of this offseason. Today, I'm thrilled to be able to present K-Bro of K-Bro's Baseball Blog. In addition to being a whiz with photoshop illustrations to accompany her often humorous (and always enjoyable) posts, K-Bro got plenty of recognition after being picked up by Howard Sinker's blog on the Star Tribune website which noticed her fun, charitable, Twins Pennant Race Food Drive. Without further ado:
NAME: You can call me k-bro. But I'm not a "bro," I'm a chick (well, a female anyway; I'm kind of old to be a "chick"). It's the "J-Lo" version of Kirsten Brown.
BIRTHDAY: November 3rd
HOMETOWN: Pretty much all over the Twins Cities area
WHAT KEEPS YOU EMPLOYED OTHER THAN BLOGGING: Senior Technical Writer for a medical software company
FAVORITE COLOR: Red
FAVORITE FOOD: Seafood. And chocolate.
FAVORITE MOVIE: Bull Durham
FAVORITE BOOK: Things That Make Us [Sic] -- it's a grammar book ... yes, I'm a dork.
FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC: Classic Rock -- Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, etc.
FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH OTHER THAN BASEBALL: Football and golf
FAVORITE SPORT TO PLAY: I wish I could golf, but I tried and got mad that I'm horrible at it, so I quit. So, none.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE VIKINGS/TIMBERWOLVES/WILD: Love the Vikings. Like the Wild -- I think going to their games is a blast, but I can't watch hockey on TV. I really don't care for basketball.
WHAT MAKES BASEBALL SO GREAT TO YOU: The pace of the game. There is no clock. There is no "hurry-up offense." It just takes as long as it takes, and they play until somebody wins. I love great pitching; a 1-0 game is a joy for me. I also love great defense; there's nothing sexier than a turn of a good double-play.
IF YOU HAD TO FOLLOW ANOTHER TEAM, WHICH AND WHY: I like watching good young pitchers develop into great pitchers, so I would follow the Royals or the Mariners, because it would be fun to follow Grienke and King Felix.
BEST EXPERIENCE AT A BALLPARK OTHER THAN THE DOME: Once, on a business trip to San Francisco, I took in a Giants game at AT&T Park. It was very chilly, but I didn't care, however it did amuse me that hot chocolate vendors out-numbered beer vendors 4 to 1 (hello Target Field?). It must've been weird for the fans there to see a woman sitting by herself keeping score, because so many people asked me where I was from. But the fans were super nice and were fun to talk baseball with. Oh, and I got to see Tim Lincecum pitch.
OPINION ON INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Love it.
OPINION ON THE UNBALANCED SCHEDULE: I don't mind it, but maybe they could dial back a bit.
FAVORITE NON-TWINS PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY: Ozzie Smith. Oh, and here's an obscure one for you, Al Hrabosky (a very bizarre closer for the Royals who would "talk" to the ball)
MOST HATED NON-TWINS PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY: Manny Ramirez, eew.
DID YOU EVER PLAY BASEBALL/SOFTBALL, WHAT POSITION: No, but I have coached youth baseball some. Well, I've been a bench coach, which amounts to keeping the score book and hollering out the batting order all the time.
WHEN DID YOU BECOME A TWINS FAN AND WHY: When I was little. My dad was a big Twins fan. I'm an only child of divorced parents, and I grew up with my dad. Before the days of cable TV, the only way to keep up with the Twins was to listen to them on the radio. The only reliable AM radio my dad had was in his truck, so about three times a week, he would take me to DQ so we could sit in the truck and listen to the games while eating our ice cream.
BEST EXPERIENCE AT THE DOME: The final game of 2006 when the fans were watching the Royals/Tigers game on the Jumbotrons and cheering for KC to win so that the Twins would win the division.
EVER BEEN TO TWINS FEST? HOW WAS IT: I go to Twins Fest every couple years or so. It's always the same, but I like it. It gets me excited for the coming season.
EVER BEEN TO SPRING TRAINING? HOW WAS IT: Yes. It's amazing! Fort Myers is my favorite place on the planet, even though I've only been there once. I'd go again in a heartbeat if someone would be willing to pay for my kids' college.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CIRCLED BY BERT: No
HAVE YOU EVER CAUGHT A FOUL BALL OR HOME RUN AT THE DOME: No, but Justin Morneau tossed a ball to my kid as he went back to the dugout.
Twins Player Specific-
FAVORITE TWINS PLAYER IN HISTORY: Brad Radke
FAVORITE CURRENT TWINS PLAYER: Michael Cuddyer
FAVORITE OBSCURE TWINS PLAYER: Butch Wynegar
ARE THERE (WERE THERE) ANY TWINS PLAYERS YOU DISLIKE: Yes. And we'll leave it at that.
FAVORITE EXPERIENCE MEETING A PLAYER, PLEASE DESCRIBE: I've never actually met any players, but at autograph signings Bert Blyleven, Joe Nathan, and Johan Santana were really friendly and joked around with my kids, which was kind of fun.
CURRENT PLAYER YOU'D MOST LIKE TO WATCH A GAME WITH: Gardy. I would love to know what goes on in his head during a game.
LIKE TO GO TO A BAR WITH: Mike Redmond. I bet he tells great stories. And I bet his stories get better with every beer.
LIKE TO BE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND WITH: We'll just keep that within the boundaries of my imagination, 'k?
LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Michael Cuddyer. He seems like a good conversationalist. But I would have to respectfully request that he refrain from the magic tricks; sleight of hand creeps me out.
WANT TO BE THE FRONT MAN OF YOUR NEW BAND: Jon Rauch. He seems like he'd be a good musician -- I don't know why.
THINK SHOULD BE A MOVIE STAR: Nick Blackburn.
YOU'D ASK FOR HELP ON A SCIENCE LAB: If I wanted to get an A, probably Joe Mauer, because he seems smart -- although it would be too bad that Craig Breslow's still not around. If I just wanted to blow stuff up, probably Red.
LIKE TO START A BUSINESS WITH: Joe Nathan, because you know he'd worry about everything.
EXPECTATIONS OF TARGET FIELD: I think it'll be great, and I'm looking forward to checking it out.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE TEAM NEXT YEAR: World Series Champions, baby!
A big thanks to K-Bro for all her help! I've always loved reading her blog since way before I started writing mine, so it's great to have her lend a hand! If you haven't checked out her site before, make sure to add it to your list of visits!
FYI, next week I believe Friday is not the day to publish a blog article. Most people have Thursday and Friday off from work. So instead, I'm going to treat Wednesday as the normal "Friday", and I'll be publishing my new "Get to Know 'Em", this time from Erin at Plunking Gomez, so be sure to stop by!