On The Road With Pat Neshek: Player Q & A's

John Thomas
20 Questions With John Thomas
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?
Michael Jordan


2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?

      Never, I’m computer illiterate

3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?

    No, I wouldn’t know how to start doing it

4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?

      In person, without a doubt

5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?

No limit, I will sign as many as you need in person.


6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?

Salem Kaiser 1999 card, it was my first card and I was only 17

7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest

C, must be different cards, will sign one of every card no duplicates in mail

8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?

Yes, 6 someone sent every one of my cards.

9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week

2-3 letters a week

10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?

Know the player by their name and not by the number.

11.       What kind of career do you think you would have if you didn’t play baseball?

Probably be a basketball coach or an athletic director

12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League Park in the Minors you have played at?

Harrisburg, Lake Ellsinore

13.       What are your off-season plans?

Take a couple weeks off, start working out.

14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?
Raise minor league pay and up the per dium (meal money) on the road.

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?

B-Legit

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

Dennis Cook

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?

Nolan Ryan – Sandy Koufax

18.       Your most memorable moment in baseball?

Playing for Team USA in Venezuela 1999

19.       What was it like playing in San Jose? What spots did you hang out at?

Close to the Major League team – Sold out every night – San Jose Bar & Grill – Mission Ale House

20.       How did you feel when the Giants traded you?

Excited knowing that the Twins wanted me.

21.       I heard John is having a baby soon? Is it true and how does he feel about it?

Yeah it’s true! My wife Nicole & I are having a daughter. Her due date is January 1st. We are both very excited to start our lives together with our daughter Jordan.

22.         Any last words – Shout Outs?
Just saying what’s up to all the Michael Jordan fans out there and my good friend Erik Lohse of the Cincinnati Reds…Good talk, see ya out there! PS. Hi to my beautiful wife Nicole, I love you & I’ll be home soon.


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JT Flicking Seeds In The Bullpen!

Kevin Cameron
Questions With Bullpen Ace Kevin Cameron
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?
Babe Ruth

2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?

Yeah actually I have a couple times

3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?

Damn right I would

4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?
In-person

5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?

No, doesn’t matter

6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?

They all suck, the rock cats one from this year is ok

7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest
A

8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?

Yeah, 5

9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week

Not much, relief pitchers aren’t sought after much

10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?

Learn your name and stop calling by number or asking what my name is.

11.       What kind of career would you have if you didn’t play baseball?

Something in Business

12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League park you have played at?

Harrisburg, Clearwater

13.       What are your off-season plans?

Get a job and get married

14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?

Raise our salary above minimum wage

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?

Jack Johnson

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

I really don’t compare myself to anyone, cause I haven’t made it and those guys are already there.

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?

Nolan Ryan

18.       Your most memorable moment in baseball?

Winning the ACC championship

19.       What was it like coming back from shoulder surgery?

Extremely discouraging, you have to learn how to throw again. The only thing good that came out of it is the cutter I throw now!


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Kevin Sporting His Slick New Hairstyle!

Matt Moses
Questions With Matt Moses
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?
Barry Bonds
2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?
Yes
3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?
No
4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?
In-person
5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?
Yes 1 autograph, doesn’t matter

6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?
Topps Limited Edition all gold card I don’t know what it’s called. I signed 1 of them and have never seen another one like it

7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest
B, I don’t do mail

8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?
No, None

9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week
20-30 letters

10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?
Always be polite and never yell and scream the name of whoever you are asking because that makes it annoying to hear multiple people screaming your name over and over again. Ask yourself this, if you were in my shoes would you respect someone who gives you no respect.

11.       What kind of career would you have if you didn’t play baseball?
CIA, FBI type work – Police Sniper


12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League park in the Minors you have played at?
Portland, Dayton & Clearwater

13.       What are your off-season plans?
Arizona Fall League - Relax

14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?

Better Pay

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?
I don’t listen to much music

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

That’s a tough one, I don’t know. Scouts says Hank Blalock but I don’t know

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?

Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield

18.       Your most memorable moment in baseball?

Getting Drafted

19.       Any last words or shout outs.

Thank you the off-season is here!



Doug Deeds
Interview With DOUG DEEDS
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?

Ted Williams, I've always wanted a signed TW card!

2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?
No

3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?
If it came down to it

4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?

In-Person

5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?

No
6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?

E-Town 2002

7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest

C, Someone sending me 20 cards!, That will probably never happen..

8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?
Yes, 2 cards like a year ago

9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week

I only got 2 letters all year...Seriously

10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?

More polite and understanding of what we go through, we want to sign for everyone but sometimes we have to get ready for the game and don't have time.

11.       What kind of career would you have if you didn’t play baseball?
I would be a meteorologist or some kind of scientist


12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League park in the Minors you have played at?

Harrisburg, Altoona

13.       What are your off-season plans?

Go into debt, work out get better

14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?

Wages

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?

The Killers

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

Don’t Know

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?

Ted Williams

18.       Your most memorable moment in baseball?

Sectional final game in high school

19. Any shout outs or last words!

Big ups to Kyle Brown! That’s all I got



Jim Abbott
Questions With JIM ABBOTT
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?

Nolan Ryan
2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?

Yes, who hasn’t!
3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?

No
4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?

In-person
5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?

No limits but if you come up with a pile it would piss me off
6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?

Don’t Know
7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest
C
8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?

Sometimes, 5
9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week

2-3 letters
10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?

Get more guys before the game rather than stand outside the clubhouse during the game
11.       What kind of career would you have if you didn’t play baseball?

Got my own business teaching baseball so that’s what I would do
12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League park in the Minors you have played at?
Akron or Erie - Akron
13.       What are your off-season plans?

Teach and Hunt
14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?
Don’t know

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?

Toby Keith – Should’ve been a cowboy and I love this bar

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

That’s a tough question

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?
Nolan Ryan and Ken Griffey Jr.

18.       Your most memorable moment in baseball?

E-Town championship

19.       Do you ever get mistaken for the other Jim Abbott?

Yeah all the time, my first year I got nearly 100 letters in the mail. I signed a few of his cards and then kept the rest of the cards.

20. Any Shout Outs or Last Words?

Nope


Denard Span
Interview With DENARD SPAN
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?

Michael Jordan

2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?

Yeah a couple times

3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?

If it came to that point I would:)

4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?

In-Person

5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?

No, depends on time.

6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?

Last year with the swing (2004)


7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest

C, keep a couple also


8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?

Yeah, 6

9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week

10 a week

10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?

Know your name, I get confused with JR Taylor a lot!

11.       What kind of career would you have if you didn’t play baseball?

Don’t know right now, I’d probably be in school

12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League park in the Minors you have played at?

Harrisburg, Dayton

13.       What are your off-season plans?

Arizona Fall League, work out

14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?

Nothing

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?

Tony Yayo

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

Kenny Lofton

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?

Griffey


Kyle Phillips
Questions With KYLE PHILLIPS
1.       If you could have an autograph from anyone in the sports world past, present who would it be?
Michael Jordan

2.       Have you ever searched for your stuff on eBay?

Yes

3.       If your autograph was worth $50 on a baseball would you sell your own stuff on eBay?

No

4.       Would you rather sign auto’s through the mail or in person?

In-Person

5.       Do you have limits on how many cards you will sign at one time, what about if the cards are different?

5, yes if they are different

6.       What is your favorite baseball card of yourself?

E-Town top prospects card

7.       Someone sends you 20 cards in the mail to sign do you
(a) Sign them all
(b) None
(c)       Sign a couple and return the rest

C and keep the rest

8.       Do you sign through the mail? What is the most cards you have signed through the mail in one letter?

No, 1 or 2

9.       How much fan mail do you get in a week

None I got like 1 this whole entire year

10.       What is something autographers can do better or improve on?

Be ready with card out and have the pen cap off

11.       What kind of career would you have if you didn’t play baseball?

Coach

12.       Favorite Eastern League city? Favorite Minor League park in the Minors you have played at?
Binghamton, Dayton Ohio

13.       What are your off-season plans?

Chill and make money

14.       You are the minor league commissioner for a day, what’s one thing you would change?

The Fine Amount For On Field Behavior

15.       What’s playing in your iPod right now?

Nelly

16.       Who do you compare yourself to in the Majors, Past or Present?

My brother

17.       Who was your favorite player growing up?

Tony Gwynn cause he’s chubby like me and left handed

18.       Your most memorable moment in baseball?

Probably winning the E-Town championship

19.       What’s it like having a brother in the Majors

Awesome, I get a lot of perks like free equipment and stuff. He also has been through it all and tells me what to expect at the different levels.

20.       Any last shout outs or words

None