Introduction to 2017 interview series: Once again this season Cheryl and I took advantage of Media Day access to get some player interviews. I’ll be releasing them one at a time over the coming days or weeks. I’ll include some background information about why I asked the questions that I asked–we do this for fun and I do it because I’m genuinely interested in the players and their careers. Yes, I’m a goofball and no, I’m not interested in doing this as a career or anything of that nature (good thing, right?).
In all of the interviews, I attempt to ask questions that every other media outlet didn’t ask. It’s because I’m really interested in the answers–I could just read others stuff if I was just going to ask the same thing. Sometimes I’ll ask obvious stuff but try to spin it a different way.
Special thanks to IronPigs media assistant Eric Hall for facilitating some of the interviews, as well as Matt Provence and Jon Schaeffer as usual.
Thanks to the players for their time and their courtesy–not that it would be terribly smart to do anything rude while a camera is rolling, but they were all friendly and good-natured, even before and after the camera was on, putting up with my fake media questions.
Finally, of course, it should be noted that these interviews could never happen without Cheryl Pursell. Not just because she’s the one holding the camera or the one with the ability to edit and upload–all very important factors–but because she knows the players as well or better than anyone out there and helped me get the questions down and the interviews going.
RHP Ben Lively
All he does is win.
Well, now at least. Last season he led all organization pitchers with 18 wins and I wanted to get a feel for how he views that–either individually, or team-wise. I didn’t have a ton of questions prepared, but since we both had hair and makeup done, we thought it would make a good, quick, interview. I’m kidding, of course.
I should have had more hunting questions ready….
He’s headed to the Phillies tonight, of course, as RHP Pat Neshek, a reliever, goes on paternity leave. Will Ben be used as a reliever? Will he be used at all? Will he be back in time to start tomorrow’s 10:35AM game? Probably not, on the latter.
See you at the park,