August 2010

Congrats Brandon Dickson!


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Brandon Dickson was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week. Dickson was given the honor for the week ending August 29th and compiled a 2-0 record, 2.40 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Earlier in the year, he was named to the PCL All-Star Team. Dickson is the third Redbird to receive Pitcher of theWeek, joining Fernando Salas (week ending July 11) and P.J. Walters (week ending May 16).

Player Spotlight: Third Baseman, Ruben Gotay


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Ruben Gotay was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 2000 amateur draft out of Indian Hills Community College-Centerville. He spent five and a half season in their farm system before being traded to the New York Mets July 19, 2006.

After a month of playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2007, Gotay was called up to the big leagues where he spent the rest of the season predominantly as a second baseman. He played in 98 games with a .295 average (56Hx190AB), 25 runs, 24 RBI, 16 walks and 42 strikeouts.

He was then selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves March 28, 2008, spending all year in the majors. Making only a three day trip to the triple-A Richmond Braves before being sent back to Atlanta.

Last year, Gotay spent the whole season with the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks triple-A affiliate. He hit .272 with 11 home runs with a .429 OBP, compiling more walks (102) than hits (101).

This year he joins the Memphis Redbirds for the first time in his career. Gotay leads the ‘Birds in games (128), walks (88) and strikeouts (107). He has been relied upon as a third baseman while with Memphis, tying Donovan Solano with most errors on the team at 18.

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Full Name: Ruben Bruce Gotay

Nicknames: GoGo

Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Favorite baseball player of all time: Roberto Alomar

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What is your best moment on the diamond? When I got my first base-hit in the big leagues.

What team did you watch growing up?Atlanta Braves and New York Mets

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Physical Education teacher

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? With kids, on the beach, just hanging out.

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Favorite food: Lasagna

Favorite movie: Major League

I’m afraid of…nothing.

Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Song that gets you pumped up: “Yeah” by Usher

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: I was playing second base and there was a pop up and I lost it. It ended up landing right behind my head, I almost got hit!

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Favorite play in a baseball game: I have two, a walk-off home run and an ending inning double play.

Who is your greatest influence? My dad

What is your favorite off-day activity? Doing nothing

Do you have any autographs? Yes, one of the ones that I really appreciate is Derek Jeter’s. I got it when I played against the Yankees.

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What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? Being away from your family and not being able to spend time with them.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? Mud Island

Any broken bone stories? It wasn’t a broken bone, but it was close…I was playing during spring training in 2008 and I ended up with a really bad sprained ankle.

If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the Year

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Coming to the field and showing the fans what we can do.

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Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum BOTH!

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

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Another Player Spotlight in the books, that’s all for Ruben Gotay!
Jordan. Out.

Player Spotlight: Relief Pitcher, Josh Kinney


Josh Kinney has had a great season as a Memphis Redbird this year. With 10 saves, three wins and four losses on the season, Kinney has been one of our most relied upon relievers appearing in 48 games.

He was the first Cardinals farmhand from the Springfield (MO) Double-A affiliate to reach the Major Leagues. While with St. Louis in 2006, Kinney played in 21 games giving up nine runs on 17 hits with eight walks and 22 strikeouts. His ERA was 3.24 in 25.0 innings pitched. He also made two appearances in the playoffs that year.

After his spectacular season with the Cards, Kinney missed all of 2007 to undergo “Tommy John” surgery on his right elbow then fractured his arm during rehabilitation.

Making a comeback in 2008, he rehabbed with Double-A Springfield in late September and made his way back to the St. Louis roster where he closed out the season. He began 2009 with the Cardinals before being optioned down to the Memphis Redbirds where he spent most of the year. Kinney still appeared in 17 games as a Cardinal, being recalled twice.

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Full Name: Joshua Thomas Kinney

Nicknames: My buddies back home call me ‘the Movie Star’

Hometown: Port Allegany, PA

Favorite baseball player of all time: I don’t really have one…I always liked Bob Gibson, I thought what he did was awesome so if I was going to pick one it would probably be him.

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What is your best moment on the diamond? Winning the World Series in 2006

What team did you watch growing up? The St. Louis Cardinals

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? I’d probably be doing something involved in the outdoors. I spend a lot of time hunting and fishing and I like to get into outdoors television of some sort.

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Knock on wood, I haven’t really had any yet but…to be continued.

Favorite play in a baseball game: In 2006, it was game two of the National League Championship Series against the Mets in the eighth inning, tie game. I think I had bases loaded with one out facing (Carlos) Beltran who’s a Cardinal Killer. I got him to hit into a double play to end the inning, we went onto win and I got the win.

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Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball? I always like the ‘jump out of a locker at somebody.’ You hide in someone’s locker and scare them- we just did it the other day here for the first time to Lance Lynn. The funny part about it is he’s the only person I’ve ever seen not really jump.

What is your favorite off-day activity? My wife and I own a farm back in Springfield, MO and on off-days I usually go home and work on the farm. Just spend time with my wife outside.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? Being away. No matter where you’re at, in the minor leagues or major leagues, you’re still away from your family.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Hopefully I’ve got a whole house full of kids, doing something else I love to do, and my family is healthy and I just hope I have a really big family.

If you were on a reality TV show, which one would it be and why? Oh, that’s a no-brainer. I’d go on the Drury Outdoors: Dream Season.

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As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A baseball player and maybe a professional hunter.

Favorite food: Steak. Deer steak. Deer, Elk or even Moose. Bear is pretty good too.

Favorite movie: Jeremiah Johnson

Song that gets you pumped up: “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Newest Hobby: I’m always outside- I don’t feel right sitting inside watching television but during baseball season there’s only so much you can do! So, I started watching TV shows. My roommate (Matt Scherer) keeps me updated on all the drama and we stay up and have ice cream and watching television.

two-amazed-boys-watching-tv.jpgI’m afraid of…Snakes…and spiders aren’t really a friend of mine either.

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know: I can whistle like any bird and I’m as normal as you can get.

Who is your greatest influence? My dad

Do you have any autographs? Not really, I’ve gotten a few but I give them away to family and friends. I like to give that kind of gift away.

What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The food. They have really good food here.

Any broken bone stories? Yea, I broke my elbow pitching. It was after I had Tommy John surgery and I was rehabbing from that. I made a throw and I cracked my funny bone- it sounded like a carrot snapping in half. Now I have an inch screw holding my bone on, they screwed it back onto my arm and…I’m actually lucky to even be playing again.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Boring and simple.

Three things you can’t live without: Air, food and water.

 

Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables (He chose steak)

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum (Neither)

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Know it all or have it all

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

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That’s all for Josh Kinney!

Jordan. Out. :)

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!


Hey everyone!  Dave here.  Tomorrow begins the last home stand of the season, but it doesn’t have to be!  We are currently 3.5 games back of the Iowa Cubs for first place and a playoff appearance.

So how can you help?  By showing up and cheering on your Redbirds!  We have Tyler Greene and Nick Stavinoha back from St. Louis to help the ‘Birds try and repeat as Pacific Coast League Champions.

Plus not to mention we have some pretty sweet promotions lined up.  There’s superhero night  (which the players have gotten involved in), singles night and a fireworks show just to name a few. 

So come on out to AutoZone Park.  Remember, the final regular season home stand begins tomorrow!  See y’all there!

Player Spotlight: Relief Pitcher and Mr. Funny Man, Andrew Brown


A little background information on Andrew Brown before the interview portion begins. This year, he joins the Memphis Redbirds in his 12th season of baseball. Brown was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He’s pitched for not only the Braves organization but also for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sand Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals organizations.

He made his first big league appearance August 13th, 2006 with the Cleveland Indians. Brown pitched nine games with the Indians that season, finishing with a 3.60 ERA allowing four runs on six hits in 10 innings of work.

He was traded to the Oakland Athletics the next season and eventually made his way back to the majors appearing in 33 games tacking on his first big league win August 1st against the Detroit Tigers. He also pitched in 33 games for the A’s during the 2008 season. His major league totals are as follows: 73 games, four wins, 86.2 innings pitched, 38 runs on 67 hits with 46 walks and 78 strikeouts for a 3.84 ERA.

Enough with all the statistics and baseball talk…I think it’s time for you to get to know a little bit more about the relief pitcher who sports the number 51 for your Memphis Redbirds.

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Full Name: Andrew Aaron Brown

Nicknames: Brownie and in high school, Doodoo Brown

Hometown:Orange City, FL

Favorite baseball player of all time: The guys on the team would say Stephen Strasburg but I’d have to say I was a big Wade Boggs fan growing up.

 

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What team did you watch growing up? The Boston Red Sox

If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? I’d probably be a pastor…or doing plus size modeling as a pastor.

Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Long story short, I was trying to play a joke on a guy and throw a baseball into the stands to kind of scare him by having it hit the seats close to him. It was a guy I used to play with but unfortunately it smoked him right in the neck from about 120 ft. away…it was pretty embarrassing.

Favorite play in a baseball game: 1. When we win and number 2. A triple play because you get three outs in one pitch- it’s a lot of fun.

What is your best moment on the diamond? First win ever was pretty

cool, that was against the Detroit Tigers…I also struck out A-Rod once.

arod.jpgWhat is your favorite off-day activity? Hanging out with the family. Hanging out with the little one and the wife doing something fun.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The mental grind, especially as a reliever because you could pitch any day. Just having to go out and be successful and dealing with not being successful because in your own mind you’re supposed to do well every time so if it doesn’t go well it’s hard to get over and if you do well, it’s not really satisfying because you were expected to do well.

What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Having Chris Conroy every day…he’s got such soft hands it’s unbelievable.
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If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the Year

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Hopefully with a house full of kids and just spending a lot of time with my family and doing my best to raise them right.

If you were on a reality TV show, which one would it be and why? Either the Biggest Loser or Celebrity Fit Club

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a Fighter Pilot for the Air Force. I’m kind of infatuated with planes, used to have simulators for my computer and stuff like that but I think at some point I grew too large to fit in the cockpit. (He’s 6’6)

Favorite food: Sushi, Jeremy Piven and I have mercury poison from all the sushi we eat.

Favorite movie: Now this is pre Mel Gibson crazy stage. I’m a pretty big Braveheart fan, Gladiator…and to show a little of my sensitive side I enjoy City of Angles.
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Song that gets you pumped up: “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve

Favorite TV Show: Currently, my favorite show is anything that has to do with the NFL. Anything on the NFL channel or ESPN (pronounced as a word, not as individual letters)

I’m afraid…that I won’t represent Jesus Christ the way I should.

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know: I was home schooled from the fourth grade on. And I took my sister to prom…too much? That was a joke people.

Who is your greatest influence? My parents.

Do you have any autographs? I’ve been in pro ball for twelve years and I’ve only asked for three people’s autographs. I’ve asked for Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza and Stephen Strasburg’s. I’ve caught a lot of flack for the Stasburg one since he is younger than me, but he’s a good dude and he’s going to be pretty good some day.

Newest Hobby: Cycling and I’m pretty excited about my new bib shorts.

(These are the bib shorts he is referring to and no, this is not actually Andrew Brown)

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What do you like best about the city of Memphis? I like the weather, people seem nice and the food it good.

Any broken bone stories? Just a broken heart (that part he sang)…no but seriously, no broken bones. I did break some teeth in high school on a bad hop on a ground ball and I had braces at the time. The teeth broke, stuck to the braces and my lip was embedded in the braces. But we won the game, so it was all good.

Describe yourself in five words or less: Chill, goofy, responsible, shnuggly (that’s for you honey!) and Christian.

Three things you can’t live without: My family, my Bible and my laptop

Lightning Round Responses

Dogs or Cats

Summer or Winter

Fruits or Vegetables

Movies or Books

Offense or Defense

Ketchup or Mustard

Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum

Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds

Know it all or have it all

Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry

Hit a grand slam or turn a triple play to win a game…(“just like Craig. Allen Craig, he’s the best!” Brown said.)
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That’s a wrap on Andrew Brown.

Jordan. Out.

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