As the Media Relations Manager, I realized that this blog is in serious need of some attention and what better day to start back up then when something good happened?! So today we held our very first interview via Twitter aka a Twinterview. Let me tell you right now, you can definitely expect more of these to come- everything went really well. Daniel Descalso was the perfect player to help us test this concept out. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay is next on our list, his Twinterview is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. CST.
If you missed our Twinterview with Daniel Descalso, you’re in luck. I kept tabs on every question and answer exchanged and here’s what we came up with:
@memphisredbirds: Let’s get this twinterview started! In 140 characters describe your World Series experience. #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso : It was a dream come true. I can remember being a little kid hoping to be a big leaguer and to win a WS is amazing.
@memphisredbirds: When did it finally hit you that you were a major leaguer? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: It sunk in when I got my first hit. A double in Pittsburgh.
@memphisredbirds: What are you looking forward to in the 2012 season? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I’m excited to play for Mike Matheny and to get Wainwright back. I smell a repeat.
@memphisredbirds: What made you want to become a baseball player? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: That is all I ever wanted to be. From the moment my dad put a whifflebat in my hands I knew I want to be a baseball player.
@memphisredbirds: What were your parting words for Manager Tony La Russa? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I thanked him for the opportunity he gave me and I wished him luck in the future. I was lucky to play for him.
@memphisredbirds: What are your thoughts on Mike Matheny taking over for La Russa? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Great player. Great leader. Even better guy. Tough to follow TLR but I’m exited about what he brings to the table.
@memphisredbirds: Which players do you think fans should keep their eye out for in the #StLCards farm system? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: There are lots of good players in the system. 1B Matt Adams and SS Ryan Jackson are just a couple.
@memphisredbirds: Which #StLCards player have you learned the most from? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I’ve tried to learn from them all. With the veterans we have it’s hard to point out just one cuz I’ve learned from them all
@memphisredbirds: Alright, we have to ask…what do you miss most about Memphis? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Rendezvous and the Kooky Canuck. Two of my favorite spots. And all the great people of course.
@memphisredbirds: Memphis misses you too! So do you know who tweets for @TortyCraig? Is it Wainwright? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: No comment haha. I will say that it’s not Wainwright or any other member of the team.
@memphisredbirds: Haha, fair enough! Here’s a tough one: @BuschSquirrel or @TortyCraig? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Definitely Torty. He was with us the whole year (we kept him quiet) and the squirrel only showed up in the playoffs
@memphisredbirds: Nice! What’s one thing you learned in the minors that has helped you the most in the majors? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: You gotta ride the wave. There are lots of ups and downs in baseball but you cant get too high or too low.
@memphisredbirds: Who is your favorite athlete and why? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I’m a huge 49ers fan and I always loved watching Steve Young play quarterback. Great competitor.
@memphisredbirds: What activities keep you busy in the off-season? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Right now it’s getting a coffee and walking around in the Marina in San Francisco. I’m simple haha
@memphisredbirds: Sounds like a very relaxing off-season for you! Who have people said you look like? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I did have one fan tell me I looked like a cross between Matt Morris and John Mabry. Haha I dunno.
@memphisredbirds: Hmm…there’s somewhat of a resemblance…If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Great question…I like to cook so maybe an executive chef or own my own restaurant.
@memphisredbirds: What is your favorite thing about being a part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: The tradition. It’s an honor to wear the same jersey that so many legends have worn over the years.
@memphisredbirds: Good choice, very true. Tell us one thing about you that the fans don’t already know. #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Hmmm…my last name literally means “no shoes” in Italian and Spanish.
@memphisredbirds: Haha, that is pretty awesome. What are your words to live by? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: Only worry about the things that you can control and forget the rest. That’s my motto.
@memphisredbirds: As of right now, who do you think will be the #StLCards biggest competition next year? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: The NL Central will be tough again. The Reds and Brewers are going to be good. We can’t underestimate anybody though.
@memphisredbirds: What are your expectations for the Cardinals next season? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I think the sky is the limit. We have a great team coming back and after winning this year we are all hungry for a repeat.
@memphisredbirds: You made it to the majors and was a part of the 2011 WS team, what’s your ultimate goal now as a player? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: The goal is to play as long as I can and win a lot of World Series’. The first one was great but I want more.
@memphisredbirds: How do you prepare for the next season? What does your off-season workout include? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: I do my strength and conditioning with a trainer in the Bay Area. I also hit and throw with other local baseball players.
@memphisredbirds: One last question to wrap this up! How many ways can a batter reach first base? #Twinterview
@DanielDescalso: 7…Hit, Error, Walk, Hit by pitch, Dropped 3rd strike, Catcher’s interference, and Fielder’s Choice. Nailed it haha.
@memphisredbirds: Nicely done! That’s all from us in Memphis. Thanks for participating in our 1st #Twinterview! Good luck with everything, we’ll be rooting for ya!
@DanielDescalso: Anytime…Go Cardinals and Go Redbirds!! #Twinterview