December 2012

Redbirds #Twinterview Transcript With Joe Kelly

In cased you missed our #twinterview with Cardinals pitcher and former Redbird Joe Kelly, below is the transcript from yesterday’s conversation.

@memphisredbirds: Ok @Joe_Kelly_Jr are you ready to get this #Twinterview started?
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I am ready whenever you guys are! #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: Where do you live in the offseason and where do you call home? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I live in Anaheim ca and call it home #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: How will you be spending the Christmas holidays?#Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I will be driving all around Southern California to all my relatives houses and my gf house #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: What was the first thing you did when you got home following the season? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I went apartment searching and spent time with some family and my dogs #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: What are your offseason activities in California to relax? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I love to play golf. I am actually playing as we do this #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: So how good at golf are you? Do you know your handicap? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I am decent and a 14 handicap #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: PS3 or Xbox360? Which @Cardinals player is best at Call of Duty? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I am a xbox360 guy and I have played some guys but I think I’m the best lol #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: If you end up in the #Cardinals bullpen this year, will you grow a beard? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: my playoff beard wasn’t very good so most likely no beard haha #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: Who was the first person you called last year when you were called up to St. Louis? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: that was one of the best days of my life and my father was the first person I called #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: Awesome. Can you describe your MLB debut starting against Cleveland in June last season?
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I was really calm in the clubhouse and through the first inning. The second inning I realized where I was and got
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: really nervous and had to settle them down. I was really excited and had blast #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: And two starts later, how did it feel to pitch a quality start for your first victory at Kansas City?
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: that was incredible and after that game the team bathed me in ice cold water #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: Have you talked to Blaise Ilsley since he was named the Cardinals’ new bullpen coach for next season? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I haven’t had the chance to but glad he got that job #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: What do you think your chances are of getting into the starting rotation this coming up season? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I don’t know them but I will be ready to go and do whatever is asked if me #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: Who was your favorite player growing up? Any sports. #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: ken Griffey jr!!!! #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: What is your favorite TV show on right now and why? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: dexter just ended so I will have to go with the walking dead. I just love zombie stuff I guess #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: One final question: 64 days til Spring Training… are you ready? #Twinterview
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: I am always ready #Twinterview

@memphisredbirds: That’s it from us here in Memphis! Thanks to @Joe_Kelly_Jr for participating in today’s #Twinterview! Good luck next season, Joe!
@Joe_Kelly_Jr: thank you guys was fun #Twinterview

Redbirds To Hold #Twinterview With Pitcher Joe Kelly Thursday


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Redbirds will hold an interview via Twitter (Twinterview) with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and former Redbird Joe Kelly at 4:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 20.

Fans are required to follow the Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) and Kelly (@Joe_Kelly_Jr) on Twitter in order to view the conversation. Topics such as the offseason, 2012 MLB playoffs, coach movement, the farm system, and general baseball topics will be discussed during this time.

In order to follow along and participate live on Twitter, fans are asked to submit their questions for Kelly by tweeting to @memphisredbirds with the hashtag #twinterview.

Kelly posted a PCL-leading 2.86 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 12 starts for the Redbirds last season before having his contract purchased in June and finishing the season in St. Louis. Initially filling in for the injured Jaime Garcia in the St. Louis rotation before later transitioning to the bullpen, the right-hander tied for 5th among National League rookies with 107 innings pitched and was 9th with 75 strikeouts. His 3.53 ERA also ranked 2nd among NL rookies with 100 innings pitched or more. Kelly was drafted by St. Louis in the third round of the 2009 draft out of the University of California at Riverside.

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Former Redbirds Matt Adams And Jermaine Curtis Named Cardinals Organization All-Stars

Matt Adams hit .329 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 67 games for the Redbirds.

Former Redbirds first baseman Matt Adams and third baseman Jermaine Curtis were nominated by for having outstanding seasons within the Cardinals minor league organization in 2012.

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