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
Good news is, it’s been almost a month and Descalso was reactivated from the DL July 27th going 3-for-9 with one run scored since being back and has extended his hit streak to five games, including three games from before his DL stint. Looks like he’s back and better than ever!
Here is an article about Descalso from earlier this year:
Redbirds’ Daniel Descalso wants clutch situations and a video of him from when he first arrived in Memphis: Daniel Descalso interview with StLtoday
…and a little more about number 13 that most of you probably didn’t know, enjoy!
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Full Name: Daniel William Descalso
Nicknames: DD, Dirty D, ‘Scals
Hometown:San Carlos, CA
Favorite baseball player of all time: Carney Lansford
What is your best moment on the diamond? Being a part of the gold medal winning team USA last year in the Baseball World Cup.
What team did you watch growing up? I was a big Oakland A’s fan
If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Probably something business related, running my own company.
Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Sitting in my backyard by my pool.
Favorite food: My Grandma’s homemade ravioli
Newest Hobby: FIFA World Cup Soccer
Favorite movie: Rudy
I’m afraid of… heights.
Favorite TV Show: “24”
Song that gets you pumped up: “Automatic” by E-40
Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Forgetting the number of outs one time in college and running and getting double up.
Favorite play in a baseball game: Anytime you can make a diving play and take a hit from someone is pretty fun.
Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know…I have five younger brothers and sisters and my last name in Spanish is ‘barefoot’.
If you were on a reality TV show which one would it be? The Real World
Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball: In 2008, a teammate and I took another guy’s keys to his car, filled his AC vents
with baby powder and turned his air conditioning on high so when he got in and turned on his car after the game he got sprayed with baby powder all in the
Who is your greatest influence? My dad, growing up he was always around coaching me in baseball and always being a good role model for me.
What is your favorite off-day activity? Nice BBQ, hang out by the pool, etc.
Describe yourself in five words or less: Hard-working, all around good guy.
Do you have any autographs? I have a Derek Jeter one and my favorite one is my Joe DiMaggio autograph picture
What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind, the long season, the 140 games and the travel, it all adds up.
What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The history
Any broken bone stories? I have a broken collar bone right now…it was a play over second base, me and Tyler Greene were both going after it. I dove and he slid, his knee hit me in the shoulder and I broke my collar bone.
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 Rookie of the Year because he’s the only one that actually plays.
Three things you can’t live without: My computer, my ipod and my family.
What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Playing at AutoZonePark..
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
Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry
That about wraps it up!
Saturday, July 4, 6:35 PM – Memphis
Redbirds (37-43) vs. Round Rock Express (37-44)
- Tonight’s line-up is as follows:
1. Jon Jay – LF
2. Daniel Descalso – 2B
3. Nick Stavinoha – 1B
4. Brett Wallace – 3B
5. Brian Barden – RF
6. Donovan Solano – SS
7. Matt Pagnozzi – C
8. Shane Robinson – CF
9. Adam Ottavino – P
- With Jarrett Hoffpauir in St. Louis (see below), 2B Daniel Descalso was moved up from Springfield today and will make his Triple-A debut tonight. Descalso was hitting .323 (93×288) for the S-Cards.
- Fireworks will foloow tonight’s game, which bodes well for the Redbirds, who are 4-0 before fireworks.
- Brett Wallace starts anew after posting an impressive 15-game hit streak from June 15 to July 1. Wallace had a hit Friday and looks to for it to be the start of a new string of hits.
- Jarrett Hoffpauir made his major league debut Friday night a memorable one, coming in as a pinch hitter in the ninth to hit a two-run single that gave the Cards the lead over Cincinnati.
- Adam Ottavino looks for the first Triple-A win of his career tonight. Ottavino is 0-9 with a 5.30 ERA in 2009.
- Among other new additions to the Redbirds squad is infielder Mark Hamilton, who joined the club on June 27 from Springfield. In his three games as a starter for Memphis, Hamilton is hitting .455 (5×11).
- St. Louis Cardinals right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse will make a rehab start in Memphis on Tuesday, July 7th’s Round Rock series finale. Lohse made a start in Springfield on Thursday, allowing two runs on three hits over 4.2 innings.