MLB Reports Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow Interviews The Twins’ Brian Dozier
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Haley Smilow is a lucky baseball fan/writer/reporter. Recently last summer, she was able to interview Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.
Interviewing MLB Athletes is nothing new for our Junior Reporter. Over the last few years, Haley has interviewed Curtis Granderson, A.J. Pierzynski, Cody Ross, Barry Enright, Justin Turner, Casey Janssen and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.
The MLB Reports is very happy with the hard work and dedication Haley puts forth for her interviews. She has a great future in the business!
The MLB’ers like Haley because she doesn’t ask the typical cookie cutter questions. She asks them to delve into their own personal lives, and for this, she is able to crack up these guys from their usual monotonous answers.
Let’s see if the Mississippi native Brian Dozier can handle questions on the Hot Seat from Kid Reporter Haley Smilow!
HALEY: Do you have a favorite ballpark other then Target Field and why? And is there a ballpark where you fell you always play well in?
BRIAN: I feel that Target Field is on of the nicest in the Major Leagues but I love going to Milwaukee, Milwaukee is a fun ballpark and the atmosphere is always good and us as hitters we really like short fields the ball really flies, a lot of people like playing in Milwaukee.
HALEY: Players, past or present you would pay to watch play?
BRIAN: Derek Jeter would be #1 he’s always been my kind of role model growing up from when I was your age to growing up now. He’s kind of a guy that I have always looked too and wanted to be like and mold myself as a player and person to be around. I would pay anything to watch him and I am just fortunate to share the same field as him.
HALEY: If you could go back in time who would you play baseball with?
BRIAN: There are a lot of them, and I think one of the biggest guys is Babe Ruth. Just because every always knows who Babe Ruth is, the greatest power hitter of all time. It is kind of intriguing to me what he did in order to be so good and stuff he’s really laid back and just very unique.
HALEY: If you could change one thing about baseball what would it be?
BRIAN: It is safe to say I love everything about the game of baseball, but I am not sure if I know one exact thing to change about it, I know the season is very very long, but at the same time your playing baseball so I don’t know if I would change that amount of games or not because you get to play baseball a long time.
HALEY: What part of your game can you improve on?
BRIAN: Well I know I can speak for a lot of my other teammates that we got to keep getting better at this game you can’t be content with anything. I think I need to work on stealing bases more, especially hitting at the top of the line up that’s one thing that I have upon myself in the off-season and spring training to try and get better stealing bases.
HALEY: Who would be on your All Star Team?
BRIAN: We have an All Star on our team that has made it for many consecutive years during his 11-year career named Joe Mauer. He is one of the best in the game in my opinion and he show year in year out why he is one of the best in the game.
HALEY: Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
BRIAN: I have one that started when I was like 13 or 14 year old. I always play with something on my left wrist, a kind of sweatband or some sort it just feels comfortable to me. But I have been around the game long enough now that I have seen some crazy superstitions stuff that would blow your mind but baseball is a game of that a lot of guys have superstitions, but me that’s my only one.
HALEY: What’s your first minor league memory?
BRIAN: First minor league I played in Elizabethton TN under some really good coaches and playing in that type of atmosphere coming from college going to a rookie ball team was really really different for me and learning the Twins system.
HALEY: What’s your favorite major league memory?
BRIAN: When I got my first major league hit, I got called up as a rookie for my first game against the Angels and at my third at bat I got a hit and was greeted at first base by Albert Pujols. That is a memory I will never forget.
HALEY: What do you look forward to at the beginning of the season?
BRIAN: Opening day is very special for all of us. I think this year is more important then ever especially coming off a good year after 2 or 3 bad years in a row for the Twins. Opening day is pretty special for all of us and the excitement of baseball in Minnesota and just the celebration after being in Florida for six or seven weeks.
HALEY: What do you like to do when you are not playing baseball?
BRIAN: Hunt, I hunt ducks and deer. I am a big avid hunter and that is kind of what consist of my off- season along with getting my workouts in and doing as much hunting as possible that’s my favorite hobby.
HALEY: What was your strongest subject in school and how does it help you in baseball?
BRIAN: My strongest subject was math, I have always loved math. As fare as it helps me in baseball, baseball is a numbers game and statistical. The only one that would help me in baseball is the P.E subject.
HALEY: As a kid what team did you dream of playing for?
BRIAN: I grew up an Atlanta Braves fan. I lived a few hours outside of Atlanta and been to a numerous amount of games at Turner Field and went to the World Series in 95. If you are a baseball player from the south everybody reaches to the Braves. I remember when they played the Twins for the World Series and that was the team I always wanted to play for.
HALEY: What was your reaction seeing yourself on a baseball card for the first time?
BRIAN: I collected baseball cards when I was your age and younger. You know some of the all time greats in the game and it is pretty cool to see your self on card and now a days they make so many of them but it is pretty special. I don’t really collect them anymore but its pretty cool seeing yourself.
HALEY: What super hero would make the best baseball player in your opinion and why?
BRIAN: Well I think Batman would probably be the best one if he could use all of his tools that he carries along with him and stuff. If he was a pitcher he could ride out in the bat mobile to the pitchers mound.
HALEY: What is your favorite thing to cook?
BRIAN: Well I am not a big cook I like to grill. I grill steaks or any kind of thing but as far as in the kitchen I leave that to my wife she is a really good cook.
HALEY: One thing your fans don’t know about you?
BRIAN: If I tell them now then they will know. I don’t know of one specific that they don’t know about me but I can’t give you all my secrets. I don’t know I can’t think of one.
HALEY: Do you have any hidden talents?
BRIAN: You know what I play the piano and guitar. I was in a band in college my senior year and we would travel in the city of Hattiesburg and play in a few spots. It was kind of a hobby of ours we got a band together. I have been playing guitar and piano for about 10 years or so. The piano is kind of my baby I love playing a lot.
(I think Haley got Brian here just by asking the question differently. Good reporting job!)
HALEY: Best advice anyone ever gave you?
BRIAN: From my dad when I was younger then you, he is real big on playing the game the right way you see that sometime now a days that people get away from that. You know hustling balls out and doing the little things and playing hard and stuff. He once told me respect the game and play the game the way it is supposed to be played. That’s kind of my motto I go about when I play.
HALEY: What advice would you give kids?
BRIAN: I think I would go along the same lines. Play the game if your going to be a baseball player, play the game the way it is supposed to be played respect the game. Especially coming from a small town, a guy kind of looking at myself of what I have been through to DREAM BIG. To tell kids like you to DREAM BIG and never let someone tell you can do something. You can achieve anything possible I promise you..
A big thank – you goes out to our ‘Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow – for conducting today’s interview
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