Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Owner Q & A - yanks21

Tito McQueen - Cobb Times Herald

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing legendary Cobb owner yanks21, a five time World Champion in Cobb with his Omaha Sluggers franchise.  His teams are great, but can he interview?  Read on and find out!

Having won 5 World Series titles in Cobb, and 14 overall in HBD, do you ever wake up in the morning wondering how you got to be so dominant?
--Every morning I wake up look in the morning and view greatness. In all seriousness, I've figured out a pretty good system and been pretty lucky. Thats always a good combination for success.

Does HBD dominance translate into money, fast cars, and nice houses?
--Oh yeah, I've got a butler and maid for my 1 bedroom high rise in Arlington, VA. Pimped out my Honda CRV, and make it rain at all the strip clubs. Now if you only asked me about loose women.

Other than Jose Barrios, who is your favorite player in the history of the Omaha Sluggers?
--It has to be Kaz Ong. Without him leading the staff the sluggers never see that run of success.

How many statues outside of Rosenblatt Stadium is Barrios going to get after his retirement, and will they be as big as George Steinbrenners?
--Not sure as to the #, but it will definitely exceed Steinbrenners, just not the one I am working on erecting of myself shortly.

So in real life, are you a Mets fan?

What was the best trade you have ever made in Cobb?

--Has to be for either Barrios or Ong. Probably a tie between those two. There is no way the sluggers win 5 series in 7 seasons without those two.

What was the worst trade you have ever made in Cobb?
--Probably dealing Pat Barber, a hall famer, for a A.J. Buck.

Which musical artist would you most like to pursue the nuclear option on, and which band would play your theme music?
--I know nothing of a nuclear option, but O.A.R. is the Sluggers band.

Should Sean Hill be in the Hall of Fame?
--It would be hard to justify that he is a hall of famer. I would have a hard time voting in any pitcher especially a reliever with a career WHIP of 1.43 and ERA over 4.

Cops or Cheaters - which television show would you like to appear on most and why?
--Cops, sounds safer.

Star Wars - Awesome or overrated?
--First three were awesome, last three were pretty weak.

Which players (pitcher and position) on another team in Cobb do you covet the most?
--Always wanted Dean Hernandez and came close to landing him when he was up for trade. But now, it would have to be Howard Hall of Montgomery. Always prefer pitching.

After ten straight seasons of untouchable awesomeness, how did it feel to be looking at another team on top of the NL West?
--A little weird but I knew it was coming, hard to stay on top long with the budget restrictions and drafting low in the first round year after year.

How is the rebuild going, are we looking at a near return of the Omaha dynasty?
--It's going to take a little while, have some nice young position players in Brutus Myers, Eddie Bird and the now injured Vic Sosa, but short on starting pitching beyond Albie Lopez. I'll need to land a couple of internationals hopefully.

Which young player on your team do you hope retires in a Slugger uniform, if any?

--Not particularly attached to any youngster on my team right now. Just want to ensure that Barrios retires in a slugger uniform.

Jose Barrios
Age: 39B/T: L/L
Born: Darillo, NI
Position(s): LF/1B/RF/DH
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Do you think there will ever be another player in Cobb that will come close to challenging Barrios' numerous records?
--Hard to see someone matching 800 hrs, 3000 hits, 2000 RBIs, 2000 runs.

Money not being an issue, what car would you like to drive to work every day?
--Never been a car guy, but I've always like BMW's. Preferrably something in the 5 or 7 series.

Who is your favorite MLB player of all time?
--Paul O'neill. Always been a huge fan of how he played the game.

How nice is the press buffet at Rosenblatt Stadium? Do you provide Omaha Steak Co. products?
--Oh yeah, they have their own restaurant in the stadium, How do you think the Yankees got the idea for NYY Steak?

What is your favorite viral video? If you have one please provide a link!
--How do you think I discovered Justin Bieber?

Who would you consider to be your biggest rival in Cobb World, or are you simply without equal?
--Not sure I have a rival, but I thoroughly enjoyed beating pieo in 3 world series.

Thanks again to yanks21 for taking the time to answer the Cobb Times Herald's questions!

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