I got the chance to interview THE nicest player in Major League Baseball, Pat Neshek. For those who don't know, Pat Neshek is a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins who never hesitates to give a fan an autograph whether it be in-person or through the mail. Neshek runs a site, patneshek.com, in which he conducts contests for autographed and game used memorabilia, including his. Due to Neshek being a big collector of autographs himself, he likes to trade autographs and memorabilia with other members of his site, which has over 6,000 members.
Thought I was kidding about not being hesitant to sign?
In 2007, Neshek was regarded as one of the best relievers in baseball pitching over 70 innings and recording a 7-2 record with a 2.94 ERA. In 2008, Neshek suffered a torn UCL which caused him to have Tommy John surgery to repair the tear. Due to this, Neshek missed the entire 2009 season.
Pat agreed to answer a few questions for me
1. Who was your inspiration growing up?
Pat: "Tony Gwynn and Kirby Puckett"
2. Why do you play baseball?
Pat : "It's my favorite game"
3. How hard did you work for your goal of becoming a pro baseball player?
Pat: "Worked hard all my life"
4. What is your favorite movie?
5. Any advice to Little Leaguers out there on reaching the majors?
Pat: " Never forget what you want to do when you are older"
Guess you could this interview, short, and too the point. Pat has a busy schedule, so I am grateful he was able to respond to my questions for me. Thanks a lot to Pat for taking the time, and also being so great to his fans. He is a great example of how the professional athlete should treat his fans during his career.