04/20/2004 7:22 PM ET
Blake chats with fans online
Indians third baseman Casey Blake participated in an online chat with fans before Tuesday night's game vs. Kansas City.
sitkosgirl1977: Hi Casey. You are doing a good job. Do you like hitting cleanup and do you feel more pressure in that spot?
Casey Blake: I don't mind hitting cleanup, and I don't feel any more pressure hitting there. Pitchers might pitch me differently, but that is going to help me be a better hitter.
Base_Ball: Is it true you learned to ride a unicycle in just a couple hours?
CB: I was 10 years old. It was more than a couple of hours, it was more like half a day.
bazookajoe: How old were you when you started playing?
CB: I had older brothers so it was when I was coordinated enough to catch and throw.
Base_Ball_2: What's the best way to pick off a runner on third?
CB: Watch the runners lead and make sure he has a big enough lead to get him. That is both a pickoff from the pitcher and catcher.
Base_Ball_2: Any third base tips for a beginner?
CB: Use one hand when practicing ground balls.
bazookajoe: What other sports do you like/play?
CB: Golf and duck hunting.
bazookajoe: What is your favorite type of music?
CB: Country. I'm excited about Country Night at Jacobs Field tonight. Come and join us.
indians1: What is your favorite spot in the batting order?
CB: Third...that is where they put the best hitter. If you're hitting third you can be considered the best hitter on the team.
John_B: What's your favorite Cleveland restaurant -- the Octane Cafe?
CB: Morton's Steakhouse
baseball_fan: Are the Indians going to take the AL Central?
CB: Believe it.
Bendover2888: Who did you idolize growing up?
CB: Ozzie Smith.
Base_Ball_2: What do you think about the bullpen?
CB: Our bullpen is fine. I have confidence in whomever comes in.
Richard_Clogg: Nice home run yesterday Casey, Hi from Iowa.
CB: Proud to be an Iowan. Go Cyclones!
Base_Ball: What is your team goal for the year?
indians1: What stadium is your favorite to play in?
CB: Safeco Field.
bendover2888: Would you rather hit for power or for average?
CB: Thanks for joining me today on this chat session. I need to go get ready to play tonight. See you at Jacobs Field soon. Go Tribe!
Moderator: That concludes today's chat. Casey had to run to a team meeting. Thanks for participating.
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