Danny Hamblin: During the season, no; but towards the end of the draft I did.
JK: Are you happy you went back to Oakland or were you wishing to be chosen by another club?
DH: I was pretty happy with the selection. It was good knowing the organization liked me enough to draft me twice.
JK: You've hit six home-runs on the road this season, compared to only one at Nat Bailey Stadium. With that in mind, is there a different mindset in your head with the change of fence distances?
DH: I don't think so, at all. It's just a matter of what swing you take and not so much that you have a different mindset.
JK: At the start of the year you were battling at first base with Sean Doolittle for playing time, and you were moved around the lineup to 3rd base and DH. Now that you own that first base position, with Doolittle being promoted last month, is it good knowing you won't be shifted?
DH: I don't mind either way. I've always liked playing third, I've played there growing up, and it was a little more interesting never knowing what you were going to do at the park. I like it.
JK: Growing up, what was your favorite MLB team?
DH: The Texas Rangers.
JK: So if you were to play a game against the Rangers at McAfee Coliseum and you were stepping in to bat, who would you be cheering for?
DH: [Laughs] Oakland, definitely.
JK: Not to go too far ahead, but next season would you rather be up in Stockton being a backup to someone like [Sean] Doolittle, or would you be happy being the starting first baseman in Kane County?
DH: I'd rather be playing than backing up someone.
Jeremy Knight is known as Canada's wonderkid of sports reporting. He covers CFL football, college baseball and minor league hockey for The Roadkill Sports Blog, and pro baseball for Notes From The Nat and Scout.com ... when he's not in detention.