This was the first half-season in which the Bandits missed qualifying for the playoffs since 2009. It will be interesting to see who joins the team as the mid-season moves are made. Since the Bandits became a member of the Cardinals' system, the Cards have made 15 first-round draft picks. 14 of those played in Davenport for at least one game.
After being eliminated from first-half qualification, the Bandits started winning more games. Three of this week's five home games were won in walk-off fashion in front of big crowds. It was good to see the guys play well.
This week I was able to talk with Casey Rasmus for a few minutes. It was almost like old times as I have had the privilege of knowing his parents and his brother over the years. When Quad Cities was a Twins affiliate, I was able to watch three Mauers play here, but that was all in one season. This is the first time that I've been able to watch the third member of a family play in that family's third season in Davenport. Dad Tony was here in the mid-1980's, brother Colby was here six years ago, and this year we are pleased to have the youngest of the Rasmus brothers behind the plate.
Casey Rasmus: I grew up in Phenix City, Alabama.
JP: What school did you attend?
CR: For my junior year in college, I went to Liberty University. I kind of bounced around a little before that.
JP: What is your favorite meal?
CR: I'd have to go with chicken fingers.
JP: Describe your daily routine - what do you do to keep a level of excellence in your play?
CR: I get as good a night's sleep as I can, eat a good breakfast and a good lunch. Then I come to the field and get some hits and catch a couple of bullpens to stay in shape. That's about it.
JP: What's the worst thing about playing professional baseball?
CR: I'm in a position right now where I really don't feel that I have the luxury to say there is anything bad about it! I am very fortunate to be here!
JP: What's the best thing?
CR: Man, it's just a dream come true, I just need to make sure I get to keep moving along in that dream.
JP: What major league player do you emulate?
CR: I'd say my big brother, Colby Rasmus! He works hard and has a good work ethic and tries hard to do well, so yeah, I want to be like him!
JP: How did you get your start in baseball?
CR: Well, obviously it was my dad and my brothers. It's in my blood!
JP: Was it pretty competitive at your house?
CR: It was very competitive, but mostly at ping pong!
JP: What do you do in your down time?
CR: I listen to all kinds of music.
JP: Who on the team has a hidden talent?
CR: Hidden talent? I'd have to say that Colin Walsh is pretty good at ping pong.
JP: Is he good enough to play with the Rasmus brothers?
CR: We'll have to find out sometime.
JP: What's the most important thing you've learned so far this summer?
CR: You just have to stay positive. This can be a very negative game and you can't let it get to you. Just stay ahead of it and stay positive.
JP: Who in your life besides your dad and Colby inspires you to be great?
CR: That would be my brother Cyle.
JP: Is he the one who pitches for the Braves?
CR: Actually, Cyle is the one who just finished his fourth year of college.
JP: What part of your game has improved the most this summer?
CR: I think that defensively I've come a long way. I've always been pretty strong behind the plate but I feel that this year I've taken some good strides defensively.
JP: What part of your game are you working to improve?
CR: My offense. It can always get better. I need to be more consistent at the plate and keep the game out of my head.
JP: Who is the nicest guy on the team?
CR: That would be Neal Pritchard.
JP: Why do you say Neal?
CR: Ever since I met him early in Spring Training, I never heard him say a mean word about anybody - he's a really good guy.
JP: What's the best thing about living in Davenport?
CR: The best thing is just being able to wake up every day and come to Modern Woodmen Park.
JP: If you could go anywhere on vacation at the end of the season, where would you want to go?
CR: Oh, wow! Venice, Italy. I've always wanted to go there.
JP: Why Venice?
CR: It's all water, it would be awesome!
JP: What advice would you give to a ten-year-old who wants to quit baseball?
CR: Oh, don't quit! It's a hard game, it's a love/hate thing but it's a great game! It's a pleasure to get to play it!
JP: What do you want fans to know about you that they can't learn from reading your stats?
CR: That Nsync and the Backstreet Boys are pretty good! I bet that will surprise them!
JP: Thank you, Casey!
The team is on a four-day break for the All Star Festivities, then begin a six-day road trip on Friday at Peoria. By the time they return to Davenport, it's going to start feeling like the off-season again! If you have any questions or suggestions PLEASE message me on the forum!
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