Regular readers of this column
aren't going to believe this, but it has been a week of ups and downs again in
the Quad Cities. In games against
On the more positive side of life,
three more River Bandits moved a level closer to The Show this week. Mark Diapoules, Charlie Kingrey and Matt Arburr have all been promoted to
In related moves, Brett Wallace, Carlos Pupo, Ryan Kulik, and Jared Bradford have joined the team this week. These additions should boost the team's offense and the extra arms on the mound will certainly be welcome.
Oliver Marmol takes the spotlight
this week. Oli is new to this year's team, but he is the only
Oli, welcome back to the Quad Cities!
As you may remember, I like these interviews to give readers a look at who you are, instead of just how you play. Let's start with some basics; where did you go to school?
I went to the
What are you working on this year to improve in your game?
I want to get more consistent in my at bats. That's what makes you successful. I'm working on my swing and my approach.
What's your favorite color?
Knowing that you have a long way to go and that there will be many highlights, what has been your best moment in baseball so far?
Beating Notre Dame in the
When did you decide to make baseball more than just a fun game and turn professional?
It's still a fun game! I love playing baseball! I've wanted to be pro since my third year of baseball.
What is your favorite food and beverage?
Mmmm… Steak and sweet tea!
(For you non-southerners, that's not just iced tea with sugar… it's an experience of its own!)
Do you have any tattoos?
No, I don't.
When you get to the Majors, what number uniform do you want to wear?
I like 7.
If you were a car, what kind of car do you think you would be?
You know I'd be a Mercedes!
What other position would you want to play if you couldn't play second base?
I would be in the outfield.
On or off the field, who inspires you?
Who inspires me?... hmmm… my pastor at home.
As a child, who was your favorite team?
What is your favorite baseball movie?
Major League I
What do you like to do in the off season?
I've been on a couple of missionary trips with my church. I like doing that. I also like to work out and stay in shape.
One last question, Oli. What else do you want readers to know about you, on or off the field?
On or off the field, I want everyone to know that I'm only here because of God. He is what my life is about.
Thanks, Oli! Keep up the good work.
Deal this week
Besides the promotions this week, Nick Additon continues to burn up the opponents from the mound. Pete Kozma is still showing that his instinct in the game is far more developed than his 20 years would suggest. Nick Peoples continues to improve offensively and defensively.
No Deal this week
Ones to watch
All of the new team members that are listed above have been given a great opportunity to prove themselves. Ross Oeder is also on my watch list—I see flashes of brilliance from him, also.
Charlie and Matt are two of the
most deserving promotions that we have seen this year; I wish them the very best
that life has to give. I also want to wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of
July! Get yourself to a baseball game and show your pride in
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