Quad Cities River Bandits Report: 07/19/08

This week, our St. Louis Cardinals Midwest League club report features an interview with infielder Ross Oeder.

A lack of local baseball has taken its toll on this writer this week. An extended road trip, followed by a day game that had to be missed because I work, and another evening game that had to be missed to attend a work function at the boss' house all combined to create too little baseball this week. I did get to see a game on Friday night—one of the least memorable games of the summer. The River Bandits gave up eight runs on eleven hits and two errors. The loss keeps the team at only one series sweep this season.


The highlight of the week has been Ross Oeder. He hit his first four professional home runs in the three games played on Monday in Clinton, Wednesday and Thursday in Davenport. Brett Wallace returned to the Quad Cities (from his participation in the Golden Spikes Award at the MLB All-Star festivities) just in time to go 3-for-3 in the game on Thursday. The major highlight of the week arrived on Thursday with the birth of Paul Vazquez's first child. He and his wife have a baby girl.


Before the game on Friday I was able to spend a few minutes with Ross Oeder getting to know him and getting to ask a few questions about his life. Here is some of what we discussed:


Ross, you probably know that Scout.com readers know everything about your stats but most don't know much about you as a person. If you will, let's give them a look at who you are. What's your favorite color?


It's blue.


What are you working on to improve your game this year?


I'm trying to improve my power so I can hit the extra bases.


Where did you go to school?


I attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.


You've been with the River Bandits for a few weeks. Who else on the team do you think your play is most similar to?


I'd say it is Nick Peoples. We're both willing to do whatever it takes to get on base. We're grinders. We'll get hit by the pitch if that's what it takes to get on.


In your baseball life so far, what has been the biggest highlight?


Draft Day last summer. When I got the call it was exciting.


Who was your favorite team when you were a kid?


Being in Ohio, I was always a Cleveland fan.


Who was your childhood baseball hero?


Omar Vizquel of the Indians. He was always in on the play.


What about a hero from another sport?


That would be Tiger Woods. He's always competing.


What is your favorite food?




And your favorite beverage?


Mountain Dew.


Do you have any superstitions about baseball.


My socks. I've been wearing the same ones since I started this hitting streak. I won't change them.


I do hope you're washing them!


Yes, I do. They are getting a lot of holes, but they are clean every day.


When you get to MLB, what uniform number do you want?


I'll be wearing number 3.


What do you like to do during the off-season to relax?


I like to keep it simple; just spend time with my friends.


Do you have any tattoos?




Do you have any phobias?


No, not at all.


If you were a car, what kind of car would you be?


Definitely a Corvette!


What is your favorite baseball movie?


It has to be The Sandlot.


What is your intro song when you come up to bat?


It's classic rap; called No Diggity, No Doubt.


What else do you want readers to know about you?


I would want everyone to know that I play hard. It's hard work and I work hard at it. I just love the game of baseball.


Thanks, Ross!


With only one game (and an uninspiring game at that) this week, there's not much to report in the "Deal or No Deal" section this week. I've been asked by readers to include more eyewitness accounts of the games. I'll do that starting with next week's report.


We have some new players again this week. I'll be updating readers on the additions to the roster as soon as I can. If anyone has any specific questions, please send them to me (sport61201) as PM's on the forum.



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