Quad Cities River Bandits Report: 08/07/08

This week, our St. Louis Cardinals Midwest League club report features an interview with left-handed pitcher Ryan Kulik.

Because of family obligations, I didn't get to see as much baseball as I wanted. I never get to see as much baseball as I want, but this week included a lot less baseball than normal.  The River Bandits (24-21, currently third place in the Midwest League Western Division) have been hot and cold again this week. Do I write this every week? On Friday night, the scoreboard looked kind of like a football score as they defeated the Dayton Dragons 18-0!

 

Pete Kozma, Pete Parise, and Aaron Luna each earned a promotion to Palm Beach this week. Replacing them are Domnit Bolivar, Jameson Maj, and Jon Edwards.

 

At a game this week I got to talk to Ryan Kulik about who he is and how he sees the game of baseball. I got some good insight on a very well spoken young man. Here is most of what we discussed:

 

Jon: Ryan, I want to give readers a chance to see who you are more than just what you do on the field so I'm going to rapid fire some questions at you that will come from all over. I hope you don't mind! What's your favorite color?

 

Ryan: Red.

 

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

 

I'm working to keep the ball over the plate and to get ahead on strikes early.

 

Where did you go to school?

 

I went to Rowan University in Georgia.

 

What other player on the team is most like you as far as playing style?

 

I'd say it's Nick Additon. We're both lefties.

 

What is your best moment in baseball so far?

 

It was draft day. I was chosen in the eighth round this year.

 

Who was your childhood baseball hero?

 

It was always Lenny Dykstra.

 

What is your favorite food?

 

I like pizza.

 

Who was your favorite team when you were a kid?

 

I loved the Phillies.

 

Do you have any superstitions?

 

I don't really have superstitions but I do follow the same routine every day, everything I do. I always sit in the same spot in the dugout. I always do my workout the same.

 

Who inspires you?

 

My parents are always here for me. They are my number one supporters.

 

When you make it to the show, what number do you want to wear?

 

28

 

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

 

I don't really relax that much. I work out. I stay in shape. I like to get away once in a while.

 

Do you have any tattoos?

 

None.

 

What are you afraid of? Do you have any phobias?

 

I can't stand snakes!

 

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

 

I'd be a Corvette.

 

What is your favorite Baseball movie?

 

Field of Dreams.

 

Do you have a brand preference when it comes to sports?

 

I use Nike and Under Armor.

 

If you could have an intro song when you take the mound, what would it be?

 

"No More Sorrow" by Andrew Clark

 

What else do you want readers to know about you as a person or as a ball player?

 

I'm competitive. I work hard to get what I want. I will go to the majors because I never give up.

 

Thanks, Ryan!

 

 

Deal this week

 

As mentioned above, several guys earned promotions. I had gotten to know the two Pete's and was very impressed with both of these young men. Aaron hadn't been here long, but I could tell he's a true gentleman.

 

Brett Wallace and Blake Murphy are proving that they are destined for a career swinging the bat. Francisco Rivera, Adron Chambers, and D'Marcus Ingram have all stepped up their games also.

 

From the mound, Chuckie Fick does his job every time he steps to the mound—his ERA is below 3.0—he needs some support from the offense, though.

 

No Deal this week

 

Carlos Pupo is still skidding at the plate. Ross Oeder and Nick Peoples are also struggling. Dylan Gonzalez needs to get his head in the game and bring his ERA down.

 

Watch list

 

Oliver Marmol has moved from second to shortstop since Kozma left. There is hope that being back in his natural position will allow him to perform better at the plate.

 

Lance Lynn will be fun to watch now that I can get back to games more regularly.

 

I always keep my eye on the new guys on the team; Jon Edwards will be especially fun to watch.

 

The Bandits return to the banks of the Mississippi River on Saturday night.

 

On a side note, Monday, August 11, has been named "Unsinkable Spirit Night" in all of minor league baseball. It's a night to remind us all of the people who have struggled to overcome hardships and how the American spirit always comes to the top. Teams in the Midwest are donating part of Monday's proceeds to help the victims of this summer's floods as they recover. I hope you will all do something to remember our "Unsinkable Spirit."

 

 

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