Posted at 6:30 AM on June 30, 2008
by David Zingler
After a hectic off-season and 2008 roster full of new faces, the addition of reliever Brian Bass went largely under-the-radar. Out of options, Bass went north with team and has picked up 3 wins and a save during the first half of his rookie season.
In an attempt to get to know him better, I had a quick conversation with the 26-year-old before Friday's game:
DZ: Since it's your first year on the team and you've been tucked away in the bullpen, we don't know much about you. Is there anything you could tell us about yourself: interests, hobbies, etc?
BASS: I just like to be outdoors, anything outdoors: golf, fishing...
Twins Director of Baseball Communications Mike Herman walks by, overhears our conversion and asks, "Fishing for bass?"
BASS: (laughs) Yeah, bass fishing.
DZ: Being one of the newer guys on the team and being in the bullpen, do you ever get recognized around town?
BASS: Not really. Not too much yet - it depends on who you are out with, I guess.
DZ: Who do you hang out with usually?
BASS: If you go out with Morneau and Mauer and those guys, they pretty much get recognized, but not so much when I am out on my own.
DZ: Morneau is off the market now; do you go after the women that come after him then?
BASS: (laughs) No, I have a girlfriend.
DZ: Rick Anderson, the Twins pitching coach, has a real good reputation around the league, how has he helped you since you got over here?
BASS: He's been great: just talking baseball with him, talking about situations and working hard on the mental aspect of things, getting adjusted to the big leagues - it's been great.
DZ: I noticed in the minor leagues, you started quite a bit, is that something you want to do in the major leagues eventually?
BASS: Maybe eventually, but right now I am in the bullpen and enjoying what I am doing. I'll do whatever they want me to do.
DZ: Is there anyone down that has kind of taken you under their wing, showed you the ropes?
BASS: Really, everybody. Everybody has been great, we've got a great staff down there; guys like Nathan, Guerrier and Reyes who have been around along time and have a lot to offer. They have been very open with their information.
DZ: Baseball can be a slow game, what do you guys do down there to pass time and keep things loose?
BASS: We do some joking around, but we mostly talk about the game and try to stay mentally ready.
DZ: With your last name of "Bass", that kind of leaves you open for a lot of different nicknames. Have you had any over the years that you can share with us?
BASS: (laughs) I've heard everything, some mentionable and some...
DZ: A little "R" rated?
(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
See more of David Zingler's interviews with Twins players:
June 27th: Brian Buscher
June 18th: Matt Macri
June 6th: Craig Breslow
June 4th: Michael Cuddyer
May 25th: Nick Punto & Mike Redmond
May 20th: Justin Morneau
May 1st: Nick Blackburn
April 29th: Brendan Harris
April 20th: Jason Kubel
April 17th: Denard Span
April 2nd: Matt Tolbert