Baseball Preview: Scott Rager

HT: What teams do you think will win their divisions?

SR: Phillies, Brewers, Dodgers. Yankees, Twins, Rangers

HT: What teams do you think will be the AL and NL Wild Card teams this year?

SR: Angels, Cardinals

For the second part of the preview, we got a little personal…

HT: What’s your favorite baseball team?

SR: Los Angeles Dodgers

HT: What makes it great/frustrating to be a Dodgers fan?

SR: What’s great about being a Dodgers fan is the storied history of the club and having Vin Scully as your announcer. What’s frustrating is that it’s been 22 years since our last title.

HT: How do you feel about the Dodger’s offseason moves?

SR: Unfortunately the offseason for the Dodgers was more about the McCourt divorce than about any significant acquisitions. Aside from a few good pickups like Garrett Anderson and Reed Johhson the Dodgers did very little to bolster their squad.

HT: Do you participate in Fantasy/Rotisserie Baseball? If so, how did your team do last year?

SR: I don’t participate in Fantasy Baseball. I prefer to root for a team instead of an individual.

HT: How closely do you follow your favorite team when you’re out on the road?

SR: I try to check scores daily.

HT: What’s your favorite ballpark memory?

SR: I have two distinct memories. The first was traveling to San Diego with my father and brother to see the Dodgers clinch the NL West in 1988 on their way to their last World Series title. The second was watching Dennis Martinez pitch a perfect game at Dodger Stadium for the Expos. To witness something that has only happened 17 other times in the history of the game is pretty special. The final score was 2-0 and I rooted for the Dodgers until the last out but looking back on it now I’m pretty happy it turned out the way it did. I still have the program from that day.


Tea Leaf Green – Baseball (2009-01-17)

HT: What’s your favorite stadium to visit?

SR: Wrigley Field. Even though the new stadiums try to emulate the style of a place like Wrigley, you’ll never be able to duplicate the intimacy, excitement and tradition of that park.

HT: What’s your favorite ballpark food?

SR: Peanuts

HT: Who is your favorite player (current and/or all-time)?

SR: Current: Casey Blake. All-time: Kirk Gibson

HT: What player do you love to hate?

SR: I still hate Barry Bonds even though he isn’t playing anymore. I guess I love to hate any Giant, except Tim Lincecum because I could see myself hanging out with him.

Many thanks to Scott for taking the time to chat with us about baseball. Tea Leaf Green continues their tour tomorrow night with a stop at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT and continues with a handful of  East Coast shows before the band heads back to San Francisco for a tour closing, two-night hometown stand at the Great American Music Hall on April 16 & 17.

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