Nickname: Robert John, Beautiful Bob
Years Playing With The Tigers: 1992-present ~ 30th year of playing amateur baseball
High School/Graduation Year: Melrose High School - Class of 1984
College: North Dakota State School of Science, Fergus Falls Community College, St. Cloud State University
Family: wife: Heidi, children: Alex, Taylor and Isaac
Job: Teacher/Coach/Owner of Educational Resources of MN
Best Part Of Playing Amateur Baseball: Impossible to narrow it down to one thing...competing, playing with players that I have coached, dugout talk, after the game social gatherings, listening to stories, it's a game that keeps me feeling young, playing playoff baseball, having my family in the stands watching, friendships developed over the years, and finally, watching Davis go off on umpires.
Should players from the "Steroids Era" such as Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, and Roger Clemens be in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Absolutely not. There are so many players who were unable to cash in on their Major League dreams because they were passed up by baseball players that were steroid users.
Favorite Davis Story or Quote: Marty took my favorite so I will go with another one. Last season when Davis got ejected he came back into the dugout I told him you might as well get back out there and get your money's worth since you are already ejected. He paused, spit a few seeds, mumbled a few words to himself and went back out and unleashed on the umpire.
Your Pick to Win the 2011 World Series: Marty's team...the Twins.
Major League Ballparks You've Visited: Target Field, Metrodome
One Piece of Advice for Young Ball Players: Play with passion
Parting Thoughts: 1. I am going yard again at St. Stephen. 2. It has been awesome this off-season being a part of Chris Sturm's hitting academy. 3. Matt Baier is the man both on and off the field.