Ask The Thunder

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I think it’s about that time.

Basically, this is your opportunity to do my job.  It’s really simple — Submit your questions for any Thunder player or coach, and I’ll do my best to get your question answered.

LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS THREAD and don’t send me an e-mail, because the odds of me actually remembering to check my e-mail to print out your questions before I go in the clubhouse are pretty slim.

I can’t promise you that I can get all your questions answered, but I’ll do my best.

I’ll have a few days to get these done during the upcoming homestand, and I’ll have the answers to your questions posted some time late next week.

I can’t take you in the clubhouse with me — and you probably wouldn’t want to go in there anyway — but this is the next best thing.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

31 Responses to “Ask The Thunder”

  1. Ty Says:

    Sweet. Your blog keeps getting better.

    I’d like you to ask, Austin Jackson of course, who he compares himself to (as a player) and which player he idols the most.

    Thanks Mike,
    Ty

  2. ebyank Says:

    Can you ask Mark Melancon if he is surprised by how many innings they have him pitch in some games and whether he is told it is the strengthen his arm or what the reason is? Also ask him if he has asked if he would be promoted to 3A this year and whether he expects to be soon?

    Thanks!!

  3. steve Says:

    Could you ask Oneli Perez if he thinks the extra finger gives him some sort of advantage. Also, has he ever tried to develop a new pitch using that finger?

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    His English is pretty non-existent, so I’ll see what I can do. His “finger” probably isn’t what you think it is…I don’t particularly want to describe it, but it doesn’t appear to serve much of a purpose.

    That’s definitely a good question…I’ll just have to think of a way I can work it in.

  5. mbn Says:

    Ask some of the top prospects (based on performance, not perception, please) if the fact that the Yankees are using kids from the Minors in prominent roles this season (Veras, Ramirez, Robertson) helps them feel they also have a chance to get there. In the past, the Yankees always used the Minors as trading chips, but this is changing.

    Also, please see if you can get hold of Tabata and ask him where he expects to be next season, and how he will prepare to be stronger.

  6. thunderbaseball Says:

    Tell me who you want for the first question and I’ll get those people…

    The second one…unless he resurfaces in a week or so, that seems unlikely. I can’t just call the guy, because he doesn’t speak English. If he isn’t in Trenton next year, color me badd stunned.

  7. Drew Says:

    Please ask Eric Hacker to assess his year, and what he thinks he needs to work on to continue moving up the ladder.

    Thanks Mike!

  8. Drew Says:

    Also if you could ask Anthony Claggett how he sees himself pitching in the future- starter, set up guy, closer.

    Thanks!

  9. Billy Says:

    Do you think there is any possibility Austin Jackson would be traded in a package at the deadline? I would hate that. If not, will he be called up at some point this season?

  10. Wordy's Hero Says:

    My question is for Eric Wordekemper – Ask him if he remembers a bag of doritos, a neighborhood kid and the makeshift ballpark across the road from his house? This seems weird but do ask him it and if he remembers you will see a good laugh out of him.

  11. David Mac Says:

    Ask Tony Franklin if he ever talks about the days when he played…maybe you get some old writer to ask him….

  12. mbn Says:

    thunderbaseball Says:

    July 23, 2008 at 8:05 am
    Tell me who you want for the first question and I’ll get those people…

    The second one…unless he resurfaces in a week or so, that seems unlikely. I can’t just call the guy, because he doesn’t speak English. If he isn’t in Trenton next year, color me badd stunned.

    Some from among HAcker, Jones, Coke, Claggert, Jackson, MAlec, Claggert, Melancon. Ask a few of those, if possible. Should get a nice range of responses.

    Thanks.

    P.S. I forgot that Tabata was in Tampa for rehab. I doubt you will see him to ask him anything.

  13. thunderfangabe Says:

    You already know, Mike…haha

  14. thunderbaseball Says:

    I’d imagine Billy’s question is for me…

    The Yankees really, really like A-Jack. I’d imagine that with the current state of center field being what it is, that he has an incredible amount of value to their organization. Anything’s possible, but I’d be very surprised if he got traded.

    A-Jack is highly unlikely to get called up to the big leagues this year, but a call-up to Scranton is probably a 50-50 bet at this point.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    What are some of the earliest baseball memories are of the players. Are there any specific items that stick out from their childhoods? Favorite places to play, funny incidents that sick out (broken windows…), playing catch with dads etc.

  16. dan Says:

    To any of the guys who went to college:

    Are college rivalries either within the team or between teams still important, or has the intensity disappeared since they became professionals?

    To any reliever of your choice:

    When should the Yankees release LaTroy Hawkins?

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Mike, are you old enough to remember Color Me Badd?

    For Claggett and Coke specifically, I’d like to know who they consider their closest friends on the Thunder and on other teams.

    For anyone: Who’s the funniest guy on the team? I always love the stories that go along with that question.

    Thank you and keep up the good work, Mike!

  18. thunderbaseball Says:

    Anonymous…sadly, yes. I actually thought they were a little before their time — if they had come out in the Backstreet Boys era, I think they would have been pretty big.

    The line I used was a reference to an interview they did that I saw on some VH1 show…inexplicably, one of the members of the group goes: “If you’re going to color us anything, color us bad(d).” I don’t think I have that particular crayon in my box.

    But enough about my appreciation for really, really, really, really bad music…

    And Dan, I think we both know that Hawkins one isn’t getting asked…

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  20. nyyfaninlaaland Says:

    For Chris Malec – since it’s probably unlikely your future in NY will come at 3B, do you do extra work to maintain other IF skills, and have you played any OF in your career? Would you be okay with a majors career as a utility guy?

    For Phil Coke -What’s made the biggest impact in your success this season, and could you see yourself converting to relief if that’s what it took to get to the Show?

    Jason Jones and/or Chase Wright – Do you think you might get a bit overlooked because you don’t have the big fastball, instead relying on “pitching” to be so successful?

    Chase Wright – what has changed in your pitching from the high K rate at the beginning of last season, and now solid performances this without the high K counts? Did the NY experience help or hurt last season?

    Colin Curtis – how are you feeling about this season? Progress along with some struggles, or just working on things for the long term?

    Reegie Corona or Ramiro Pena – Now that you’ve been in the org for a few seasons and getting closer to NY at AA, do you want to play there or think with Jeter and Cano there you might welcome a move elsewhere?

    Eladio Rodriguez – Is bouncing around among levels with limited playing time tough to deal with, or do you get to work on things and stay motivated? How do you see your future in the game?

    PJ – How’s the nose? (Kidding) Do you feel you’re getting a realistic shot at making it in NY, even if as a backup? It looked like you could be in Scranton this year – any frustration about that? Keep up the good work!

    Kontos – You’ve pitched well this year but it hasn’t worked out for you in the W-L column. Do you and other pitchers take that in stride or does it concern or drive you?

  21. thunderbaseball Says:

    Can’t do Coke today since he’s starting, but I should be able to bang out a lot of the other ones…

    Just so everybody knows, I don’t mind people asking a lot of questions, and I don’t think the guys will either…I’m sure they’re happy to have fans who are interested in their careers…and for me, sometimes there are days where I just need something to do.

  22. Heather Says:

    Yeah, hi, I was the Anon with the lame questions who asked you about Color Me Badd. No idea where my name went.

    I don’t think I have that particular crayon in my box.
    Brilliant! See, this is why you get the big bucks.

    Sad to say that my sister and I loved Color Me Badd, and that I still enjoy boyband music from time to time. I will take comfort, however, in the fact that I do not have CMB lines from VH1 memorized. 😛

  23. thunderbaseball Says:

    You are to be commended for putting a name behind your enjoyment of such…uhhh, interesting music.

    I have three CMB songs on my computer. Three too many? Sure. But if you want to a venture a guess at which three, you’re more than welcomed to…

  24. Heather Says:

    You’re the one who invoked the name of the Backstreet Boys, my friend. Seriously though, my taste in music is ridiculous. I like a little of everything from show tunes to death metal. Not big on rap or elevator music.

    I’ll play the game: I Wanna Sex U Up, All 4 Love, I Adore Mi Amour – the big singles. I really waffled between I Adore and “Color Me Badd”…I think it’s official: I need a life.

  25. thunderbaseball Says:

    Someone’s batting 1.000, those would be the songs.

    And hey, just because I’m open about the horrendous songs I choose to listen to doesn’t necessarily mean I’m proud of it. I’ll pretty much listen to anything.

    You might want to check out the movie 2Gether if you haven’t seen it…kind of a goofy look at boy bands.

  26. Heather Says:

    What? No prize? Pssh. It was really pretty easy because those songs are the only ones I know by them.

    Eh, I am very comfortable with my sketchy taste in music. I blame the (late)80’s and 90’s for producing such horrendous music while I was impressionable.

    I haven’t seen 2Gether, actually. I’ll have to see if I can dig it up around here.

    (I totally edited out a “bad taste in movies too” comment. You’re welcome!)

  27. thunderbaseball Says:

    In general, my movie taste isn’t too bad. 2Gether is more of an example of a ridiculous guilty pleasure than it is anything else.

    If you asked me right now what my favorite movie was, I’d tell you it was The Breakfast Club…but it seems to switch back between that and Office Space pretty often.

  28. Heather Says:

    I am not a big movie person, but I love The Breakfast Club. That is an absolute classic. Goonies is high on my list, but I’m a Star Wars nerd, I’m afraid.

  29. dan Says:

    Yea the Hawkins question was a joke. Just want to see if any of the guys have their eyes on his spot.

  30. thunderfangabe Says:

    Mike, can you ask some of the guys who is their favorite teammate is to watch on the field? Ask anyone…no one in particular. Just interesting to see what they think.

  31. Anonymous Says:

    Was just re-reading the Chase Wright interview and was amused by the idea of A-Jax/Wright rooming together on the road. It’d be kinda cool to know which guys typically room together on the road.

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