By Jason Shetler
I recently interviewed first baseman/third baseman Jason Rogers, who was acquired by the Pirates last offseason from the Milwaukee Brewers. Here are some of the things that Jason and I discussed, so I hope you guys enjoy it.
JS: Who were some of your favorite players growing up?
JR: Greg Maddux because I pitched when I was younger and Alex Rodriguez because he was a good all around player.
JS: What was your emotion like upon being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010?
JR: Relieved and grateful. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be drafted or not. I heard some talk of it here and there but I wasn’t positive. So when I got the call on the third day I was excited to get the opportunity.
JS: How did you find out that you were being called up to the Brewers in 2014?
JR: I sat out the last game of the season so guys were telling me hey you’re getting called up but I didn’t believe them. After the game the manager called me in his office and gave me the great news.
JS: Did you get the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker?
JR: Oh yes, I saw him almost everyday. He’s a funny guy to be around.
JS: What was your reaction to the news that you were traded to the Pirates last offseason?
JR: I was surprised because I felt like I had a chance to start with the Brewers especially after the season I had with them.
JS: Who is the toughest pitcher you’ve faced in the big leagues and why?
JR: Chris Sale. He’s a deceptive lefty that throws side arm. He was tough to pick up.
JS: Last question, what are some of your goals for the 2017 season?
JR: Be better than 2016 *laughs*. But continue to stay healthy, get back to being the consistent hitter I know I can be. Be athletic and have fun again!
Be sure to follow Jason on Twitter @jasonrogers2003