Welcome back Superfan Followers! Real quick, I wanted to give a shout-out to Mitch Stetter and his wife Ali on the birth of their second son, Dustin Donald Stetter! That’s not the only birth to celebrate though, as a good friend of the Superfans, Mark Rogers and his wife Kerrie welcome to the world their first child, Ellyette Bay Rogers! These families truly are blessed, and it sounds like everyone is healthy according to my sources.
On to baseball news, Brandon Kintzler has been recalled from AA-Huntsville to AAA- Nashville, one more step closer to the bigs again! We are hoping to see him up here in the next few weeks to supplement a struggling bullpen. Another person of interest that can definitely help out at the major league level would be Rob Wooten. In fact, I am fortunate enough to have interviewed Mr. Wooten via email!
SuperfanPete (SFP): So here you are, a relief pitcher for the Nashville Sounds. How did you get here? What road led to this point in time, and what obstacles have you overcome to achieve such a lofty goal?
Rob Wooten (RW): It has been a fun ride getting to AAA with some hard times as well. Missing 2010 with Tommy John surgery was a big set back for me but now I’m back and feeling better than ever. I don’t plan on stopping for a long time!! Everyone’s goal is to make it to the big leagues and mine is no different. I want to get there and contribute and help the team make a championship run.
SFP: At what point in your life did you say “I want to be a baseball player”?
RW: At a young age i wanted to be a baseball, basketball, and football player. In high school I knew what my ticket would be, and put all my focus on baseball.
SFP: If you had a time machine, and could go back to any point in history to meet any person, who would it be and why?
RW: Well i don’t really need a time machine to meet Michael Jordan. I have been so close to meeting him numerous times but it never happened. Hopefully one day i can meet him!
SFP: What was your first big/fun purchase to reward yourself for you achievements?
RW: My wife and I bought our first house last May, so that’s our big purchase i guess. We have enjoyed it but its a lot of work.
SFP: What is your favorite movie and actor/actress?
RW: I love comedies. I love to laugh. Its hard to say my favorite because i have so many favorites. I recently saw The Dark Knight Rises and i know that’s not a comedy, but its up there as one of my favorites.
SFP: If you didn’t play baseball, what career path do you see yourself in?
RW: I love sports. I know I will always be in the sports field in some way. I can see myself as a coach. I would love to coach one day at UNC; that’s my second dream job after hopefully a long playing career.
SFP: What sets you apart from every other player in your position/ What do you do different that other guys can’t do?
RW: I love this game. I watch other games on TV when I’m not playing. I really never get sick of it. I work my tail off every day to be the best player i can be. I am extremely blessed to do what I do and I don’t take it for granted. You got to have fun playing this game. I know sometimes its not very fun when you are failing but you just have to keep going because failing is a huge part of this game. It makes success that much more rewarding.
SFP: What do you like to do for fun outside of the ballpark?
RW: I love to play golf, especially during the off season!
SFP: What is your favorite band/musician/artist?
RW: I like all kinds of music but mostly country.
SFP: What is the most unique item you have ever autographed for a fan?
RW: A hotdog wrapper!