|Rounding the Bases With: Danny Rueckel
|Danny Rueckel, a former 12th round draft choice by Montreal, is a big fan of boats and breakfast.
By Chuck King
Danny Rueckel’s 0-1 record isn’t indicative of how well he’s pitched this season.
Coming out of the bullpen for Harrisburg, Rueckel’s had just one bad outing. Even that performance (one earned run on three hits) wasn’t so bad. In four appearances he’s averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.
The Dunwoody, Ga., native was a 12th round selection by Montreal in 2002. The former shortstop at Furman University didn’t start pitching until he was a junior.
Formerly a member of the Washington Nationals’ 40-man roster, Rueckel has twice been as high as Triple A, the first time in 2004 at Edmonton and last season at New Orleans.
MinorLeagueDugout.com caught up with Rueckel during spring training for this edition of Rounding the Bases.
What is the best ballpark you’ve played in?
Akron, Ohio. It’s right downtown. There’s good food and good places to go to. It’s a great field. It’s really professional.
When you pull into your hotel, what restaurant do you want to see on the corner?
Waffle House. I like the breakfast, especially the hash browns.
What is your favorite off-day activity?
Going out on a boat. Usually, when we are in the Burg, there is a little river right there and we go out on the boat and just hang out - fishing, just chilling, enjoying the rays, doing absolutely nothing. My goal is to accomplish nothing that day.
What is your best moment as a professional?
I got to pitch in an exhibition game in D.C. That was pretty cool. They told me I was going to go up there. Other than that, it’s been downhill.
What’s your most embarrassing moment as a professional?
I went out there and pitched about three inning with my zipper down. My shirt was coming out of my zipper. My catcher didn’t have the heart to tell me. Everybody else knew. I walked off the mound and everyone was laughing. I looked down. They said we didn’t say anything because you were pitching well.
It was the end of the game. We were shaking hands and they were like, hey, nice zipper. You had it down for thee innings.
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