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Blake chats with fans online
04/20/2004  7:22 PM ET
Indians third baseman Casey Blake participated in an online chat with fans before Tuesday night's game vs. Kansas City.

sitkosgirl1977: Hi Casey. You are doing a good job. Do you like hitting cleanup and do you feel more pressure in that spot?

   Casey Blake  /   3B
Born: 08/23/73
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

Casey Blake: I don't mind hitting cleanup, and I don't feel any more pressure hitting there. Pitchers might pitch me differently, but that is going to help me be a better hitter.

Base_Ball: Is it true you learned to ride a unicycle in just a couple hours?

CB: I was 10 years old. It was more than a couple of hours, it was more like half a day.

bazookajoe: How old were you when you started playing?

CB: I had older brothers so it was when I was coordinated enough to catch and throw.

Base_Ball_2: What's the best way to pick off a runner on third?

CB: Watch the runners lead and make sure he has a big enough lead to get him. That is both a pickoff from the pitcher and catcher.

Base_Ball_2: Any third base tips for a beginner?

CB: Use one hand when practicing ground balls.

bazookajoe: What other sports do you like/play?

CB: Golf and duck hunting.

bazookajoe: What is your favorite type of music?

CB: Country. I'm excited about Country Night at Jacobs Field tonight. Come and join us.

indians1: What is your favorite spot in the batting order?

CB: Third...that is where they put the best hitter. If you're hitting third you can be considered the best hitter on the team.

John_B: What's your favorite Cleveland restaurant -- the Octane Cafe?

CB: Morton's Steakhouse

baseball_fan: Are the Indians going to take the AL Central?

CB: Believe it.

Bendover2888: Who did you idolize growing up?

CB: Ozzie Smith.

Base_Ball_2: What do you think about the bullpen?

CB: Our bullpen is fine. I have confidence in whomever comes in.

Richard_Clogg: Nice home run yesterday Casey, Hi from Iowa.

CB: Proud to be an Iowan. Go Cyclones!

Base_Ball: What is your team goal for the year?

CB: Postseason.

indians1: What stadium is your favorite to play in?

CB: Safeco Field.

bendover2888: Would you rather hit for power or for average?

CB: Average.

CB: Thanks for joining me today on this chat session. I need to go get ready to play tonight. See you at Jacobs Field soon. Go Tribe!

Moderator: That concludes today's chat. Casey had to run to a team meeting. Thanks for participating.

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