Whenever you’re writing an article—any kind of article—you always end up with more quotes than you can use. Most of the time, the quotes aren’t used for a reason and the fact that they stay burried in your notebook is probably a good thing. Sometimes, though, you end up with quotes that just don’t fit into your story, but are interesting nonetheless. That was the case when I spoke with the Rockies top pitching prospect, lefthander Christian Friedrich, earlier this year. Here are some some things we talked about that didn’t make the cut in his recent feature…
On who taught him his 12-6 curveball that ranks as the best curve in the Rockies’ system . . .
"First, it was my best friend, Doug Kadison. He lived down the street and his dad played in the Cape also and in the minors for the Twins, I think. They taught me a palmball when I was a sophomore in high school and I just started throwing it and just kind of naturally had the rotation. And then Jim Sakis, a pitching coach back in Illinois, we started working on the curveball and trying to get that 12-6, instead of the slurve, and that’s where it really came from."
On the transition from college to the pros . . .
"Everyday is a lot different than just three on the weekends and maybe one or two mid-week. But it’s a lot of fun.You get a lot closer to your teammates. College guys, you’re with them all the time but, you know, sometimes you’re in class and you’re only at practice for a couple hours a day. Whereas here, you get to the field at 3 and you don’t leave until 12 and you’re on bus rides all day. So, I like the team chemistry we have here. It’s a grind and I haven’t been through a full season but, last season, coming from college and then doing this, it was a grind, but I like it. Getting to see more of the country is fun, too."
On what he likes to do off the field . . .
"A lot of video games. I play Call of Duty. A lot of people like (David) Price and (Matt) LaPorta play all the time. Price is probably the best baseball player I’ve ever played with and, on top of it, he’s the best video game guy too. And my best friend, Kyle Weiland, the Red Sox third-rounder, he plays all the time too. So, it’s one of those things where I guess you could say it’s a social network like Facebook or something because you have microphones, so you can keep in touch and, at the same time, you’re still copeting. Because that’s what we are as athletes, is competitors. You think it ends at the field and you’d get sick of these guys, but it’s the only thing you know, kind of, so you’re always hanging out together."
On the most famous person to come from Loyola Academy, actor Bill Murray . . .
"The story that I always hear . . . we have this thing at Loyola, it’s called Torch Club. It’s kind of a stupid club, it’s like a popularity contest and you wear a white sweater and you direct parking or you help people out at athletic events, but it’s good for a college resume. He applied for it and he didn’t get in, so the next day he shows up with a white sweater and a flashlight taped to his arm and he made the Flashlight Club."