5 Tweets with Mitch Stetter
If anyone wondered why I dedicated much of this post to my experience with Twitter, it was for good reason. One of Twitter's benefits is the chance to interact with public figures, politicians, celebrities and athletes.
I'd like to introduce a new "Peace & Glove" feature called "5 tweets with ..." which is exactly what it sounds like. I recently exchanged tweets with injured Brewers left-handed relief pitcher Mitch Stetter. No hard-hitting news here, and probably nothing ground-breaking -- just a short conversation you may enjoy.
First, some background: Mitch Stetter appeared in 16 games this season before a hip injury and subsequent surgery landed him on the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his season.
Mitch was born in Huntington, IN and went on to attend college at Indiana State University, where he was a pitcher on the Sycamores' baseball team. He finished in the school's top-five in career strikeouts and innings pitched. Stetter also holds the Sycamores' record for hit batsmen with 32.
The Brewers drafted Mitch in the 16th round of the 2003 draft. After doing the mandatory time in the minors, he made his big-league debut on Sept. 1, 2007 and picked up his first win on the 29th of that same month.
In 2009 Mitch set a major-league record by striking out 15 consecutive batters -- equal to five straight innings -- and easily topped Ben Sheets' franchise mark of 10 in a row.
Without further ado, my Twitter conversation with Mitch Stetter:
ME: I realize you are on the 60 DL now, which means we won't see you at Miller Park this year, will you be ready for spring training?
Mitch: yes i should be ready for spring training
ME: What was your least desirable stop on your way to the show and why?
Mitch: High desert California. It's a terrible pitchers league and I didn't pitch well
ME: Have you always pitched with a sidearm delivery, or did you transition to that at some point in your career??
Mitch: I started a drop down slider in 04 when I had a lefty 0-2. Then used both fastball/slider all the time in spring of 07.
Mitch: I feel like it's still somewhat new and I think I've gotten better each year at commanding it.
ME: Which number will stick in your head longer, 15 consecutive Ks, or an Indiana State University record of 32 hit batsmen?? :)
Mitch: Haha. Definitely the 15 Ks. The 32 HBPs is pretty impressive though.
Me: If you had to pick one movie that you HAD to watch every day and one meal to eat with that movie everyday, what would you choose?
Mitch: The Usual Suspects eating Noble Roman's breadsticks from Jasper, Indiana .
Me: Thank you a ton Mitch. I REALLY appreciate you taking the time. I’ll post in a few weeks and tweet you the link.
Mitch: your welcome.. sounds good. thanks man...
There you have it, the first edition of "5 tweets with …’ There are a few other Brewers who are active on Twitter, so keep your eyes open for future installments. You can follow Mitch on Twitter: @mitchstetter and follow me here