Baseball: Q-and-A with Bob Glover, ThunderBolts outfielder
August 30, 2012 8:32PM
Bob Glover, ThunderBolts outfielder. | Steve Millar~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:37PM
Glover was signed by the ThunderBolts on June 16, making his pro debut after finishing his senior season at the University of Dayton in the spring. Entering Thursday, he was hitting .231 with four home runs and 21 RBI. He also pitched in one game, striking out two in one inning. He is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind.
How would you sum up your first professional season so far?
It’s been awesome. It’s a lot different than playing college ball. You’ve got to get in a different routine. It’s nice not to have to worry about class or anything like that and just come out and play every day.
What’s been the biggest difference going from college to pro ball?
Playing every day. In college ball you’re playing on weekends or once or twice during the week. Here, you come here every day and you’ve got to find a routine to hit the gym, get workouts in and come here ready to play.
Any difference in the pitching?
I think there’s a lot more consistent pitching here, that’s the biggest difference. Velocity-wise, it’s similar, but guys can spot their pitches and throw off-speed stuff a lot better here.
You played an entire college season in the spring and have been here for almost three months. Getting tired?
It’s definitely been a long season. Sixty games in college and then about 60 games here. But right now, we’re just trying to make this push for the playoffs. Once it’s over, there’s plenty of time to rest and we’ll miss being here every day, so we want to keep this going.
How fun is it to be in a tight pennant race?
It’s awesome. You don’t want to be on a team sitting at the bottom of the standings. These are long days when you’re at the bottom, so it’s great to come out here every day and compete for a championship.
You pitched in college and looked pretty good in your one outing with the T-Bolts. Are you going to try to bargain for more chances to pitch?
I don’t think so. (Laughs). That was just something they needed to get done and it was fun to be able to do it one time, but I definitely wouldn’t want to do it every day.
What’s on your iPod?
Country music is pretty much all I listen to. Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, those types of guys. I love it.
What’s your walk-up song?
Jason Aldean’s “Tattoos on This Town.”
If you had to go on one reality show, which would it be?
One where I could make the easiest money. If I can count a game show, I’d go on “Deal or No Deal.”
Which one of your teammates should have his own reality show?
(Relief pitcher) Paul Montalbano, definitely. He’s just a character. He likes to have a good time. You never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. He’s a lefty, and those lefties are different.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Anywhere with a beach. It’d definitely be nice to get away for a while and go lay on a beach somewhere.
You’re stranded on a deserted island and can have an endless supply of one food. What would it be?
Ice cream. I love it. Chocolate chip ice cream.
As told to Steve Millar