The K Zone
July 24th 2017
Interviewed By Mike Duffy
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Benjamin Rodriquez: The toughest part about higher levels of baseball is the margin for error. The better players take advantage of your mistakes and you have to be able to take advantage of theirs.
Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite thing about being a Twin?
Benjamin Rodriquez: My favorite part about being a Twin is the support from the fans in Minnesota. They are so locked into the team that they care about the players at every level. The organization doesn’t just trade and pay for big free agents, they are more interested in developing prospects and that makes the minor leaguers feel like their organization cares about them.
Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Benjamin Rodriquez: My favorite hobby is to read. I like to learn and study outside of baseball so that I can have something for my mind to focus on that’s not just baseball.
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Benjamin Rodriquez: My favorite baseball player was Barry Bonds. Watching how calm he was when he was in the box and how he controlled every single at bat was amazing to me as a kid. He dominated.
Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?
Benjamin Rodriquez: I didn’t have a favorite team really. I was more of a fan of individual players and not as much about teams. But if I had to pick one I’d say the Diamondbacks because that was my hometown team.
Mike Duffy: Goals for this season?
Benjamin Rodriquez: I don’t have a ton of goals for this season as far a results. I’m just trying to get the experience of pro ball and learn how the game is played at this level. I just want to be constantly learning and improving.
Mike Duffy: How did draft day feel?
Benjamin Rodriquez: Draft day was incredible. It was such a stressful experience before I got drafted but I’m so thankful to God and the Twins for calling my name.
Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite stadium?
Benjamin Rodriquez: Chase Field.
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Benjamin Rodriquez: I don’t have a specific motto but I have faith in my ability and in God so I know that whatever I’m going thru is going to make me better so I try to learn whatever I can from the experience and keep my head up.
Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?
Benjamin Rodriquez: I didn’t really have a moment where I wanted to be a pro. I just always knew I wanted to keep playing for as long as I could and get the most I can put of my abilities. After I finished my college career I knew I wasn’t done yet so I guess that was the moment when I knew I wanted to keep pursuing baseball.
Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite tv show?
Benjamin Rodriquez: The Office.
Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite thing about being a 1st baseman? Hardest thing?
Benjamin Rodriquez: First base is a tough position. I think people underestimate how difficult it is. The hardest part is staying mentally dialed in the whole game because first basemen are involved in a lot of the game. The most fun part is that I get to talk to all of the players who get to first.
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