Offseason Q&A: Seth Bynum
Anybody else feel like baseball season is right around the corner? There’s a reason for that…it is. (Though that’s a bit of a lengthy corner, still.) We’re about a month and a half away from the Chiefs’ 2012 opening day, and for the most part, we don’t know who’s going to be there. One name we have a pretty good idea on, though, is Seth Bynum. The IL All-Star should start his fourth year with the Chiefs this season, and he returned to the Chiefs Hot Stove last week in Liverpool. Hope you got a chance to chat with Seth there – but never fear if you don’t, because we did. Here’s what the slugging middle infielder had to say about his offseason…
Kevin Brown: I hear you’ve had an eventful offseason so far.
Seth Bynum: I’m a proud papa. I have a little daughter, she’s six weeks old – Madison Jade. It’s life-changing. It’s awesome.
KB: How stressful is it being a first-time father?
SB: You get worn out. You don’t get much sleep. You have to coordinate with your wife, your partner on how things go, but overall it’s wonderful.
KB: She didn’t accompany you to Syracuse, obviously, but your dad Kurt is here. Is this his first trip to Syracuse?
SB: First trip to Syracuse, yep. I wanted to bring him, I showed him around town today so he’s like a kid in a candy store. He’s pumped.
KB: I know last year he got to go to Fenway Park for the game and he said he was a lifelong Red Sox fan. You had a big day, too, with a couple of hits. You reflect back on it now, a couple of months after – how much fun was it?
SB: It was awesome. You can’t explain it into words. I mean, ever since you’re a little kid you want to play in that ballpark. You go there, your first game there, and your father’s there, the one who’s coached you your whole life…it was a great moment.
KB: So outside of the new kid, what’s your offseason been like?
SB: It’s been interesting. I went to Venezuela and played there for a month. I struggled a little bit, but it was a culture shock for me. It’s a different world, a different experience but I loved it. I’ve just been working out and getting ready for the season.
KB: I know a bunch of different guys from the organization were down there in the winter…did you play with anyone from the Nationals?
SB: I played with Carlos Maldonado – he actually got me the job down there.
KB: First time playing winter ball ever?
SB: I played in Puerto Rico three years ago. But Puerto Rico and Venezuela, they’re totally different.
KB: What is the difference?
SB: The crowds. In Venezuela, you get 20,000 people a night. Puerto Rico’s on the come-up, I heard, but when I played there, there weren’t many fans. (In Venezuela) they heckle you, man, they’re all over you.
KB: You’ve got a new manager this year, Tony Beasley. What’s your experience with him?