Mike’s Mailbag, September 25

Hello from Milwaukee. It’s the final week of the season, and we have a three-city road trip to finish the season. After three games against the Brewers, we travel to New York for just one game (a makeup of a rainout) before finishing the season with three games in Pittsburgh.

I want to personally thank everyone for your letters, e-mails, and prayers. This year has been tough with the transition from Detroit to St. Louis. While the season hasn’t gone the way that I wanted, I really appreciate the support from all the fans.

And even though the season is ending, you can continue to submit questions by e-mail to Maroth a CareerSports.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Now on to today’s mailbag:

1. (from Jillian and Amy in Holly, Mich.) What are your favorite memories, moments, or accomplishments from your baseball career thus far, both personally and as a team? What is your favorite memory from your years playing in Detroit?

On a personal level, I have two favorite on-field memories. The first was starting on opening day in 2003, and the second was pitching a one-hit shutout against the New York Yankees in 2004.

From a team perspective, my favorite memory is the entire postseason experience in 2006.

I had a wonderful time in Detroit and lots of great memories – eating burgers at the Red Coat Tavern, breakfasts at the Original Pancake House, going to Woodward Avenue for Dream Cruise, and going to game one of the 2004 NBA Finals between the Pistons and the Lakers!

2. (from Jeff in Orlando) What are some of your memories of pitching in high school for Pete Post at Orlando Boone? I have done the P.A. announcing for the Boone games for the past four years, and I met you in the press box last year.

I had a great time playing at Boone. In the summer before my senior year, we played in a summer league and ended up winning the tournament playing the best teams from all over the country. We had a really good team my senior year. I thought we had a chance to go to the state playoffs, but unfortunately we didn’t make it our of the district!

From the time that Pete has been at Boone, he has done a tremendous job of helping make a first-class baseball facility. He’s done a great job there, and I still keep in touch.

3. (from Bob in New Concord, Ky.) If you weren’t a Major League Baseball pitcher, what occupation do you think you would have chosen?

My major in college at the University of Central Florida was business. It was a very broad based education. My favorite subject in school was math, and I really like numbers.

But one of my favorite hobbies is meteorology and the weather – I would definitely consider that as a career. Back in June when I was in Atlanta for games against the Braves, I had the opportunity to visit the Weather Channel studios. I even had the pleasure to be an on-air “celebrity forecaster”! It was a blast – you can read more about it here.

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