1. What other teams besides Reds have you been apart of
in the past? If there are any accomplishments that you want to share, please feel free to share them.
started with Red when I was 17, then I went to the Storm for about 6 years. Last year I played with KY Chiro. Now I'm
back with Red. As for my accomplishments there are some. The biggest would be Player of the Year in 2001. I was
also voted to several all NKY teams.
Mike in 2001, you were voted Player of the Year. This is an accomplishment that players feel is the hardest to receive, for
there are so many good players throughout the league. How overwhelming was the feeling for receiving this honor?
don't think I was overwhelmed by the honor just surprised. Don't get me wrong it was pretty nice being Player
of the Year, but I can't say I did it alone. The team I played on helped me with that. We all deserved it that
On the flipside of the last question, I would also like to say that after receiving a honor like " Player of the year" it
is extremely difficult to follow that type of year up. Those that I have talked too say that you found it difficult to put
up these same numbers in 2002. Is this a true assessment and if so what in your opinion added to the difficulty of 2002 compared
to the phenomenal year you had in 2001?
I don't think I found it difficult to put up those kinds of numbers.
Plain and simple, I had a bad year, it happens.
4. Following up the last two questions, what is your personal expectations for Mike Cook in 2003?
really don't think about personal expectations, I think about team expectations. I mean if I go out and have a good
tourney and we only win 1 or 2 games it doesn't mean nothing.
5. Mike as you know I have recently interviewed Casey Stewart and Jimmy
Ray. I didnt ask them this question but I will ask you. In my preseason poll I had you guys # 1 as did other polls on
other sites in the NKY area. With the Base Bandits and Angilos winning N.I.T's and picking up where they left off last
year, they seemed to have passed you guys up in the polls. Its no secret that you havent exactly lit it up yet, like expected.
By all means this is not a swipe at Reds for I feel you still have the best talent on your team than any team in the area.
But are there problems in Redland? Are you guys not jelling together, quite yet, or am I totally off base with my assumption?
off those polls don't mean nothing, those are just opinions from people. It's only May come talk to me in
August or September about whose lighting it up then. As for problems in Redland, there is none.
5. What are the expectations for Reds Boys this year?
Did Red and Kenny get you guys together and tell you what they expected in 2003?
The expectations for Reds
Boys this year is being World Champions. I'm pretty sure that's what Red and Kenny want to.
6. As I said previously, I had Reds Boys #1 in my preseason
poll as did others. This being basically a first year team, was these expectations hard to live up too every weekend
knowing everybody is expecting Reds to just walk on the competition?
Like I said polls don't mean nothing. As for everybody expecting us to just
walk over the competition, this is softball you win some and you lose some.
7. Who would you say is Reds biggest rival?
Everybody in NKY
8. Mike, go ahead and list me your Nky top 5.
2. Base Bandits
4. Southern Rental
9. Mike, what bat are you currently swinging and what is your opinion on these bats that are out now with built
in pop. Are they good or bad for the game?
I'm currently swinging a Mizuno red fury, but I'm thinking
about getting an Ultra II. We play all ASA and most teams we play will be swinging them. If I get one there good
for the game, If I don't get one there bad.
10. In your opinion, give me a list of some good things and some not so good things that are involved in the sport of
Good things - playing with a good group of guys and having fun.
- paying to get into the parks.
11. If there was on thing you could change about the state of softball today, what would it be?
get into the park. Entry fee not enough.
12. Now time for some fun questions. Below are a list of positions.
I want you to list in each position the best player that pops in your mind to fill these positions in the NKY area. Remember
you CANNOTT use Reds players. This will basically be Mike Cooks 2003 All Star team.
1B Larry Kearns
SS Steve Dinser
3B Steve Klute
C Rob Lindemann
2 Outfielders Kevin Hall, Scott Moree
Coach Mike Hartfiel
13. Who in your opinion is the most under rated player in the game today?
Roberts - He goes out every weekend and plays 110% and you can play him anywhere and he will do a great job.
14. Below are a list of parks in the area. By using a scale
of 1-10. 1 being a dump and 10 being the field of dreams, rate these parks and give an explanation of why you give the parks
Huddy Park 7 - Bad location and not enough parking. But good park to play in.
Park 8 - Very nice park.
Rivershore 9 - Great complex, but needs some
Riverstar 6 - Right now, hopefully the new owner will turn
Rumpke 8 - Really like this park, but get rid of the wooden fences,
Eggelston 8 - Love how you can go out and play in the hot sun, then
sit in plenty of shade.
Queen City 5 - I've played in better parks.
Lakes 5 - Have not played there in along time, but wasn't thrilled.
6 - OK park, infield is awful big.
Green Mountain 0 - Are you kidding me,
one word Craphole.
Below are a list of names relevant to yourself and the game of softball. By using just one word give each selection the best
word that pops up in your head that describes these persons or things.
The Storm Blast
Mike Cook Eight-ball
Miken Ultra 2 Crazy
up the middle Perfect
three man outfields Awesome
44 core or 47 core ( kind of
a pick em question) 47
KY Chiro Fun
16. Do you have
a sports idol? If so who is he/she?
He's no pro athlete, but my dad is my sports hero. He taught
me the game of softball and how to have fun while you play it.
17. This is a fill in the blank question.
The biggest misconception about Mike Cook is _ Cocky ______?
I really don't think I'm cocky now. I might have been back in the day, but what
can I say, I was young.
Which association of softball do you prefer ASA or USSSA and why?
ASA - No juking, no 1 and 1 count,
just regular softball.
If today was your last day playing softball, how would you want people to remember Mike Cook as a player?
had fun playing the game, plus was a hell of an outfielder.
20. And finally Mike if Reds were in the bottom of the 7th of the championship
game in the B Worlds tournament in 2003, down 1 run with men on second and third, with two outs, who on your team by
yourself would you like to see at the plate?
If we has a homerun left, Tim Wolfe. But no homeruns left
anybody on my team, any of my teammates can get the job done. But your wanting me to say somebody aren't you,
OK , Bakes.