1. How long have you been involved in softball in the NKY/Cinci area?
Lindemann: It's funny - I always
said I would not play softball, but after my hard ball career was over when I graduated college I got hooked. That has
been since 1992.
2. Who are some of the other teams you have played for or been associated with in your career?
Boys - 1992
Central KY Mudcats, Berea KY - 93-94
Chug a Lug - Florence, KY - 95
Hitmen - Erlanger - 96
3. Ok Rob the big question right off the bat. You guys seem able to beat every team you play this
year except the Base Bandits. What is it that this team has over you guys? I mean in Indy you guys were absolutely smoking
teams and at one time had a 12-1 lead on the Base Bandits, but still lost. I think they beat you twice in that tournament
and they were somewhat short handed. To be honest I didnt think they had a chance beating you guys in that tourney. You guys
were Red Hot until then. Do they have your number?
RL: I wasn't at Indy, but we always seem to get a lead
on the basebandits and then we tend to relax too much, and they never give up. They do have our number at this point
be we are not afraid to face them.
4. I recently interviewed your team mate Brandon Black. In his interview
I asked him if you guys had that cockiness back that once made that team click and let me say my friend that from watching
you guys play there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that you guys have it back. You are either the cockiest or the most
confident team I have seen play in a longtime. Beetween Brandon Black flipping the bat and posing after
hits or Danny Sharp giving you guys the eyes wide open bugeyed stare after he rips a gapper running down the first base line
not to mention Steve Klute just being Steve Klute, is this what drives you guys? You seem at your best when you play with
that type of attitude.
RL: I feel that this team is very confident and just likes to have fun, the more
you win the more confident you get and the more fun you have.
4. Some teams look down on this style
of play. Let me say this. If I was coaching a team, I would want my team to have that type of confidence. I absolutely LOVE
watching you guys play. To me its entertaining to watch and in my opinion the teams or players who frown on that style of
play are the guys that cant beat ya. But what is your response to people who take shots at J-Law for theyre type of play?
like any other team with the same type of style, you have to play with those guys to understand what they are actually about.
No one on this team is any more cocky then other players out there!
5. I think I know the answer to
this question so I will ask it a little bit differently. Are the Base Bandits your biggest rivals? If not who is?
Basebandits are out biggest rivals, because at this point they are the team to beat in C and they give us fits.
Last year Bill Chard was the coach of then Team Pack. Now Jeff Bowman is. What is the biggest difference playing for
Jeff Bowman compared to Bill Chard?
RL: JB is a gamer and he wants that out of you and I believe he is more of a players
coach. He is also a more in your face coach then Bill Chard.
7. Did you guys set a goal this year? If
so what is it?
RL: Just win all you can and have fun. I think all teams have the same goal, win a ring.
is a fill in the blank question.
The biggest misconception about Rob Lindemann is_____?
- this has carried over from back in the day when I played in the outfield.
9. Without using any J-Law players fill in
the names of players that best fit these positions listed below. This would be Rob Lindemanns 2003 all star team.
1B Larry Kerns
2B Kris Baker
SS Steve Dinser
3B Rusty Scott
C Scott Young
AH George Farris
2 Outfielders Mike
Cook, Brian Sandlin
Coach Chris Craddock
10. Who in your opinion is the most under rated player
in the game?
RL: Jeff Young - plays different positions and is hard to get out.
11. Below are a list of parks in the
area. By using the 1-10 scale with 1 being a dump and 10 being a field of dreams rate the following parks and also try and
give a description why you rate them as such.
Rivershore 8 Nice set up for fans/ Great Hitting Park/Good Parking
Good Softball atmosphere/Bad Parking/Good Wings
Expressway 9 Great Fields/Well run park/Good shelter area
OK fields/Good Hitting Park/New view area will be nice
Eggelston 7 Good Fields/Nice Shade Area/Cool Bar
Metro Tourney/ Good Fields in middle of complex/ Like the low fences
Queen City 4 OK Fields/Not much else
Park 3 OK Fields/ They work hard on them to get fields ready
12. Give me your top 5 teams in the area
1. Reds Boys
2. Base Bandits
3. NKY Softball
If you could change one thing about the game of softball what would it be?
RL: Players paying to get
14. What is your opinion on the "superbats"? Do you believe theyre is a place in the game for loaded
RL: Nice to hit with, however I feel it is hurting the game. Average hitters
hitting bombs and defense being afraid of being hit by seeds hit by good hitters
15. What bat do you currently swing?
now I swing a Mizuno Rage (until the hits run out)I also have a Demarini Fat Boy and a Regular Black Mizuno in my my bag to
switch to. (Superstition)
16. Below are a list of names and things relative to the game of softball. By each name use one word that best
describes each name or thing.
Rob Lindemann Competitive
Base Bandits Relentless
Huddy Park Atmosphere
Kevin Hall Awesome
Bat Flipping Whatever
Bill Chard Coach
17. OK lets play fantasy softball here. Say J-Law is in
the bottom of the 7th inning, trailing by one run with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd but you are out of home runs in the
2003 Worlds tournament. Besides yourself, which J-Law player would you handpick to be put in that type of spotlight to knock
in the winning runs?
RL: Brandon Black, he can go to either side and usually doesn't chase a bad pitch.
18. If you retired tomorrow from softball
how would you like people to remember Rob Lindemann as a player?
RL: That he hustled all the time and was good at his position
and would do whatever to help the team.
19. Rob alot of people look down on the catching position. There is a misconception that if you play
catch than you must just be a good hitter and arent very good in the field. I have watched you play and you add other demensions
to the position. What are some of the things catchers can do to stay involved in the game defensively so maybe they
wouldnt be labeled per say?
RL: Just try to help the team by backing everything up and also it helps to try
to remember hitters and their tendancies. Lots of communication also.
20. Finally, when are you guys getting
those famous pink uniforms we all heard about in the pre season? And what is up with the white goatee? I had to
look 10 times to make sure J-Law didnt pick up a new catcher. LOL!!
RL: I am still hoping that
is a rumor! I don't have any stir-ups to match. As far as the goatee I was just trying something different.
Look out because now it is a fu-man-chue!!