After putting out the polls a couple weeks ago to see what sort of questions the FYC community would like to see in Owner Interviews, I have spent some time finalizing that list. I have also begun putting together a list of owners to participate in this interview series. Chris suggested that we start with the original owners, so I contacted them awhile ago and both Rob [Toledo] and Ben [Boston] have agreed. Here’s Rob’s interview to start us off:
- Who is mgccpro in real life?
Rob Karnes, 47. PGA Head Professional at the Dayton Country Club in Dayton, Ohio…and baseball junkie. If I had the time to devote to it, I would have 20 HBD teams. I also play Scoresheet fantasy baseball with a couple guys I met through HBD.
- Where do you live and/or where have you previously lived?
I grew up in Montpelier, Ohio – outside of Toledo. I lived in Tiffin, Ohio, during college (Heidelberg University) and then moved to Cleveland after graduation and stayed for 8 years. I spent 14 years in Monroe, Michigan – just south of Detroit, and then moved to Dayton in 2014.
- Who are your favorite all-time baseball players?
I grew up as a Reds fan in the late 70s, so….Pete Rose, obviously. 4,256 Hits – Why isn’t that guy in the HOF?!?! I loved every member of the Big Red Machine. When I got married and moved to Cleveland in 1993, it was the dawn of the Jacob’s Field era and 456 consecutive Indians home sellouts. Tribe fever was everywhere and I couldn’t escape it. Owner Dick Jacobs was a member at my club and I was able to meet a number of the players. My favorite – Omar Vizquel, followed closely by: Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, Sandy Alomar and Roberto Alomar. Those teams in the mid-90’s were never out of a game until 3 outs in the ninth…averaged over 7 runs a game and had a ridiculous number of last at-bat wins. Oh, the good ole days 🙂
- Do you have any sports-related items on your bucket list that you have not yet done?
Attend an Indians WS game; Watch the Browns in a super bowl (fat chance); play golf at Augusta National.
- What is your favorite WIS moment?
Easy, winning my only WS title with the Steel Ponies way back in S9. Seems like I’ve had a lot of better teams since then, but never won again. Least favorite? Spring training…each season. I would be happy if spring training was simulated over the course of just a day or two, with the ability to focus on different areas of development for different players. Work on stamina to stretch out a SP…work on defensive drills to improve outfielders’ defense, take BP and work on batting drills to improve certain players, etc. Then, assign a certain % of playing time to get them fresh or work harder on development for younger players…run the simulation…see the ratings improvements (if any) and start the season!
- Do you have any favorite players from any of your HBD teams?
FYC HOFer, Spud Fischer. Only player I’ve ever had that I wouldn’t even entertain a conversation about trading. Started the process of turning the team around when he was drafted #2 overall in S5. Was a major reason the Ponies won the WS in S9 and went on to win 5 AL MVP. He’s like a member of the family. I send him a virtual card at the Holidays each season 🙂
- Why did you choose the city and/or park that you did?
Chose Toledo because I was living in Monroe, MI, at the time (about 30 minutes north of Toledo) and I grew up in NW Ohio not far from Toledo. Fifth Third Field where the Toledo Mud Hens play (interestingly, the Dayton Dragons have a Fifth Third Field also) is a great park and a lot of fun to watch a game there. (My only other HBD franchise, the Honolulu Wave Runners, were chosen because Hawai’i is my favorite vacation destination…I mean, who doesn’t love Hawai’i?!)
It’s been a super-fun 36 seasons in FYC…looking forward to S37.