Down on the Cubs Lower-A farm team, the Kane County Cougars, reside some of the organization's best young hitters. Dan Vogelbach is a young man with a big swing, an interesting take on practice drills, and a hairstyle with "flow." I caught up with Vogelbach after a recent home game to ask him a few questions.
Q. What is your favorite home run memory?
A. In high school, when I hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning in a regional semifinal game junior year. It was against my cousin's team, against our rival school. It was one that I'll never forget.
Q. What is the movie you've seen the most times?
A. "Remember the Titans," and I mean, I'd say close to one hundred times. I could say that movie from the first line to the last. I'll go some weeks where I watch it three or four times a week.
Q. Who is your idol in the MLB?
A. Miguel Cabrera, I like the way he goes about his business. Never gets down on himself, battles every at bat. He knows he is going to get the pitcher's best stuff each time, but he still does his thing.
Q. Would you want a designated hitter in the NL?
A. Oh, man. Personally, that would be pretty cool to have another guy in the lineup, but that's something I don't really worry about at all because quite frankly, it doesn't matter what I think.
Q. What's your favorite thing to do on Twitter?
A. I'll tweet at the boys, sometimes I get into Twitter wars with them.
Q. What is this "flowbro family" thing you have on Twitter?
A. Oh yeah! Pierce Johnson had it. We've been growing our hair out so we've been saying we've got flow. And then we were on the way to a Cubs game, Pierce and I were talking about it and he said, "I'll change my name." I said, "Alright, you can be my flowbro."
Q. What is your relationship like with your siblings?
A. Everybody knows in Fort Myers, at home, they don't mess with Sarah (sister), shes my best friend. My brother, me and my sister are really, really close. It's always been my little one that I've watched after.
Q. Who is the biggest clubhouse prankster?
A. Nathan Doores. He's a guy that's hilarious, keeps everyone laughing, but when it comes game time he's the first one to be ready.
Q. What's your least favorite drill?
Q. Isn't that important?
A. It's boring even though it's really important. I just want to get it over with once it starts.
Q. What's the best advice you could give a new player to your team?
A. Go about your business the right way each and every day. It's going to be a grind; it's a long season.
Q. Did you have a high school nickname?
A. Vogey. People still call me that.
Q. What's your favorite high school memory?
A. Winning the state championship my senior year.
Q. What's your worst school subject?
Q. Best school subject?
A. I'd have to say math.
Q. That seems unusual.
A. Yeah, I know. I've always been pretty good at math, though.
Q. Favorite video game?
A. NHL, because of living with the Gretzkys down in Arizona for spring training.
Q. How good are you? Did the Gretzkys train you?
A. Yeah, they gave me some practice. I'm pretty good, but not that good.
Q. What's your favorite thing to do after a win?
A. Usually after a win I just hang out with the boys. We go to the house, watch TV, play video games.
Q. After a loss?
A. I hate losing. No matter if I'm out in the front yard doing anything, I can't stand losing. So, I pretty much stay to myself after a loss for a little while.
Q. What's your favorite away ballpark so far?
A. Either Fort Wayne or Cedar Rapids. I like the way Cedar Rapids plays.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.