Me(ech): Hey, Todd, I appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to talk with The Fightins.
Just curious, where are you originally from?
Todd Zolecki: Born in Milwaukee, but I grew up in the hardscrabble suburbs of West Allis and New Berlin.
Me: Oh, really? Hmmm… I did not know that. I also had no clue Scrabble was any harder in Wisconsin than it is the rest of the country. Smaller dictionaries, I guess.
When you were younger, which baseball team did you root for?
TZ: The Milwaukee Brewers.
Me: The Brewers you say? Huh.
If you don’t mind me asking, where do you currently reside?
TZ: I’ve got a Philly zipcode.
Me: Oh, sweet! Me too!
I hear you work for the most respected newspaper in town, The Philadelphia Inquirer, what is your specific title over there?
TZ: I’m the Phillies beat writer.
Me: Sounds like a blast!
Being that it’s your job to follow the Phillies, I’m sure you’re aware that they are playing your hometown Brewers in the NLDS, correct?
Me: Would you say – as a general rule of thumb – that most baseball fans who grow up following their hometown team continue to do so throughout their life?
TZ: I would say so.
Okay, well, with that being sa- – OUT WITH IT, ZOLECKI – ARE YOU ROOTING FOR THE BREWERS IN THIS SERIES?
TZ: I am not, but I will say I was happy to see the Brewers finally get into the playoffs just because I know how bad Brewers baseball has been since 1982. But I absolutely am not rooting for the Brewers.
Not unless Robin Yount is back in uniform. Wait, isn’t he the new bench coach?
Me: Close one, Todd. I was sure my deceptive line of questioning would reveal the truth. You done good.
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