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KC Royals: Getting To Know Veteran Infielder Clint Barmes

Clint Barmes - Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Clint Barmes – Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Clint Barmes – Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

“What was your favorite team growing up?”

"I’m from Indiana originally. St. Louis was the closest to us growing up so most of the people growing up in my hometown were big Cardinal fans. We’ve got a few Cincinnati fans and a few Cubs fans, but the Cardinals definitely took over where I grew up and where I was raised. I grew up a Cardinal fan. Ozzie Smith was kind of my hero growing up.”"

“As a player, who’s been your favorite or most impactful manager?”

"“Obviously, I’ve spent most of my career under Clint Hurdle. After playing most of my career in the Rockies organization under Clint, for him to bring me back and giving me an opportunity to continue as an everyday shortstop in Pittsburgh for three years, I’d have to say I spent most of my time with him and I’ve learned and kind of grew within the game learning from him as well, so that’s kind of any easy answer for me.”"

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“I’m sure it’s hard to put your finger on one, but is there any specific highlight you’ll look back on as the highlight of your career?”

"“My biggest highlight is easy right now. That’s hitting a walk-off home run off of Hoffman (Trevor Hoffman) in ’05 on opening day. That was considered my rookie season, so I’d say getting my first opening day and hitting a walk-off home run on that day was one of the biggest moments of my career and one of my biggest highlights. Other than that, I’d have to say playing in the postseason. In my experience in baseball, there’s nothing that compares to playing in a postseason game. I haven’t had the opportunity to win the World Series, but I’ve been a part of four postseasons in my career so it’s definitely something special. It’s pretty cool and pretty neat for me to say that it’s something that I’ve been a part of and I’ve gotten to experience that. No other games compare to it. Opening day is about as close as you’re going to get to a playoff game but it still doesn’t get very close.”"

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