Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mike Cameron Gives Johngy a Lesson

Mike Cameron played 4 seasons with the Chicago White Sox in the mid-90's. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Konerko. Cameron is currently playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.
A few weeks ago, I was on the field at Miller Park and I approached Cameron for a quick interview. My first 2 questions were about his favorite city to visit as a player and about his time in Chicago. Cameron questioned my questions. He invited me into the dugout for me to explain what my point was. I explained I wrote for Global Traveler magazine and thus asked questions about visiting other cities. Now that I had clarified my intent, Cameron opened up and gave me some very good answers, along with a quick lesson in how to approach ballplayers in the future.
I have to admit, I was a bit scared when Cameron summoned me to the dugout. Maybe he thought I was trying to set him up somehow. To his credit, he quickly smiled and accepted the whole situation. This really turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had with a player on the field.
The interview can be seen here, along with the rest of my interviews on YouTube.

Mike Cameron and me at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI-July 2009.


White Sox Cards said...

Great interview! He really opened up.

Johngy said...

I've always liked Mike, but now I am a bigger fan. Check back in a week or so for the next time I saw MC a few weeks later in Houston.