Oakland A’s reliever Pat Neshek is a bit of an autograph collector. Currently he is trying to complete the entire 1985 Topps set! Collecting an entire set of cards is a specialized niche in the hobby; some fans spend years, even lifetimes trying to finish. As a player, Neshek has special access, but that only partly explains why he has completed more than 75 percent of the set since he undertook the project in January. Fans have given Neshek hundreds of cards. If you would like to help Pat out, check out his web site. Neshek thanks fans by sending them his own autographed cards. His signature offers a peek into his personality: inside the P in his first name, Neshek draws the seams of a baseball. He has loved baseball, and its people, all his life. Recently I sent Pat a short interview, he responded and also sent me an autographed minor league card! It’s refreshing to interact with a player who gives his time back to the fans.
Who is the toughest batter you’ve faced?
I read somewhere that the bullpen guys are a quirky bunch that like to play tricks on each other…is that true? What do you talk about?
We talk about EVERYTHING. I don’t play tricks, but some guys do.
I read on your blog that you’re really into punk/metal music. What do you listen to today?
The A’s are known as a laidback bunch of guys… how do you feel about the clubhouse?
We have alot of young guys that are hungry!!!!