I know that I should just get over the Brendan Ryan trade because we won the 2011 World Series (#11in11!) and we have a young starter who throws 100 MPH that will start the season in Memphis. But I enjoyed his defense and his quirks too much to let go so quickly--just look at this photo of him sporting a Fu Manchu mustache, for example. So when Ryan does a fairly long interview with Fangraphs, in which he discusses life in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, I am still at a point where I will share it with you. Here is a hint of the interview's content:
When you think about the minor leagues, Clinton, Iowa is the type of town that comes to mind. When you drive in, you’re overwhelmed with the smell of dog food — I think that’s what it is — so you really want to wear a mask. With the Cardinals, we always had pretty good cities, though. Springfield is probably as good of a Double-A town as you’re going to find.
Enjoy the Fangraphs Q&A with Brendan Ryan and discuss what you will.