There are many ways to look at Bruce Chen.
For the season, he is 0-6 with a 6.64 ERA. He has struck out 39 and walked 20 in 61.0 innings of work.
For his career, he is 35-36 with a 4.46 ERA over 215 games.
|Bruce Chen has pitched for eight Major League teams since he made his debut with the Braves in 1998.|
He was born in Panama, where his parents and grandparents moved to from mainland China.
But as a sports fan, he is just like anybody else -- anybody who likes cheese fries and the Phillie Phanatic, that is.
PressBox took a few minutes to learn more about Bruce Chen the fan.
Q: As a kid who is the sports star you admired most?
A: Dwight Gooden.
Q: Who is the sports star you admire most now?
A: Greg Maddux.
Q: Greatest personal athletic achievement?
A: Making it to the big leagues.
Q: Do you have season tickets to see any teams?
Q: What is the best song to hear at a sporting event?
A: Best song? (sings) We will, we will rock you.
Q: What's the worst?
A: The one that they play all the time over there in Boston, I don't know, it sounds so bad. Kevin Millar might know it. It sounds like (sings) "So good, so good." I don't know though, I hate it.
Q: What's the best food to eat at a sporting event?
A: What is the best food? Cheese fries.
Q: The food that you can't believe that they serve at a sporting event?
A: In Ottawa they have this like, fried dough, like an elephant ear, have you heard of that?
Q: Funnel cake?
A: Yeah! I can't believe they sell that. It's like carnival food.
Q: Foam finger or face paint?
A: Foam finger.
Q: Designated hitter, yes or no?
Q: Astroturf or grass?
Q: What's the best rivalry in sports?
A: The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
Q: What's the best mascot?
A: The Phillie Phanatic... It is. I mean, the other mascots, they're good and everything but the Phillie Phanatic, he just has all these things. He's funny. I mean, he's just very animated.
Q: If you could be any sports figure in history for one day who would it be?
A: Michael Jordan. I would love to be like that.
Q: What's your best little league memory?
A: I wasn't that good when I was little. I got good when I was 14. It's cheesy. One time I went out there and I helped my team make it. I was nine years old and I pitched to the hardest team and because we won 4-0, we made it to the championship game. I made it to the championship game, you know?
Q: What's your favorite sports movie?
A: "For Love of the Game." Or "The Rookie!" It's a tie, I love "The Rookie."
Q: What's the position you secretly want to play?
A: Shortstop. Or centerfield. Well, I mean, I want to play shortstop, I always wanted to play shortstop but I know I'm not good. I know I can play centerfield. If I had a chance I could play centerfield. I know I'd be decent. But there's no way I could play shortstop. It's a toss-up.
Q: What's your favorite beer?
A: My favorite beer? I have to think, you know I don't drink that much. But whenever I go out, Corona.
Q: What's your favorite ballpark?
A: Well I like Fenway Park and I like Wrigley Field and I like Camden Yards but you know, Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. More tradition.
Q: Who are you pulling for in the World Cup?
A: I'm pulling for Germany.
Issue 1.11: July 6, 2006