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10 Questions With Orioles Catcher Caleb Joseph

September 15, 2017
PressBox catches up with Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.

PressBox: If you weren't playing baseball what would you be doing for a living?

Caleb Joseph: Professional hockey, without question. Or I'd have my own painting show like Bob Ross. Maybe broadcasting. Or managing. Drummer in a Rush tribute band. I have a lot of interests, so I have options.

PB: You're obviously a Rush fan, so what's your favorite Rush album?

CJ: I'd have to cheat and say "Chronicles" [a "best of" compilation]. Otherwise "Grace Under Pressure" is probably my favorite.

PB: What is your all-time favorite movie?

CJ: I'm obsessed with movies. There's so many good movies out there. I'll go with "Forrest Gump."

PB: What's your favorite thing about Baltimore?

CJ: I like the fact that the fans, when you get going really good, they really rally behind you and will stay with you. They'll do whatever it takes to get into the stadium to root as loud as they can. Some of those home playoff games were some of the most exciting sporting events I've been to, so I was really excited to be a part of that, and the fans in Baltimore made that happen.

PB: What's your favorite "cheat" food?

CJ: Being a skinny catcher, I have the opposite problem. I have to continue to put weight on, so every food I eat is kind of a cheat food. I like McDonald's. I like Taco Bell. Kentucky Fried Chicken. Any fast food joint, I'll eat it.

PB: Do you have any hidden talents?

CJ: I got tons. A lot of the fans know I can impersonate and play drums, but I don't think a lot of people know that I can sing a falsetto opera voice. Only my teammates really know that.

PB: What's the best impression you do?

CJ: A lot of my best ones are visual. I can impersonate just about anything or anybody, but a couple years ago I got in a little bit of trouble impersonating some staff members. My best are probably a couple of the staff members, but those are for the talent show only.

PB: What's something that everyone's obsessed with but you just don't get?

CJ: Emojis. I don't use those. Never have. Never will. I understand it, but it seems silly to me.

PB: What's your favorite thing to do in the offseason?

CJ: I like duck hunting. I like playing my drums. I really like spending time with my family. And playing other sports.

PB: What is the most annoying or dumbest question you've ever been asked by a member of the media?

CJ: One time a reporter asked me if I knew what the secret was behind why certain pitchers pitched well one day and not the other. If I knew that, I would've told [them] a long time ago. I'm just a catcher; I'm not even a pitcher. It would be like asking me, "How does Mark Trumbo hit home runs?" I don't know. I'm just watching just like you are. I wish I knew. (laughs)

Photo Credit: Kenya Allen/PressBox

Issue 237: September 2017