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Who is Adam Loewen the Fan?

June 13, 2006
Lefthander Adam Loewen, 22, is ranked No. 48 on Baseball America's list of top 100 prospects. Loewen's two starts for the parent club have come against Cy Young winners Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay. In his June 8 start against the power-hitting Toronto Blue Jays, Loewen pitched five-plus innings, giving up 11 hits and five earned runs.

PressBox wanted to know where does Loewen stand as a sports fan.

In his 15 innings with the Orioles, Loewen has struck out 13 batters. (Courtesy of Bowie Baysox)

PressBox: As a kid, who is the sports star you admired most?
Adam Loewen: I watched the Blue Jays a lot, so when Roger Clemens came over and Joe Carter. I also lived two hours away from the Mariners so I watched them a lot too, so Ken Griffey, Jr. and Edgar Martinez. I watched all those guys.

PB: Who is the sports star you admire now?
A.L.: I like Albert Pujols. He goes in day in, day out and hits the ball well and he's pretty much the most feared hitter in sports right now.

PB: Is there a sporting event you remember staying up past your bedtime to watch as a kid?
A.L.: Yeah, I watched the '93 World Series when the Blue Jays were in it. I remember staying up and watching that.

PB: What's your greatest personal athletic achievement?
A.L.: I guess going to the Little League World Series.

PB: What's the best food to eat at a sporting event?
A.L.: A hot dog and a Coke.

PB: What can't you believe that they serve at a sporting event?
A.L.: That bratwurst stuff. It's kinda gross.

PB: Nobody would guess that you're a huge fan of...
A.L.: Volleyball.

PB: Foam finger or face paint?
A.L.: Foam finger.

PB: Designated hitter, yes or no?
A.L.: No.

PB: Astroturf or grass?
A.L: Grass.

PB: What's the best rivalry in sports?
A.L.: Yankees/Red Sox.

PB: If you could be any sports figure in history for one day, who would you be?
A.L.: Joe DiMaggio.

PB: Favorite sports movie?
A.L.: "Bull Durham."

PB: Who's gonna win the World Cup?
A.L.: Germany.

PB: Do you root for the Ravens?
A.L.: Can't say I do.

PB: Who do you root for?
A.L.: Green Bay Packers.

PB: In honor of this issue, we're going to ask you a couple questions about Father's Day. Do you have any Father's Day traditions?
A.L: Not anymore but we always went out to eat with my dad. And that's pretty much how we celebrate that.

PB: Any plans for this year? I know you guys are on the road...
A.L.: No, no plans. I'll probably just call my dad.

PB: What kind of impact did your dad have on your baseball aspirations?
A.L.: He was just always supportive and he wouldn't say much, he didn't really play baseball growing up but he was always supportive, took me to all my games. I used to play hockey. He would drive me at 5:30 in the morning to my games and he was always, you know, very supportive of what I did, whatever I wanted to do, I could do it.

Issue 1.8: June 15, 2006