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Who Is Kurt Birkins The Fan?

Since signing on with the Orioles in May, rookie Kurt Birkins has posted a 5-1 record with a 3.94 ERA coming out of the bullpen. PressBox wanted to know where Birkins stands as a fan.

As a kid, who was the sports star you admired most?
Fred McGriff.

Currently who is the sports star you admire most?
Tom Glavine.

If you could be any sports figure in history for one day, who would it be?
Mickey Mantle.

What was the sporting event you stayed up past your bedtime as a kid to watch?
The World Series with the Braves against the Twins in 1991, a long time ago

What’s the best song to hear at a sporting event?
I’ll say "Baba O’Reilly" by The Who.
What’s the worst song to hear at a sporting event?
"Thank God I’m a Country Boy."

What’s the best food to eat at a sporting event?
Hot dogs.

Food you can’t believe they serve at a sporting event?
They serve Sushi bowls at Dodger Stadium.

Nobody would guess you’re a huge fan of…
The Philadelphia Eagles.

Designated hitter, yes or no?
I love to hit, so definitely no.

What’s the song you’d want the stadium to play when you came to bat if you were a hitter?
"Regulate," by Warren G.

Best rivalry in sports?

Best mascot in sports?
The Bird, I’ll give you guys that.

Favorite sports movie?
"Field of Dreams."

Who’s your funniest teammate?
Bruce Chen, no doubt about it.

What’s your favorite ballpark?
Camden Yards.

Do you participate in any fantasy leagues?

Is football your favorite sport?
Favorite sport to watch, yeah.

Who’s your favorite sports team?
The Eagles.

Issue 1.14: July 27, 2006