Baseball's Best Backup Catcher Hails from Kirkland

Our sister paper in Minneapolis, the City Pages, has a wonderful profile of Mike Redmond, the Twins' sensational veteran backup catcher and team leader who cut his t-ball teeth right here in King County. Quoth the City Pages story:

"Mike Redmond was born on May 5, 1971, in Seattle, Washington, with twin brother Pat Jr. beating him into the world by six minutes. In Kirkland, a Seattle suburb that sits just east of Lake Washington, Mike's was a youth of home openers at the Kingdome, batting helmet giveaways, and nosebleed seats to watch a young Mariners franchise struggle mightily with a paucity of talent.First, he had talent. He was a careful batter. He was an observant base runner. He was a player whose mental acuity made for few rookie errors in the field. From tee-ball to coach-pitch to tenures in left field and at first base as a Bullpup at Gonzaga Prep, Mike was a .300 hitter. Second, his talent wasn't enough, and he knew it."

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