Recently I sat down and chat with dflom2008, GM of the New Britain Rock Cats and founding member of Upper Deck
1.) Who is dflom2008?
David Flom 42 years old 5th grade teacher and head boys basketball coach in Eden Prairie, MN.
2.) What are some of your interests and hobbies?
Coaching takes most of my time. I still play amatuer baseball and play racquetball. I also coach my son's fourth grade baseball team. I enjoy anything outside.
3.) Did you play any sports growing up?
I grew up in a small town, so I played basketball, baseball, and football. I continued to play baseball and basketball at a D3 college - Gustavus.
4.) Do you have any sports-related items on your bucket list that you have not yet done?
We do an awesome trip every year with my buddies and their sons - we simply call it our boys trip - we travel to different major league parks and bring our baseball equipment along - we pull over every 2-3 hours and play a game wherever we can find a field. It would be fun to eventually get to all the stadiums. I would also love to watch a final four.
5.) What is your favorite WIS moment?
I always enjoy looking at the draft and if you were lucky enough to get one of your top ranked guys - same goes for IFA. I have been able to get a few of those guys that past 3 years, so hopefully can compete for a world series soon.
6.) What do you think is more important for an HBD team? A sure fire Ace? Strong pitching staff? Well rounded lineup? Speed, defense, coaching?
I think well rounded pitching a good defense are the keys. However, I haven't exactly won any titles yet, so I'm not sure my advise is very good...
7.) Which five people, past or present, sit at your dream roundtable discussion?
Jesus, Charles Barkley, Colin Powell, Mickey Mantle, Kate Upton
8.) What is your favorite or most memorable in-person sports moment?
When I was 18, I beat Trent Tucker in one on one - I bet him that if I won, he would have to fly me to NY for a Knicks game (this was in 1991). I beat him and he followed through. They played the Bulls. I was in the front row - was able to join him before and after game in locker room and at shoot around the day before. Got to meet Jordan after the game.
9.) If you could change one thing in HBD, what would it be?
Some method to shorten rollover time from season to season - not sure how to do that though...
10.) Do you have any favorite players past or present from any of your HBD team(s)?
Brian Fornataro - He was the first pick overall in this world.