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March 03, 2008
March 03, 2008

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March 3, 2008

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The Interview
Travis Hafner
INDIANS DH

This is an article from the March 3, 2008 issue

Hafner, training in Winter Haven, Fla., is, at 30, entering his seventh major league season.

Dan Patrick: When is the last time you thought about losing that 3--1 series lead to the Red Sox in the ALCS?

Travis Hafner: You think about it here and there, but the best thing to do is try to move on.

DP: What would make you think about it?

TH: You could see a TV commercial showing the Red Sox winning it.

DP: Strangest thing you've done as a DH between at bats.

TH: Probably check a fantasy football score online.

DP: Are you any good at fantasy football?

TH: Yeah, I've won our team league the last three years. My team name is Pronktably Unbeatable.

DP: How much privacy do you get when you take a drug test?

TH: None. The tester is there.

DP: How much conversation do you have with him?

TH: [Laughs.] I just try to get it done as quick as possible.

DP: So when you're having dinner with your wife, does she ever say, "How did the urine test go today?"

TH: [Laughs.] No, I don't think I'd want to have that conversation.

DP: You were the valedictorian of your high school....

TH: I just like to say I finished in the top 10 of my class. We had only eight people.

DP: If I went to your hometown of Sykeston, North Dakota, how long would it take for me to get into some trouble?

TH: I don't know if you can get into trouble, because we don't have a cop in the town.

DP: Could you buy your hometown? For $10 million, could you own Sykeston?

TH: Maybe I'm wrong, but I would guess you could do it for a million. It's not very big. I'd say it's less than a mile wide.

DP: Do you know who's on Mount Rushmore?

TH: Washington, Roosevelt ... is Lincoln?

DP: Abe is up there.

TH: Jefferson?

DP: Yes. Look at you, valedictorian.

TH: I just saw National Treasure 2, so that helped me.

THE FINE PRINT: Wladimir Klitschko won an easy decision over Sultan Ibragimov to unify the heavyweight title. Yeah, it was the unification of boredom and tedium.

Go to DANPATRICK.COM to listen to recent interviews and to hear live audio of Dan's radio show, 9 a.m. to noon ET, Mon.--Fri.

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