Let’s get a few things straight: Upstate New York grows great apples. Upstate New York has vibrant rolling hills. And upstate New York is one of the only places you’ll find apple cider donuts (seriously, if you see one, grab it, they’re awesome). What upstate New York isn’t known for is producing athletes with fantasy team relevance.
This year, showing a clear lack of respect for tradition, Casper Wells is defying that trend. At this point I should probably apologize to the Capital Region’s Tim Stauffer, Brendan Harris and John Lannan. And I should also clarify “upstate” to mean Albany/the tri-city region, so that none of you smarty pants’ can point out that Joe Nathan is technically from upstate.
So, with great pride and a sense of James Lipton on Bradley Cooper, I present to you, the second installment of Inside The Baseball Studio (a project where I ask actual “Inside The Actor Studio” questions to actual ballplayers and get their real answers). Tonight we have the 518’s very own…Casper Wells….
He’d like me to start this with the preface that many of his answers are tailored to fit baseball…
1. What is your favorite word?
Uhhh, Tight?.. (Valverde’s) is probably “shut up.” [as Valverde walks by,]
2. What is our least favorite word?
3. What turns you on?
What turns me?! Hitting baseballs solid.
4. What turns you off?
Umm, these are all pertaining to baseball, just so you know… probably striking out.
5. What sound do you love?
The ball hitting the bat.
6. What sound do you hate?
These aren’t cliche answers either. These are honest answers…What sound do I hate? Babies crying.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
I don’t even know if I should answer that one…but if others have said that one (f*ck) I’ll go with it. That’s a good one.
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I’d definitely like to be in film or television somehow. I went to school for that so I would want to be involved in television or film, probably living out here (Los Angeles). I’d do a little producing and acting. I mean, I have had experience, minimal, but I’ve been around the acting world. I’ve had some success with my acting abilities with the little experience I’ve had. So that’s something I’d like to dabble with if I wasn’t playing baseball.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
I would not want to work retail.
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I’ve been waiting a long time for you, now enjoy paradise.