Vine Line EXTRA: Profiling Micah Hoffpauir
The following story was published in the March issue of Vine Line, as part of the semi-regular feature “The Profile.” Select the page below to see a PDF of the full page, and don’t forget to subscribe to Vine Line for more!
“To me, [the minors] is a transition stage, where you pay your dues, do your time, and work towards your ultimate goal of playing in the big leagues everyday.”
Hoffpauir finally got a taste of the big leagues last summer when an injury to Daryle Ward gave him the call for which he had been waiting. It came when the Iowa Cubs were in Round Rock, Texas, roughly three hours from where Hoffpauir grew up. Hoffpauir received a phone call from Pat Listach, then the Iowa Cubs manager, saying that he wanted to see him.
“I was kind of nervous; I was thinking this is either really good or I am going home.” When Listach showed up at his room, he informed Hoffpauir that he was going to Chicago. “I got the chills, and I looked at my wife and she was sniffling. It was awesome. I called my family, and since they were in the same hotel, you heard a lot of screams up and down the halls.”
Despite being sent back to Iowa, Hoffpauir put up stellar numbers for the I-Cubs. In 71 games at Iowa, he set career highs with 25 homers and 100 RBIs, along with a .362 average and 34 doubles after missing the first month with a strained left oblique.
Hoffpauir hopes that his success in the minor leagues can translate into a spot on the big-league roster and that he can experience another postseason rally in October.
“I can’t wait to play for these fans. I think their enthusiasm helps us play the way we do,” he said.
Original article by Kerry Kerness