Mike Blowers interviews
of Dodgerblues.com's many Mike correspondents was able to catch
up with Dodger closer Eric Gagne at a nearby restaurant.
Blowers: I guess the most important question Dodger fans want
to know, is how your brother is doing?
Gagne: My brother?
Yeah, your brother Greg Gagne. We played for the Dodgers together
back in '96.
We aren't related. His last name is pronounced GAG-nee. My name
is pronounced the French way.
I'm glad you brought up that you're Canadian. Does it bother you
when your teammates call you a frostback?
My teammates haven't called me a frostback.
Don't be naïve, Eric. They've also called you "Fatty Gagne,"
"Canadian Sumo," and "El Jefe Gordo."
waitress shows up with our food order. Gagne's plate consists of
a porterhouse the size of a phonebook, mashed potatoes and gravy,
steamed vegetables, corn on the cob, biscuits, BBQ pork ribs, baked
beans, coleslaw, a side of pork chops and some apple sauce. I get
a roast beef sandwich.
Just a little snack before dinner.
What's up with that accent of yours?
I didn't learn English until I was in junior college in Oklahoma.
Learn English? I thought you said you were Canadian?
I'm from the French speaking part of Canada.
When you were growing up, who did you look up to?
I enjoyed watching Guy Carboneau, Eric Desjardins, John LeClair
Whoah, whoah, whoah. What's with all the Frenchies? Are they minor
No, they played hockey for the Montreal Canadiens when I was a kid.
Hockey? Oh, Eric we can't put that in the interview. People will
think you're a stupid frostback.
And you got some beans in your goatee.
runs his fingers through his beard causing a large serving of beans
to cascade down on to his plate.
What's it like in the bullpen? Who do you hang out with?
I usually hang out in the dugout for the first seven innings. If
I'm in the 'pen, I have to fight Wilson Alvarez for food. In the
dugout, I can do whatever I want.
Who do you hang with in the bullpen?
I like hanging with Paul Shuey and Paul Shuey's friend
know, Martin something.
Let's talk about your streak.
Seventy-eight consecutive converted save opportunities is certainly
something that I am proud of. But I don't really care about individual
achievements. I care more about-
I'm talking about your streak of two and half seasons of wearing
that diseased hat.
The hat is actually brand new. Everybody thinks its old but I put
on a new one every game and I sweat through it during my warm-up
tosses in the bullpen. I have a bad gland problem.
Thanks for your time, Eric. Anything else you'd like to add?
Are you going to eat that?