Copyright 2006 Oshawa Dodgers
LHP Ian Okorofsky comes to the Dodgers
from the Thornhill Reds of the Leaside Junior
League.  Ian will work out of the Dodgers
bullpen in 2006.
1. What was the first sport that you played?        
T-Ball

2.  At what age did you start playing baseball and at what level?        
5. I signed with the Chicago Cubs out of pre-school. Just kidding, I played
house league

3.  What number do you wear and is there any significance to
it?        
I've worn a bunch of numbers. My favourite would have to be #24, Junior
on the Mariners

4.  Day games or Night games and why?        
Day games. I like them because the sun is shining, the weather is great,
and lots of people come out and just sit in the sun and enjoy the game

5.  What is your favourite meal to prepare?        
Chips. All you have to do is open the bag.

6.  What is your favourite restaurant to eat at?        
Baton Rouge

7.  How do you want to be remembered when you leave the
Dodgers?        
A great team guy. Someone who gave it all on the field and did whatever
was needed whenever it was needed.

8.  If you could have dinner with three people, living or deceased,
who would they be?        
My late grandmother Millie, Ken Griffey Jr., and Bill Cosby

9.  What is your dream job outside of playing baseball?
Actor

10.  What are your pet peeves?
People who ride their bicycle on the road when I'm trying to drive. I can't
even explain how much I hate that.

11.  Do you have any phobias?
Not really..not exactly a fan of spiders..but that’s it.

12.  What is your favourite television show?        
Family Guy and PTI

13.  If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items
would you have with you?        
Laptop with internet access, a pickle barrel restaurant, and a beautiful girl
that is really funny. Gotta keep me entertained in both ways.

14.  If you could trade places with one person, who would it be and
why?
Matt Lineart, but only last year Matt Lineart. To be the King of USC with so
many fine women walking around that all know who you are.. that's the life.

15.  Do you have any bad habits?        
Biting my nails during sports

16.  Why should fans come out and watch the Oshawa Dodgers?
We're going to be a fun team. A lot of Character guys who will play hard for
the full 9 every time out.

17.  Who is your role model/mentor?
My dad. He has taught me everything in life and is an amazing father. I
want to be to my kids what he has been to my brothers & myself.   
              

18.  Who have been the most influential people in your baseball
career?        
My family. My parents and brothers have been at all of my games since
day 1. You'll all know my brother very soon, he'll be the one cheering his
head off that’s not in the Dodgers jersey.

19.  What should younger players in the game do to keep
improving to get to the next level?        
Work hard, don’t slack. But never take the game so seriously that it effects
you off the field. Let baseball be fun, work hard, and you will be successful
and love it.

20.  What are your baseball/career goals?        
To be an effective pitcher at any level that I'm playing. Career goals would
be to open a successful business that has yet to be determined.

21.  Detail three Career Highlights:        
Pitching in the SkyDome, Going 8-0 with a 0.00 era in my Senior year at
Thornhill S.S. while winning the MVP award, and striking out 9 last year on
my birthday in front of all my friends and family.

22.  How do you spend your time when you are not playing
baseball?
Hang out with my boys, and ladies. Surf the net, hit up the TO night life,
just chill out and have some fun.

23.  What other sports did you play growing up or are still
playing?        
Basketball. I started playing in grade 7 and played high school ball & a
year of rep..but now I just play pick-up games with my buddies.

24.  Do you expect it to be any easy transition from Junior baseball
to Intercounty baseball?
Not at all. The hitters are much bigger, stronger and smarter than the ones
I've faced in Junior. But I'm ready for it.

25.  Why did you want to become an Oshawa Dodger?
I was actually pitching against the Oshawa Juniors last season and all the
Dodgers were out watching the game. The camaraderie and energy of the
team during the Oshawa Junior game was insane. They are a young team
with lots of energy, a great bunch of guys with a first-class coaching staff.

26.  Do you have any superstitions?
I'm pretty insane when I pitch. Warm gatorade, hop the lines, take my hat
off in between innings, stretch out my neck on the mound before the first
batter, take off my glove after every out…it'll be quite the going show.

27.  What is the best present you have ever received?
A car from my brother Brandon

28.  If you could face any player in baseball history, who would it be
and why?
Either Rey Ordonez because he's the best chance I have of getting out a
Major Leaguer, or Mark McGwire circa '98, but with an aluminium bat..to
see if he could hit the ball over 700 feet.
Q&A WITH...
Greg Speed
Chris Sereda
Connor May
Ryan Crotin
Ken Calway
Brad McConnachie
Jamie May
Scott Robinson
Brett Prosper
Troy May
Matt Tosoni
Craig Megill
Ben Chisholm
Brian Sewell
Mike Prosper
Pat Smith
Mike Welbourne
Aaron Gordon
Adam Garner
Nick DeSanctis
Tyler Curran