DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke baseball team returns to action Tuesday, March 26, at Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior catcher/outfielder Jeff Kremer to learn more about the Portland, Ore., native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Jeff Kremer: Probably when we took two out of three from Carolina my freshman year. It was really fun. My mom went to North Carolina, so it was good to beat them just to poke at my mom. She was rooting for us, but it was still fun to beat her school and to beat our rivals.
GoDuke.com: What is the most misunderstood thing about your sport?
JK: It’s got to be that it’s boring. If you think baseball is a boring game it’s just because you don’t really know the game well enough. It’s not a very surface level game. You got to know a lot about the game within the game.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite spot on campus?
JK: Definitely ABP, Au Bon Pain. It has good food; the people that work there are nice. I just chill out there a lot.
GoDuke.com: What was your favorite food as a child?
JK: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had one of those every day for I think about six straight years. It was more that I had less refined taste buds than the rest of my family does, and so any time my mom would make something that I didn’t like, she’d tell me, ‘You can eat it or make your own dinner.’ So I’d go make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
GoDuke.com: What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
JK: What chore don’t I absolutely hate doing? My room just … [Josh] Ruffin, my roommate, gets on me all the time about cleaning and doing laundry. It gets done, but it’s a struggle.
GoDuke.com: If you could pick anyone, who would you choose as your mentor?
JK: Hank Aaron. I want to be able to hit like that guy.
GoDuke.com: Who’s been the biggest influence on your life?
JK: Definitely my father. He and I are a lot alike. I’m happy to get to see him any time he gets to come around here, which is more often this year. He’s the one that had a baseball bat in my hand before I could walk and he’s trained me all these years. He’s been the best coach I’ve ever had.
GoDuke.com: What’s your favorite midnight snack?
JK: Whatever’s in the vending machine in the basement of my dorm. A lot of times it’s beef jerky. A lot of times it’s Famous Amos cookies.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents?
JK: All of the sort of baseball fidgety things, I’m pretty good at those. One time I balanced a bat on my finger for 10 minutes. It was in high school I was waiting to get picked up by my parents. I’m just sitting there and I wondered, ‘How long can I do this for?’ Then my finger got tired.
GoDuke.com: What’s the one possession you can’t live without?
JK: I’m going to go with, definitely my fake flow hair. It’s just so much utility. It keeps my neck warm when it’s cold. When it’s hot, it keeps the back of my neck from getting sun burnt. Really it’s an all-purpose item.
GoDuke.com: What is the best advice you ever received?
JK: That’s going to come from my dad. He told me, ‘Jeff, there are two types of baseball players - those that are humble and those that soon will be.’ He told me to be the first one.