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Beyond the Dugout: Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand talks players he admires, kids' favorite songs

He apparently knows 'Frozen" by heart!

CLEVELAND — Time for the latest edition of "Beyond the Dugout"!

Today, we hear from Indians closer Brad Hand, who has made the All-Star team the last three years. He sat down with 3News' Dave Chudowsky back in the spring (before the COVID-19 pandemic) to talk about his favorite career memory, the players he admires, and even the songs he sings with his kids. (He apparently knows "Frozen" by heart!)

Watch the full interview in the player above, or follow along with a transcript below.

Chudowsky: You know this drill, you did it last year and you've come back!

Hand: Yeah!

Chudowsky: I feel like that's a good sign.

Hand: (laughs) Didn't let me know what I was getting into. (laughs)

Credit: AP
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Brad Hand throws during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Miami. The Indians won 7-4. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chudowsky: Ah…I see. Alright, okay. Well, I have you on the hot seat again, so let's try it again. First one, who is your biggest competitor in the league and why?

Hand: I'd have to say probably [Padres closer] Kirby Yates. He's, you know, one of my good friends. When I was there in San Diego, we were always competing with each other, you know. I still keep in contact with him, and you know he's another closer, so I feel like we're always battling with each other.

Chudowsky: Okay, on any team, who's the one batter you hate to face?

Hand: Um, probably [the Nationals'] Ryan Zimmerman. When I was in Miami I, faced him a lot. He always seemed to have my number.

Chudowsky: Yeah...What player in baseball today do you admire the most and why?

Hand: I'd say Clayton Kershaw. I just love the way he works, you know. He puts in a lot of time, a lot of effort, works hard. Just always enjoyed watching him pitch.

Chudowsky: What's the best moment in your career so far?

Hand: I'd probably just say making it to the big leagues. It's everybody's goal, you know, to make it to the big leagues, and then have a long career, so when you get that call that you're going to the big leagues it's pretty special.

Chudowsky: This is kind of a loaded one, alright, you ready for this? What is the best part of being you?

Hand: Wow...Just to be able to play baseball every single day. We're playing a kids game every single day. It's just fun, you know? This is what we work to be when we're kids, and to be able to live that out as adults now, it's pretty fun.

Chudowsky: No doubt. Every great answer has a sequel: What's the worst part of being you?

Hand:  I mean that's tough!  I don't know, you'd probably have to ask my wife what's the worst part about me. (laughs)

Chudowsky: Can we get her on the horn right now?

Hand: Yeah…

Chudowsky: She hasn’t let you know yet?  

Hand: Yeah, No.

Chudowsky: No…Favorite thing to do with the family.

Hand: Just spending time with them, hang out by the pool. We live in Florida, so during the offseasons we spend a lot of time at the pool or the beach just watching them grow up and get big. It's fun!

Chudowsky: Do you have a favorite song you sing with them or..?

Hand: My oldest one's into the new Elsa, so we seem to watch that probably three times a day so…I know all the words to those. 

Chudowsky: You got it down?

Hand:  Yeah.

Chudowsky: Can you give it to me?

Hand: I'm not very good I don't want to do that.

Chudowsky: I cannot get anyone to ever sing on this!

Hand: No!