CLEVELAND — Beyond the Dugout is back again virtually on Zoom. For years, 3News' morning anchor Dave Chudowsky has been interviewing Indians players, coaches and staff during Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. The segments air weekly on GO! in the morning on channel 3 and here on WKYC.com.
Due to the pandemic, Chudowsky did not travel to Arizona this year -- but that is not stopping him from asking the tough questions you want answered. Well, not really! The questions are fun and help fans get to know their favorite players better.
This week we have another veteran of the segment as Tribe pitcher Zach Plesac sat down with Chudowsky. The 26-year-old is in his third season with the Indians after being drafted by the Tribe in the 12th round of the 2016 MLB draft. Plesac impressed the organization with a solid rookie campaign in 2019 with a record of 8-6, 3.81 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 21 starts. He followed that up with these numbers in a shortened 2020 season: 4-2, 2.28 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 8 starts.
2021 has not been ideal for Plesac as he recently rejoined the Indians rotation after missing 45 days with a broken thumb. After his start on May 23, he injured his right thumb after taking off his undershirt following a poor performance against the Twins. But he's back again! The right-hander made his 12th start of the season Sunday in Oakland.
After putting Plesac on the hot seat for the second year in a row Chudowsky found out they both have something in common: A love for eggs -- especially dipping toast in his eggs.
“I used to be a scrambled eggs eater, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve switched over to the over-medium,” Plesac said.
Chudowsky also asked him what his favorite thing about Cleveland is?
“I think just the people here in Cleveland have a lot of loving characteristics," Plesac said.
Plesac was born in Crown Point, Indiana, and has a twin brother. You will have to watch the attached video to learn more about his relationship with his brother.