Seven Questions with Rob Flippo, Dodgers' Bullpen Catcher
LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.Today's subject is Rob Flippo.
Rob Flippo is one of the Bullpen Catchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rob, who was previously a coach at the college ranks at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, describes the job as "the manual labor that's involved with the game." While that may not sound as glamorous as say being the Dodgers' starting catcher or even their emergency catcher, Rob will tell you that he "is absolutely living a dream." As Rob says, "I'm a huge fan of the game who gets paid to be a part of it at the highest level."
Rob, who has served as the Dodgers Bullpen Catcher since 2001 and is one of the few Bullpen Catchers in baseball with a Wikipedia page (he didn't know he had a Wikipedia page, "Really? I had no idea") took some time out before last Friday's game to give LAist a call to talk about the job, what goes on in the bullpen and a little about what it's like to watch "Manny being Manny" on a daily basis.