Personality Test: John Wehner
By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh native John Wehner joined the Pirates broadcast team prior to the 2005 season. Nicknamed “Rock,” he serves as an analyst on both radio and TV, working all road games and a handful of games played at PNC Park on the North Shore.
Wehner has spent a total of 22 seasons in the Pittsburgh organization (1988-1996, 1999-2001 and 2003-2012). Prior to being named to the broadcast team, he spent time as a coach with Double-A Altoona Curve (2002-2004) after serving the Pirates as a special instructor during spring training in 2002.
Wehner saw his last action in the major leagues with the Pirates in 2001. He hit the last home run in the history of Three Rivers Stadium and also made the final out. In 11 seasons in the major leagues, Wehner compiled a .249 batting average, hit four home runs and collected 54 RBIs in 461 games. In addition, he shares the major-league record of playing 99 consecutive errorless games at third base.
Wehner is a graduate of Carrick High School and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where he played baseball for three years. He resides in Cranberry with his wife, Brandie, and has five children.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
My wife says Jeffrey Dean Morgan (wishful thinking).
Not just one, the entire '79 World Series Pirates team; I idolized them all. I knew all their stances. I would try to emulate them in the neighborhood wiffle-ball games.
B. Goo Goo Dolls
C. Lady Gaga
D. Yo Gabba Gabba
Goo Goo Dolls. They have a few good songs; the other three are awful.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
My first over-the-fence home-run ball. I was playing for the Carrick little-league Tigers; I hit it off of Timmy Gruber.
The superpower I wish I had in real life:
Invisibility. It would be awesome to go around unnoticed.
I can't live without my iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?
Cell phone; how did we live without them?
My favorite reality show:
“America's Got Talent.” “The Voice” is a close second.
App I wish I could invent:
One that would turn my phone into a taser; the fun you could have with that.
Favorite lunchtime spot:
In five years, I'd like to:
Be as happy and healthy as I am now.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A Pittsburgh Pirate
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Jesus, JFK and J. Edgar Hoover
The movie that always makes me cry:
“I Am Sam”
I'm deathly afraid of:
My girls dating.
Exercise I hate most:
One word my mother would use to describe me:
Favorite (I'm one of six.)
TV marathon I could watch all day:
“24,” nonstop twists and turns
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Swedish fish Celebrity crush:
The person I'm most often mistaken for:
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“Steamroller” by James Taylor.
E. I hate sports
Pirates. I'm living my dream. As long as I can remember I wanted to be a Pirate: 23 years and counting.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Tie between (sons) Brandon and Tyler Wehner
The first band I saw in concert:
Genesis, Three Rivers Stadium, late '80s
The best concert I've ever seen:
Favorite brunch food:
Chick-fil-A chicken mini
Something I would do over if I could:
My baseball career; there was nothing like playing in the big leagues. I would like to think I would do a little better the second time around.
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
In high school, I was:
Saturday mornings, you'll find me:
Top thing on my “bucket list” to do before I'm gone:
Travel the world
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
My most embarrassing junk food:
Is there such a thing? I am not embarrassed to say that I love junk food.
If I wasn't a Pirates televi sion and radio broadcaster, I'd be:
Coaching or managing somewhere.
The last book I read:
The Hunger Games trilogy
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:
I don't dance, but my girls would say “Big Papa.”
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Fiori's on Capital in Brookline, second to none
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
My favorite website:
The Weather Channel
My most memorable fashion mistake:
Wearing Pirates' pajamas to grade school
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
A CIA agent
My childhood nickname:
My favorite “bad” movie:
My first job:
A pin boy at Carrick Eagles. I set up bowling pins for five years.
My worst job:
Working at Allegheny Warehouse; loved the work and the people, hated being there at 6 a.m.
The oldest thing in my re frigerator:
Chocolate one of the girls is hiding
My favorite cable channel:
Life would be better without:
Ignorance, arrogance and bad drivers.
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
James Taylor and Phil Collins
I never travel without my:
People would be surprised to know that I:
Work at Chick-fil-A when I'm off. You'll find me at the fry station. (My wife owns one.)
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich with pepper jack, lettuce and tomato
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