On Milwaukee | Jim Owczarski
The 32-year-old outfielder was brought to Milwaukee in late March last year in a deal with the Washington Nationals for prospect Cutter Dykstra, and immediately became a fan favorite both for his play on the field and a gregarious personality.
One of his more notable Milwaukee experiences was when he was forwarded OnMilwaukee.com's 100 Things To Do In Milwaukee list, which included flying a kite. T-Plush took to the idea, and it went viral.
Since that time, he drove in the game-winning run in the National League Division Series, walked the red carpet at the "Twilight" movie premiere, had his own bobblehead day at Miller Park, and adopted a cat.
Despite being in Milwaukee for just over a year, it seems long overdue for a Milwaukee Talks with Morgan.
In uniform, he oozes confidence, swagger. Catch him over a bowl of peaches and cottage cheese, and he's reserved, introspective. The total package is why Milwaukee has fallen for the guy – and in this edition of Milwaukee Talks you see a bit of both as he opens up about the charities close to his heart, why he really adopted a cat, how he might save the life of a loved one, and those hipster shades that were seemingly everywhere, from Alterra to the NBA Finals.
OnMilwaukee.com: In going through your bio, one of the more interesting organizations you're involved with is the Options For Life Foundation, which "promotes alternative and complementary medicine in the treatment of cancer and other life threatening disease." How did you get involved in that unique cause?
OMC: You're also heavily involved in the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin.
NM: I got involved with that when I was still in D.C. and the reason I got involved was my cousin, she was 3 years old at the time, and she was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor on her kidney and that was another opportunity for me to just help out the cause of kidney disease. I think 700,000 Americans – something like that – African-Americans are diagnosed with kidney diseases and a lot of them don't have the money to get in line and get into the dietary program and stuff like that. It's so people can get in there. There are more serious people who are in need of getting a tumor (removed) and basically it's more for people to get bumped up in line who are in more serious need.