Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 23rd, 2012
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As FSN’s Tyler Mason reports, MLB’s Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak is a big believer in Bigfoot.
What began as a simple curiosity about Sasquatch after watching a few television shows has turned into a bit of an obsession for Minnesota Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak — or so say his teammates.
Swarzak downplays his passion and interest in Sasquatch, otherwise known as Bigfoot. But ask those in Minnesota’s clubhouse, and they’ll tell you it’s more than just a passing fancy for the right-hander.
“He’s obsessed with it,” said fellow reliever Brian Duensing. “He believes they’re real. He really wants to find one. He is adamant that they are around.”
Indeed, Swarzak will admit that he believes Sasquatch truly exists. His fascination first began when he watched the television shows “Finding Bigfoot” and “MonsterQuest,” both of which are aimed at locating the elusive ape-like creature.
From there, Swarzak’s interest in Sasquatch has grown.
“(I’m) just watching YouTube videos here and there and reading up on different articles all over the country,” he said. “It’s just something that I kind of like, that I’m into, I guess.”
Swarzak, 26, has had a hard time convincing his teammates that Sasquatch is real. Outfielder Trevor Plouffe is the only other fellow believer in the clubhouse, Swarzak said.
“I think there’s a possibility,” Plouffe said of Sasquatch. “I think there’s places in our world that are uninhabitable for humans and could be inhabitable for other creatures, just like the deep sea. . . .
“I find the information that’s out there interesting. In saying that, I have a lot of questions, and a lot of times you don’t even find answers to those questions. (Swarzak’s) kind of like my go-to guy.”
Because the rest of the Twins don’t believe in Bigfoot, Swarzak has taken some grief in the locker room for his newfound hobby.
“A lot of people give him a hard time,” Duensing said. “I remember out of nowhere in spring training, he starts talking about it. I was like, ‘Oh, all right.’ I’ve seen ‘Harry and the Hendersons.’ It could happen.”
Duensing is not a Bigfoot believer — not yet, at least — but he is curious enough to eventually accompany Swarzak on a “Squatching” mission later this year. Duensing said the two relievers are hoping to head to northern Minnesota in September, likely when the Twins have an off day, and search for Sasquatch.
“I’m the only one that won’t give him a hard time about it,” Duensing said. “And I’m kind of curious and would like to go.”
Swarzak said there’s no Squatching trip officially planned yet but added, “It’s definitely something that I would like to do.”
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.