Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/15/12
MINNEAPOLIS What began as a simple curiosity about Sasquatch after watching a few television shows has turned into a bit of an obsession for 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 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 Big Foot, 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, alright.' I've seen Harry and the Hendersons.' It could happen."Duensing is not a Big Foot 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."According to some including Swarzak there have been Sasquatch sightings in Minnesota, particularly in St. Louis County in the far northeast region of the state. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization tracks the number of Bigfoot reports in each state. St. Louis County has indeed had the most reported "sightings" (11) of any county in Minnesota, according to the organization, most recently in October of 2009. Itasca County has witnessed eight reports, while Beltrami County has had six, as recently as December 2010. But Swarzak said his ideal spot to search for Sasquatch would be elsewhere."If I could go anywhere in the country, I would go to Marble Mountain in northern California," he said.For now, however, Swarzak is at the receiving end of good-natured ribbing from his Twins teammates but that hasn't changed his belief that Sasquatch is out there. Somewhere. "I don't have anybody jumping on the train. (Glen) Perkins thinks I'm an idiot, but that's OK," Swarzak said. "It's something that I like. It's something that in my spare time I like to read about on the Internet and stuff like that. I think they're real."Said Duensing: "Everyone else is going to look like a fool if he's right."Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter
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