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 PADRES Magazine - June/July 2002 - Vol. 2002, No.3



Ryan Klesko

by Andrea Mallis


Ryan Klesko

Multifaceted Gemini Ryan Klesko was born on June 12th, 1971. Gemini is an intellectual air sign, so it's fitting that Ryan is bright, curious, flexible, and eager for new experience. Although his attention is sometimes fleeting, restless Ryan, the eternal student, grasps ideas quickly and craves novelty. A social creature, Ryan has a strong need to communicate and interact. He's no fan of those who limit personal freedom. Mischievous Ryno likes to exercise his mental and physical powers, and is happiest swept up in some sort of commotion.

Independent and freethinking, Ryan's mind works in an intuitive, nonlinear fashion, with sudden bursts of inspiration. Since he prefers to taste everything, concentration and disciplined study may not be his strong points. He thrives in a fast-paced atmosphere, with work that involves movement, travel, and variety. The baseball life suits him to a tee. A real go-getter who relishes competition, self-confidence and follow-through make Klesko a winner.

Ryan often does the unexpected to stir people up out of their ruts. He can be impatient, even defiant at times, abounding in brash, erratic energy. Not one to back down from a fight, Ryan's part in spring training brawls resulted in a four-game suspension. Philosophical Ryan reflected, "I did what I had to do and he did what he had to do, and it's over with." An earlier bad boy image had Ryan's walk up music blare "Bad to the Bone." Focused on recognition and admiration, willful Ryan likes to get his way. He's fascinated with authority, yet rebellious towards it-a paradox that holds the potential for great leadership. His impatience with regulations reveals a strong, unconventional side, yet enigmatically, hints of the conservative appear as well. For one so fiercely individualistic, learning to balance the need for security with the urge for freedom and experimentation is an important life lesson. Chameleon-like Gemini represents the sign of the twins: changeable and dualistic. Just when you think you have them figured out, they diverge! Gemini energy is flirtatious and insatiably curious-forever wondering who's up next.

Possessing a far-reaching outlook, daily routine gets far too dull for Ryan. He's inclined to travel, daydream, or fantasize on a grand scale. Times of retreat or meditation can help soothe Gemini's nerves, as they seesaw between optimism/faith and doubt/limitation. It is this willingness to embrace variation and to undergo deep transformative experience that gives Ryan a boost. He's also socially oriented and active in community affairs. Ryan's Mars in humanitarian Aquarius has him championing the underdog. Progressive and democratic, he's the consummate team player, always willing to lend a hand.

A fan favorite, signed through the 2004 season, Ryan Klesko is thrilled to be returning to the San Diego Padres, after a reign with the Atlanta Braves. Ryan exclaimed, "Playing here is a dream of mine, and I feel that this club is really on the right track to get back to winning." Ryan led the Padres' surge in May of 2001, batting .354 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs-the best stats in all of baseball that year, and the most ever by a Padre in a single month. He gets himself in favorable pitch counts by being highly selective. Expeditious throughout the hitting area, he unleashes a mighty force. Most power hitters are not usually speed demons on the bases, but Ryan has the best of both worlds. Blessed with a captivating blend of pulse and power, Ryan hit 30 homers and stole 23 bases, leading all major league first basemen in stolen bases. Only five other Padres have recorded 20-20 seasons. A consistent power threat, Ryan has socked at least 20 home runs in 5 of the last 6 seasons. When asked to describe his style of play in an earlier Braves magazine interview, unwavering Ryan shared, "You're only in the game so long, why not play hard when you're here? I'm not here for style points-I'm out there to play hard." Fearless in the face of pressure, Ryan hit .333 with runners in scoring positions-just the guy you want at the plate when the game's on the line! He's confident in the clutch, possessing a mighty swing, nimble bat, and a razor sharp eye for balls and strikes. He doesn't run low on style either!

After building power numbers last year, Ryan stole 23 bases in 27 attempts and appeared in his first All-Star game. Continuing his potent offensive, he's the 6th Padre to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in a season, and to also hit 30 homers while driving in 113 runs (most ever by a San Diego first baseman). As variety is the spice of life for Gemini, adaptable Ryan continues to patrol the outfield, equipped with a far-reaching arm that easily traverses the expanse of Qualcomm.

Ryan Klesko provides colossal left-handed clout-a perfect balance to right-handed hitter Phil Nevin, in a walloping three-four punch for the San Diego Padres. This summer Klesko's reputation continues to build, as his star power on and off the field also rises. He's got charisma, an appealing openness, and the fluid Gemini ability to become all things to all people. In the prime of his career, and shining in the limelight, Ryan Klesko is truly on a celestial peak!

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Andrea Mallis is an avid baseball fan, creator of Virgo in Service Astrological Consulting, and the official astrologer on Oakland A's radio "Extra Innings". Her numerous sports astrology profiles have appeared in magazines for the Padres, A's, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Tigers and Rangers. Let Andrea guide you with your game! Residing in Berkeley, California, she can be contacted at 510-874-4911, or

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