The Phillies lost Aaron Rowand this off-season, and that created a void offensively and defensively.

The Phillies think Shane Victorino will do just fine in center field.

But who replaces Rowand's bat? The Phillies hope outfielder Geoff Jenkins, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, can help fill Rowand's hole in the lineup.

Jenkins was in Allentown last week as part of the Phillies' annual winter caravan. We figure there's plenty of time in spring training to ask him about his new team, new role and helping replace Rowand, so we asked him a few non-baseball questions:

Question:

You're hosting a charity poker tournament in Arizona Monday?

Answer:

Yeah, it's in Scottsdale. It's for the Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix. We're generating between $50,000 and $60,000. It's all going to go to charity. People have donated prizes like TVs, and prizes go to those who finish in the top six.

Q:

Who's going to be there?

A:

Unfortunately, there aren't any other Phillies. But, next year, I'll try to get them to go there. I'll lobby for some guys to come in. Paul Konerko. Jermaine Dye. Grady Sizemore. Justin Morneau. Billy Hall. J.J. Hardy. A lot of the Diamondbacks players. Then we've got Javon Walker. Larry Fitzgerald. Matt Hughes, the ultimate fighter. There are others, too.

Q:

What kind of poker player are you?

A:

I don't play enough to be great. I played in Eddie Guardado's poker tournament before, and I think I finished seventh in that. But I don't consider myself Phil Hellmuth or anything.

Q:

So you don't see yourself in the World Series of Poker once your baseball career is over?

A:

That would be fun - just to say, one time, that you did it.

Q:

So what else do you like to do?

A:

I love playing golf. I'm still trying to work on that part of my game. Going to the movies. Video games. I'm your basic guy's guy.

Q:

You're big into fantasy football. How many leagues are you in?

A:

I'm in four regular leagues and one salary-cap league.

Q:

How do you keep it straight?

A:

I don't know how everybody else does it, but I try to get the same players - guys you think are going to do good. Get your team looking all the same, so if you do well, you do well in all of them.

Q:

But then if you have a bad draft . . .

A:

There's no such thing as that.

Q:

It sounds like you've had some success.

A:

I've done well. Last year I had to file a W-2 for my winnings. (Laughs.) If that's the form you'd fill out for something like that.

Q:

So how'd you do in your leagues this year?

A:

This is the first year I didn't win a title in about six years.

Q:

That must leave a sour taste in your mouth.

A:

I traded for Adrian Peterson, and he kind of faded on me down the stretch.

Q:

A lot of people think you look like Brett Favre. Any good stories?

A:

I have actually had my lunch bought for me several times, probably about four or five times. The tab is just paid for, and it was because they thought I was Brett. I actually had a guy drop a note on my table, underneath my newspaper and just walked away. He didn't want to bother me. And then I turned over the note and it said, "You had some great games last year." He was definitely talking about football.

Q:

I guess what's strange is that you actually played in the same state as Favre for so long.

A:

If you can't like Brett Favre . . . He's a tremendous person and athlete. He's like the Bible [in Wisconsin]. He's such a big character there. He's such a good guy - so whenever it happens, all I can do is smile and laugh.

Q:

So are you getting adjusted to being with a new team?

A:

Until I get to Florida and start hanging out with the guys - that's really when you're going to gel with guys and learn about them. I'm really looking forward to that. I'm getting to know [Brett] Myers on this trip. It's obviously a growing experience and a learning experience. It's something new for me. I'm excited. I'm having fun.

Q:

Are you going to miss Milwaukee?

A:

When you play in a place for so long, you can't ignore that. I don't want to ignore that. Obviously, I would have liked to win more. That was one of the big things about coming [to the Phillies]. I think the team is set to win ball games. They know the way. That's what you want to be part of.

Contact staff writer Todd Zolecki at 215-854-4874 or tzolecki@phillynews.com. Read his blog at http://go.philly.com/zozone.