Jan. 30, 2014
By KAILEY ADAMS
OhioBobcats.com - Staff Writer
ATHENS, Ohio - With the 2014 Ohio University baseball season just around the corner, OhioBobcats.com sits down with some of last year's top players as they prepare for the upcoming year.
What's your best memory with the team?
"My freshman year when I hit my first home run against Bowling Green and got MAC East player of the week after that series. It felt good to get that title."
Who is your biggest rivalry in the MAC?
"Miami is obviously the biggest rivalry like they are in every sport. I also really like playing Kent State. They've been the top team all three years I've been here, so we always get pumped for that series."
Do you have any game day rituals?
"Not really, I'm not very superstitious like a lot of people. I just try to have a good time, relax and not get too serious about it."
What do you think of the freshmen this year?
"I really like the freshmen. I think they understand where us older guys are coming from. And they're adapting really quickly to Coach Smith's new program - faster than we thought they would."
What are you most excited for this season?
"Just having more players. Last year we lost a ton of pitchers and we had to ask position players to get on the mound, which was tough for them to do. So the fact that we have over twice as many pitchers as we did last year will really help us out. Just having more depth in general also really excites me. I think we'll be able to perform at a much better rate than we did last year."
What are your goals for the 2014 season?
"Last year I was hurt and only got to play in eight games. I'd really like to be able to play an entire season again and help the team in any way I can."
Who has been the biggest influence in your baseball career?
"I have two - my dad and my brother. My dad played at Bowling Green and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves after college. So I'm trying to follow in his footsteps. And my brother played baseball for Ohio Northern. Growing up, I wanted to be just like him. He let me be the batboy for his team when I was a little kid and that's really how I got into the game."
Do you model your game after any Major League player?
"Derek Jeter has always been my favorite player. He's a shortstop and I'm a second baseman, but I always love to watch him - just the amazing plays he can do."
Who is the best dancer on the team?
"Scott White said it was me in his interview. I can't say the same about him, though. He's a terrible dancer - and you can put that on there. But Ty Black thinks he's pretty good, so I might have to say him. Spencer Sapp also has some interesting moves."
What's the last movie you saw in theatres?
"Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg. It was intense."
If you could be any superhero, who would you be?
"I'd probably say Wolverine. He can regenerate and he has claws. He can live forever so that's pretty cool."
Do you have any idea what your walk-up song is going to be this season?
"I am leaning toward a hard rock song or some kind of rap. I'm not sure what exactly I'll do yet, though."
Which of your teammates is most likely to be a future President?
"Brad Przebieda. He's very political. He watches Good Morning America every morning. He likes to dress up in a suit and tie. He's just ridiculous."