He grew up just outside Philly, a lifelong Phillies and Philadelphia sports fan. Now, Mike McGuire is pitching in the Phillies organization. The right-hander sat down for a few minutes before Monday’s double-header in Delmarva.
How did it come about where you ended up here from Sussex in the Can-Am League?
It was a quick transaction. I went to the park, we were playing the NJ Jackals, I get a call from the manager and he said I might get a call from a team, I don’t know what team. 10 minutes later I did, it happened to be the Phillies and I was in a Lakewood uniform two days later.
What was your reaction when you found out that it was the Phillies?
The biggest thing is I couldn’t wait to tell my parents. They’ve been Phillies fans longer than I have. It was real exciting and it’s been fun so far.
Favorite player growing up?
My favorite player was Curt Schilling. I loved how he pitched. Even when he was with the Diamondbacks or Boston. I lvoe his demeanor on the mound and the way he throws the ball. It’s a pleasure to watch.
Delaware to the Indians…
I thought I pitched pretty well last year. I made some strides and got called up to Hi-A halfway through the year last year. But when I got to spring training, they took a different direction. That’s the way it goes.
The independent leagues gives guys an extra chance…
Absolutely. It’s a great opportunity. Not only is that a great way to keep in shape, but it’s a great learning experience .You face guys that were in the big leagues, AAA, AA. You’re definitely learning. And if you get that second chance, hopefully you take advantage of it.
At 6-7, were you a basketball player?
Football player, basketball. I loved it all. I picked baseball because we were a baseball family. It was my first sport. I love football just as much but a few surgeries ended that. But I love baseball.
Five Innings on Sunday, how’d you feel…
Not bad. I felt like the location of the fastball could have been a little better but I made some quality pithces and attacked hitters. They put some in play & got a few runs but overall it was a good outing. I need to go five innings to help the pen out after the 18 inning game from the night before.
At what point did you figure out you were coming in Sunday rather than Monday which was the original plan?
It was before the game. Schrenky asked if I could be ready and I said ‘Absolutely.’ I’ll take the bsall whenever I can.