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Best experience in college: College World Series, definitely, was the best thing that’s ever happened to my baseball career. Growning up, there’s a tournament up there for 9-10 year olds and I got to go play up there and we saw a few games at Rosenblatt. To play there later meant so much more.
Did you play football like most kids growing up in Texas? I played football from the time when I was 10 through my senior year in high school, I loved every minute of it. I had a few chances to play college football but I committed to play baseball at Texas. A few smaller schools looked at me. Iowa was probably the biggest one. I was a middle linebacker.
Why did you settle on baseball? Growing up, my dad played baseball, so did his whole side of the family. My dad played for the Expos. My grandfather played in the Dodgers organization. Growing up, the first thing my dad had me do was play baseball, from when I was four.
What does it mean for a Texas high schooler to go on and play athletically at Texas? It means a lot. I knew that as soon as I decided on baseball, when Texas calls, that’s where I’m going. Right away, the first day they can talk to you was July 1st. I was committed by July 6th. I grew up a few hours north of Austin and went to a few games.
Favorite player growing up? Pudge Rodriguez. That guy has been around since I was growing up throwing a baseball. He played for the Rangers. I was a Rangers fan. We had season tickets for a few years. Ever since then, still, that’s who I look up to.