DeAndre Miller: I like to play hard. I take pride in my work ethic. That is the one single thing that would be characteristic of the way I play and is probably the reason I have had some success. I just work hard. I see myself as a table-setter and I try and provide an electric feeling for the club by getting on base all the time. Being able to steal bases, use my speed, and all the little facets of the game – getting runners over, all the little things I take pride in doing because they are important – and winning.
What is it about the game of baseball that you love so much?
DeAndre Miller: What I love about the game of baseball is the stresses it gives you – the challenge. You get more challenges in baseball than any other sport. I think that is what I love.
It tests you all the time. It tries to make you quit. It tries to get you to breakdown. It is a test to see how you are going to come back. How are you going to solve this? What kind of adjustment are you going to make? I feel that the ones who make the biggest adjustments quickest – who figure out how to make adjustments quicker than others and figure out how to become consistent while having fun are the ones who can be successful at this game.
I love the competitiveness and the challenges that baseball brings. I love it.
You were taken in the 24th-round. Did you expect to go in that area?
DeAndre Miller: I didn't know where I was going to go. To be honest with you, I really didn't care. I wanted an opportunity to play. It is really not about where I was going to be picked. It is not a money issue. I really don't have any bargaining power. I know how these things go. I just wanted an opportunity to get my foot in the door and I knew that it doesn't matter what round you are picked in it still takes hard work to get to where you want to go, timely things to happen for you, being in the right place.
I think it is very fortunate that I have been able to be picked up by the Angels. It is an outstanding family and I am happy to be a part of it.
Who did you get a chance to talk to and what did they tell you?
DeAndre Miller: I got a chance to Bobby Dejardin, a scout with the Angels, and he was telling me that he was glad to have me be a part of the Angels and I told him ‘I couldn't wait to get to work. I wanted to be able to get started as soon as possible.'
A good friend of mine is an Angels scout named Bill Pintard and I played for him with the (semi-pro Santa Barbara) Foresters. We just received our rings from last summer winning the National Championship and were looking forward to this day. He said it would be great if I got a chance to play for the Angels and it actually happened. We are happy.