|All-Star 2B Mateo|
Saturday's game was a very uneventful contest until the 10th inning. Tyrell Jenkins and Travis Miller combined for a nine-inning shutout but so did the pitchers from Burlington. It was a pitcher's duel and it was not an engaging game. However, in the top of the tenth, Heath Wyatt allowed three hits and one earned run. In a do or die situation, the Bandits pulled it together for two runs on three hits, a walk, and a throwing error for an exciting finish to a long game.
Congratulations to the River Bandits' Midwest League All-Stars! Colin Walsh is the starting DH, Juan Castillo, Luis Mateo, and Wyatt Heath will also be on the roster. The All-Star game will be hosted by the Kane County Cougars on June 19th.
I was able to secure an interview this week! It was fun to get to talk to Jonathan Cornelius for a few minutes after Saturday's game.
Jonathan Cornelius: The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
JP: What is your favorite meal?
JC: Chicken breast and green bean casserole.
JP: Describe your daily routine—what do you do to keep your days on track?
JC: I get up the same time every day, eat breakfast, and—since our games are at night—I relax a while, watch some TV. Then I get to the ball park kind of early. I hit the training room before we go to the field, then it's the throwing program, conditioning every day. Then I just make sure I get a good stretch at the end of every day.
JP: What's the worst thing about playing professional baseball?
JC: Being away from home.
JP: What's the best thing?
JC: Playing baseball as a job!
JP: What major league player do you emulate?
JC: Right now I think I take the most from Cliff Lee, and I was a Tom Glavine guy growing up.
JP: How did you get your start in baseball?
JC: It was my dad's favorite sport. It took me a little bit to really get into it, I think I was about seven. But since I'm left handed and I had some success, I decided that was going to be my sport.
JP: What do you like to do in your down time?
JC: I like to read and watch TV and DVDs and Netflix.
JP: Who on the team has a hidden talent?
JC: Sam Gaviglio - he works as a logger in the off season in Oregon!
JP: What's the most important thing you've learned so far this summer?
JC: I've learned that the game doesn't change. The players get a little better at each level, but if you're here, you belong here.
JP: Who in your life inspires you to be great?
JC: My Grandmother.
JP: What part of your game has improved the most this summer?
JC: I'd say that it's a specific pitch. My sinker has come along real well this year.
JP: What part of your game are you working to improve?
JC: My change-up.
JP: Who's the nicest guy on the team?
JC: Sam Gaviglio
JP: What's the best thing about living in Davenport?
JC: I like the trains that go by the stadium.
JP: If you could go anywhere on vacation at the end of the season, where would you want to go?
JC: I like going to Wisconsin in the winter.
JP: What advice would you give to a ten year old who wants to get into professional baseball?
JC: Remember that it all starts with the mental game. Keep your head in the game.
JP: What do you want fans to know about you that they can't learn from reading your stats?
JC: I'd want them to know that while I was playing baseball in college, I got my degree. I'm proud of that.
JP: Thanks, Jon! Keep up the good work.
If you have questions or comments, please send them to me on the forum - I have a thread on the insider's board just for you! I look forward to hearing from you!
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