Quad Cities Bandits Notebook: 2012 Week 13

St. Louis' Midwest League affiliate has begun the second half well. Sam Gaviglio is interviewed.

The Quad Cities River Bandits have really stepped up their game since the break and with a 7-3 record, held first place as of Monday afternoon. They have an eight-game winning streak at home that extends back to before the break.

The team welcomed third baseman Stephen Piscotty this week. His bat is very impressive and I think he's over the "new guy jitters." It remains to be seen how long the right-handed hitter might be here – the former Stanford star is almost too good to play in the Midwest League.

Anthony Garcia continues to be hot at the plate. In Sunday's game, Colin Walsh was hit on the right wrist by a pitch. He was pulled from the game but he told me after the game that it was sore, but he's going to be alright. Matt Williams seems to have lit a fire that is fun to watch. Virgil Hill is out with a sore muscle.

It's becoming more exciting to watch the team. I hope the heat breaks a little sometime soon so the crowds will be back in the stands to encourage them.

This week I was able to talk with one of the Bandits' starting pitchers.

Jon Popham: I'm here this week with Sam Gaviglio, interviewing him while he eats his post game meal. Where are you from, Sam?

Sam Gaviglio: I grew up in Ashland, Oregon.

JP: What school did you attend?

SG: Oregon State.

JP: What is your favorite meal?

SG: (looking down at his plate) Right now it's pulled pork!

JP: Describe your daily routine - what do you do to keep your days on track?

SG: I do everything the same every day, whether we have a game or not. I run some, throw some, work out. I do what my body is able to do. If I take a day off, I get sluggish the next day.

JP: What's the worst thing about playing professional baseball?

SG: Commuters!

JP: Why is that?

SG: It seems like we spend more time on the bus than we do at the field. It's hard to maintain a routine, and it's just boring.

JP: What's the best thing about pro baseball?

SG: I get to be at the field every day - I get paid to play baseball!

JP: How did you get your start in baseball?

SG: I've played all my life. Until I was in little league, my dad played with me, then I played with my brother and just stayed with it.

JP: What do you like to do in your down time?

SG: I just like to relax and get as much rest as I can.

JP: Who on the team has a hidden talent?

SG: Casey Rasmus has some pretty sweet dance moves!

JP: What's the most important thing you've learned so far this summer?

SG: This summer? Just keep the ball down.

JP: You have a very unique off-season job. Tell us about that.

SG: Last off-season, I was fortunate enough to have a job with Timberland Logging. I had a great crew that I got to work with there. I didn't actually cut trees but I learned a lot about logging and got to experience what they do.

JP: Are you planning to go back there this fall?

SG: I hope I can.

JP: Who in your life inspires you to be great?

SG: I can't really name one person - there's a lot of people who encourage me. My pitching coach at home, Chuck Bagby, I had from Little League all the way through high school, and I had a great pitching coach at Oregon State who taught me a lot while I was there. My parents are always there for me and I have a brother who is real supportive.

JP: What part of your game has improved the most this summer?

SG: I guess it's really just focusing on the process instead of the results.

JP: What part of your game are you working to improve?

SG: I'd like to develop my change up a little more.

JP: Who would you say is the nicest guy on the team?

SG: Jonathan Cornelius is a great guy and Danny Miranda is nice.

JP: Why them?

SG: They never get mad at anyone, no matter what happens.

JP: What's the best thing about living in Davenport?

SG: I get to see the Mississippi River every day.

JP: If you could go anywhere on vacation at the end of the season, where would you want to go?

SG: I'd like to go to Italy. My family roots are there and it's someplace new.

JP: What advice would you give to a ten-year old who wants to get into professional baseball?

SG: Stay level headed. It can be a rough game, but you have to be bigger than it. Don't get down on yourself.

JP: What do you want fans to know about you that they can't learn from reading your stats?

SG: Just that I love to be at the field every day. I look forward to coming to work and I really feel blessed to be a professional.

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