With threatening weather on Monday evening this week, the Swing game was cancelled before Although I was disappointed that I didn't get to see any baseball, I was glad to get an opportunity to sit down with Shaun Garceau to talk baseball. Shaun is one of the Swing's 19-year olds. I had to confirm that with him as he really presented himself as a mature young man. He has pitched 70 innings this year as a starter and with the recent change back to the "real" starting rotation, he is getting even more innings.
Here are the highlights of our chat:
Jon: Shaun, as fans, we love the game of baseball, but I know that it's also your job. How do you balance the fun of the game with the fact that it's a job for you?
Shaun: The job IS fun! It's a great job to have. Of course, you can't fool around; you have to take it serious. You have to be dedicated. It's just amazing that I get paid to play ball.
Jon: What's the best part about playing baseball professionally?
Shaun: I love the feeling of being a pitcher. When you strike a guy out, you know that you're better than him, and it feels great.
Jon: And what's the worst part about playing at the Class A level?
Shaun: Being sent away from your family and friends. I love to play ball, but it's a real adjustment being so far from everything that I grew up with.
Jon: What part of your game are you working most to develop and improve?
Shaun: I leave the ball up too much. It's too easy to hit up there so I need to keep it down. I've been working on the mechanics to get where I need to be.
Jon: Let's play "worst case scenario." If you woke up tomorrow suddenly unable to play baseball, what would you do instead?
Shaun: Wow, I don't even want to think about that! I'd use my college scholarship and go back to school. Then I'd want to work in baseball somehow; probably as a coach.
Jon: What has been the highlight of your baseball career so far?
Shaun: As far as off the field, it has to
be the day I was drafted. That was a great day. On the field, it goes back to
Little League when I was on a travel team. We went everywhere;
Jon: What are your hobbies away from the game?
Shaun: I love to play pool. You could say I'm a pool shark. Maybe not as much as some of the other guys on the team, but I'm not bad. Of course, I like poker, too. And sports… all sports.
Jon: With this last question, nobody wants to answer, but I'll take the blame for making you tell me. When do you want to pitch your first game at Busch Stadium?
Shaun: Hmmm, I haven't really put a time on it, but I guess I'd say my 22nd birthday. That's a little more than two years away, August 28. That seems fast, but it seems like a long way away, too.
Jon: Thanks, Shaun. Keep up the good work.
week: Chris Grossman is really pounding the
ball. On Sunday afternoon, he hit two home runs in one inning, getting five
RBIs. Luke Gorsett hit a bomb in the same inning Sunday; his BA is the highest
of any current team member at .290. Although Donovan Solano still has the most
errors on the team, partly due to playing mostly shortstop and third, he has
played in more games than anyone else on the team and his hitting has really
picked up this month and he's looking more promising. (Editor's note: After this
article was submitted, Solano was promoted to
Missing this week: I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but Daryl Jones remains at the top of my concern list. His defense is good most of the time, but he just isn't picking it up at the plate. Willian Sandoval is the only one with a lower batting average. He's hitting .165.
Who I'm keeping an eye on: The other "new" guy on the team is Jason Cairns. This is his third season with the Swing which is cause for concern if that's all you consider. He had a knee injury that is healed and his control on the mound is good. Simply good. I don't think he'll be here very long.
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