As he prepares to make his professional debut with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, Garcia was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to answer some questions.
Dustin Mattison: Describe to me what you were doing when you found out you were drafted.
Greg Garcia: I got up and my father came over to my mother's house and we basically sat in the living room watching the draft tracker for my name to get called. It was a very exciting day.
DM: Were the Cardinals the team that you expected to pick you?
GG: I was definitely hoping the Cardinals would pick me because of the type of organization that they are, and the winning tradition that the organization has.
DM: What other teams were in the mix?
GG: It was mainly the Cubs and the Braves.
DM: What do you know about the Cardinals organization?
GG: I know that the Cardinals are a very prestigious organization with a winning tradition; I also know that they have the best and most loyal fans in all of Major League Baseball.
DM: What do you know about its minor league system?
GG: I do not know too much about the minor league system, but I look forward to getting out on the diamond and starting my career.
DM: Have the Cardinals given you any indication where you will start your career?
GG: I think that I will be playing at Johnson City so I am very excited to get going.
DM: How did you end up at the U. of Hawaii?
GG: I took a recruiting trip out to Hawaii, I loved the stadium, the coaches, and the people of Hawaii are so nice and very loyal. It is a great atmosphere and a great place to play baseball.
DM: Give me a scouting report on you as a player.
GG: I would say that I am the type of ball player that is going to go out every day and give it everything that I have, I try and treat every game as if it is my last.
DM: Is there a major league player that you would compare yourself to?
GG: I don't really have any comparisons, but if I had to name a major leaguer that I look up to, it would have to be Derek Jeter. He goes out every day, plays hard, and gives it all that he has. He has been so good for so many years and that is another thing that I admire about him. Baseball is all about consistency and Derek Jeter has definitely been consistent throughout his career. Not to mention the countless championships that he has won. So, I don't have any comparison but Derek Jeter is definitely a guy that I try to model myself after.
DM: What was the biggest game you have played in?
GG: I have played in some big games but the biggest game that I have played in would have to be in the WAC championship game against Fresno State a few weeks ago.
DM: When you are not playing baseball, how do you like to spend your time?
GG: When I am not playing baseball I like to hang out with my family and go fishing.
DM: If you were not a baseball player, you would be a…..
GG: I would probably be a broadcaster or something for baseball, baseball is a big part of my life and I can't imagine my life without it.
DM: Who are you picking in the World Cup?
GG: USA all the way.
DM: Tell me something about yourself that most people won't know about you.
GG: I have family that lives in St. Louis and my grandfather Dave Garcia Sr. is a part of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. (Writer's note: For more info on Dave Garcia, click on this story from the New York Times .)
I thank Greg for his time and wish him the best as he begins his professional career.
Links to earlier articles in this series:
13th round pick Colin Walsh
15th round pick Geoff Klein
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