Brandon Sing: I've matured more as a hitter. I got a good year underneath my belt last year at Daytona. When I first talked to you last year, I didn't know what to expect going into the season. It went by so quickly, it was like a blur.
Inside The Ivy: Have there been any noticeable changes in the pitching you saw last year with Daytona as opposed to this year at West Tenn?
Brandon Sing: Not really. It's the same concept; I have to be patient like I was a year ago. I know I'm not going to get too many pitches to hit. This year, I've been missing a little more than I've been hitting. I think I could be doing a little better.
Inside The Ivy: You've cooled off some since April, when you got off to such a great start (.344 average for the month). What has led to your recent slump?
Brandon Sing: Well, I've gotten over the injury from earlier this year. I'm just getting outside of myself, swinging at some bad pitches and getting myself out. That's about it. It's going to happen to everyone. I'm starting to feel a little better in the batters box. I think it will end sooner or later.
Inside The Ivy: Tell us about the injury and why you were on the shelf for a few days in late April.
Brandon Sing: I strained my hip. I was trying to stretch out a double and felt a little pull. At first, it didn't hurt as much as I thought it was going to. Then I came out in the next couple of days, was trying to run, and felt a little pain. After two days, I was itching to get back in the lineup, but they were telling me no. Afterward, I went to Birmingham and got to DH a little to get dusted off. It was a little bit of a downfall to me and I wasn't expecting the injury to happen.
Inside The Ivy: Now, last season, you ended with the Daytona record for most home runs in a single season and was just one shy of the Florida State League record. How difficult was it going through all the pressures, not just of breaking the record, but the hurricanes, etc.?
Brandon Sing: Nothing really hit me at first, because the record was just in the back of my head. Then the home runs kept coming, and finally when I hit no. 30, the pressure started to build. I tried not to worry. As for the hurricanes, the day they hit Daytona, everybody kept saying, "Hey, we haven't got too much time to get out of here!" There wasn't too much pressure, though. I was having a great time and was on a winning team.
Inside The Ivy: Was there any disappointment among you and your teammates in regards to being named co-champions with Tampa instead of out-right champs?
Brandon Sing: A little bit, yeah. Everyone always wants it out-right. We went in and knew we could win it. Our thinking was that we won it out-right, because we won four of six against Tampa in the regular season. We couldn't wait to play and then the coaches came in and told us the league had decided to make us both co-champs. It hit us a little bit at first, but we still got the ring.
Inside The Ivy: You're one of the more seasoned guys on the Jaxx roster this year. How important was it for you to come out of the gate strong and set an example for your teammates?
Brandon Sing: It was big. If I didn't do that, everyone would have been asking if my season last year was a fluke. I tried to come out and pick up right where I left off.
Inside The Ivy: What do you make of your role with the team this year? What is your role? Is this something you've talked to Bobby Dickerson about?
Brandon Sing: I just have to play first base. That's one thing I have to regularly concentrate on: being a better first baseman, defensively. My hitting is always going to be there. I just have to make sure Bobby knows I can play first. My goal is to pick everyone up in the infield.
Inside The Ivy: You've been playing right field recently, though. How comfortable are you out there, and whose idea was it to move you there?
Brandon Sing: Well, it really started in my first year at Daytona (2002). I was playing first earlier that year when Oneri Fleita talked to me and asked if I was comfortable enough to play left field. They wanted to see how versatile I was. I feel more comfortable in right field just because of which side of the diamond I'm on. In left, it's a little different going back over to where third and short is as opposed to second or first. I feel comfortable in right, but wherever I can help the team, that's where I'll go. First base is still my primary position, though.
Inside The Ivy: You were a FSL all-star a season ago of course. Do you expect to be a Southern League all-star this year?
Brandon Sing: I sure hope so. (laughing) If it doesn't happen, that's all right. I'll still try to back up what I did last year.
Inside The Ivy: What are some of the things you do in your spare time in Jackson? It's obviously a different community than Daytona.
Brandon Sing: (laughing) Nothing, really. It's such a small town that it's hard. We go out to eat and catch a movie, but that's about it.