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?
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?
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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