Q&A: Cyclones OF Joe Holden

Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder Joe Holden is the feel-good story of the inaugural New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The scrappy Wantagh, N.Y. product has drawn comparisons to Lenny Dykstra in his first season of professional ball. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

What does it mean to you to be here and on this team, in your first professional season?

It's great. This is the last thing I was expecting, especially after the start of the year when I didn't get to start for the first couple of weeks. I just worked my butt off and I'm here.

Does it mean more, coming from so close to KeySpan Park?

It means a lot. My friends and family have had my back, and I've got 20 to 25 people coming here. They're excited and I'm excited, so it should be a lot of fun.

How did you find out you'd made the team?

I think it was Sunday. Mookie got the team together and told us in front of the team. I was surprised and excited at the same time.

It seems like this is all old hat to you. Is it?

No, I'm just trying to go out here and have fun. We're out here for the fans and we're trying to put on a good show for the fans.

Has there been one defining moment to your season?

Probably when I went 4-for-4 (on July 14 vs. Williamsport). That was the turning point of my whole season, and ever since then I've been starting almost every day. That's what really got me going.

Why do you think it took you a little bit of time to crack the lineup?

I don't know, you know? I just put in a lot of hard work and defense with Mookie and they must have seen a couple of things that they liked. Ever since then, I've been off.

Do you have any statistical goals for the rest of the season?

No, not really. I don't like to worry about those things. When you start worrying about those kind of things, you put pressure on yourself. The most important thing is that we're in the playoff race right now, so we've got to just try and win as many games as we can and make the playoffs.

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