It isn't the first time Harris has faced adversity. Almost from the moment he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round in 2008, the Ocala, Fla. native worked to find a way to be released early from his commitment to the US Navy or at least be allowed to pitch after a transfer to the reserves.
|Harris this spring|
On one hand, with just eight games pitched since 2008, Harris has the most limited recent baseball record of just about any player around. On the other hand, he is the oldest Spike by far, with worldly experiences about which the others could only dream.
At 27 years and eight months, Harris has been on the earth almost five years longer than his next oldest teammate. In fact, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder is eight months older than his manager, second-year skipper Oliver Marmol.
Actually, Monday wasn't Harris' first loss. He allowed a pair of home runs to a New York Mets split squad during an emotional spring training appearance with the Cardinals major league club on March 24.
While honored by the opportunity, Harris readily admits he was not ready. He works every day to be better prepared for whatever challenges are ahead.
Harris speaks about the above and much more in this exclusive interview.
Upcoming interviews to include Mason Katz, Gary LaRocque and Mark DeJohn.
Interviews previously posted:
Spikes third baseman Carson Kelly
Spikes manager Oliver Marmol
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