© Chuck Duboff
Question 1: Where do you spend your offseason and what kind of workouts do you do?
My offseason is spent in Glendora, California. I work out everyday for about 2 hours and 30 minutes. My workouts include weight lifting, arm care programs, stretching, and cardio.
Question 2: What do you remember about last season’s playoff run and championship?
The playoff run as I remember was difficult. We had to battle each team at our best game. The opponents wanted to make the playoffs just as much as we did. When we beat the final team to advance into playoffs the vibe of our team was different. We were still hungry for that championship spot. Winning the championship for the Goldeyes is something I will never forget and what a great team to be on while winning. The clubhouse was full of energy after winning the championship we didn’t want to leave that room. We kept partying there the entire night. Some of us decided to stay an extra four or five days to party around the city and celebrate.
Question 3: Tell the fans about your baseball background.
I’ve been playing baseball since before I can even remember. I was maybe 2 years old when I picked up my first baseball and started playing when I was 4 or 5 years old. I then played travel ball, which is where you get to travel across to different cities and states to play the most competitive baseball at the age of 12-16. I learned most of my fundamental skills playing there. I then played high school baseball, college baseball, and then played at the Professional level.
Question 4: Did you have a favourite team, player growing up?
I never had a favourite team growing up and I still don’t. I like to represent and support or “root” for teams that are local towards me. LA Dodgers and the LA Angels are my two teams I go for. If I had to choose between them, I would go with the LA Dodgers. I currently never had a favourite player and still don’t to this day.
Question 5: Why did you decide to come back to Winnipeg for another season?
I decided to return to Winnipeg this year because of how good they treated me last year. I’ve never been on a team that has treated me so well like this has. Also, there were fans at every game, even if it was raining. The city is beautiful and the baseball field is well maintained.
Question 6: Who was your biggest influence in your baseball career?
Question 7: Favourite restaurant in Winnipeg?
I’ve been to many restaurants in Winnipeg, but the one that keeps getting me back there almost 3 or 4 times a week is Stella’s.
Question 8: Any interesting baseball stories to share?
Having no MLB or Schools interested in me at all, to having many MLB teams and schools interested in me all at once. Meaning, don’t ever give up because one day your talent will click and everything will fall into place. I didn’t have a place to play, I did a walk on to a school and next thing you know, did well, got drafted and played professional baseball for a career.
Question 9: Do you have any message that you’d like to share with the fans?
For all the Goldeyes fans out there reading this just remember the more people that come to the games the more I want to win it all. I’m trying to win the whole championship not just for the city, but also for the country. Canada is amazing and Winnipeg is the best place I’ve ever played in. Show up to the games and support us like you have been. The more people we can bring in, the better it will help the community and us baseball players showing up ready to go.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes start training camp on Saturday, May 6th; gates open at 10 AM for the Goldeyes annual Open House and players come out on to the field around 11 AM. This will be your first opportunity to take a look at the 2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes team.
For ticket information you can call 204-982-2273 or check out goldeyes.com