06/05/2014 12:16 PM
June 5th, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Brandon Huske
Chris Roush: Why did you start playing baseball?
Brandon Huske: Basically, my parents signed me up and I truly believe that the people that influenced me in baseball got me to where I am today. I was blessed to have a support system and a little league coach that pushed me to where I need to be. That’s kind of how I got to where I am today.
CR: So, was baseball the only sport that you played growing up?
BH: No, I played multiple sports when I was little, but I realized that baseball was the sport that was going to be the sport I wanted to play at the next level. I wasn’t really interested in any other sport other than baseball and it was my best sport growing up.
CR: What was the “it” factor that baseball had, but football and basketball didn’t?
BH: One of the best things about baseball is the people that you are around and the experiences that you have. We’re with each other more than any other sport and we spend more time on the field together. It’s kind of unique in its own way, and how it’s played. Just how you get to experience different places, not a lot of other sports get to play in different ball parks every other day like we do. I’ve met a lot of different people and it’s been a great experience so far.
CR: Once you began playing in high school, when did you realize you wanted to play college ball?
BH: When I was in high school, I was kind of oblivious to other things around me, like my future and I didn’t really know. And at that time, you are kind of just dumb really because you are young and you don’t really know better. It just kind of happened and I took it and rode with it and went on with it. I didn’t really expect to be playing until I was 23 years-old, to tell you the truth. When I was a senior in high school, I was thinking maybe I could go to college and play a couple of years and see how I like it. I’m actually kind of surprised that I’ve come this far and play this long in this game. I am very happy with myself for that.
CR: What has helped you accomplish your goals?
BH: I feel like, a lot of my friends have jobs now, and it’s kind of like competing with them and to see how far I can take my career and playing as long as I can has been a driving factor. Also, always trying to get to the next level and just keep moving because I am a competitive person. So that’s what has made me motivate myself and just knowing that you can always move up somewhere in the game.
CR: Last year was your first year with the Mustangs, what was that like for you?
BR: There were a lot of different emotional feelings that I had, it was almost frightening at first. But then, it was exciting knowing that you play in front of this many people. The involvement with the community is great too, for as big of a town as this is, it’s a tight knit community with a lot of people involved. There was a little bit of pressure to perform, but once I started playing a couple of games, a week passed by and I got the hang of it. After that, it really settled down, it’s one of the greatest experiences and I’m lucky to be on this team.
CR: How did you and the Mustangs discover each other?
BH: Well, I’ve known about the MINK League, I’ve actually had other coaches when I was at my junior college, try to set me up, but I went back home and worked. He (Coach Matt Johnson) actually goes up to quite a few of the Northwest games and they (Mustangs) had Michael Schulze last year and he got drafted and they needed another shortstop. He asked me at the beginning of the year, if I wanted to come, but I didn’t know how much playing time I would get, with Schulze in front of me. So I kind of waited around and played at home. And then, he called me and was like ‘hey, he got drafted, if you want to come up, you’. I took the opportunity and I’m here now.
CR: You talked earlier about St. Joe and the community involvement, what is it like having a few thousand fans most nights supporting you?
BH: It’s a different experience; basically it’s what I tell everyone when I come here, it’s the same game only on a bigger stage. I mean, I don’t try to worry about what the fans are doing, I know there are fans here, and it is nice to know that when you come to the ballpark there will be a lot of fans here. But, I try to not get caught up in it cause I’m trying to play the same game.
CR: This is your second year with the Mustangs, what has changed for you?
BH: I can tell you that I am a lot more comfortable knowing that I’ve been here and I know what’s expected. All these new guys are kind of like what I was last year, and they kind of don’t know what to expect. They look up to us guys who have come back. I don’t really have to go out and try to impress anybody, but I don’t have to go out of my way to go do things, like I used to. They already know what I am capable of doing.