06/11/2014 11:22 AM
June 11th, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Kyle Gehrs
Chris Roush: I’ve talked to a few of the guys and each one of them has a different story about how they got started in baseball. How did you get your start in baseball?
Kyle Gehrs: I grew up around baseball, my brothers played baseball and they got me into it. My father passed away, but he was always a coach. I think just being around my father and brothers made me stick with it.
CR: What was it like having that support growing up?
KG: I think it was key, they still support me today, having someone support you and come out to your games, little things like that. Also, it keeps you on track. Sometimes it’s difficult for people to stay on track with things. They are always supporting me and asking questions. It’s just something that helps me out a lot.
CR: Did you play multiple sports growing up?
KG: I played football and basketball too. I think I started playing all three of them when I was four years-old. I continued playing until I graduated high school and I chose baseball as the sport I wanted to play in college.
CR: When you were preparing for college, why did you choose baseball as the sport you would chase?
KG: I guess you could say I excelled most in baseball and I could see more of a future in it for me. I think that my best opportunity to make a career out of a sport is baseball and that’s why I chose to follow my baseball dreams.
CR: What have you taken away from playing collegiate baseball?
KG: I guess where I am today; I can say that hard work pays off. I started off at a junior college and I worked my butt off to improve. My goal was a Division I school and that’s what I did and then I transferred to a Division II. However, where I’m at today is where I want to be. I don’t look back and think I should have done this or that different. The spot I’m in now, regardless of what happens the rest of my career, I think back and I don’t have any doubts about my career so far.
CR: You came from the University of Central Missouri this year, what’s it like playing with fellow MIAA players?
KG: At first, I didn’t know what to expect, I knew it wouldn’t be a problem, but I’ve gotten to know some of them. It’s really no big deal; we all get along with each other. I don’t think we’ve talked about playing against each other. It’s really the fact that these guys are my teammates and I’ve gotten to know them better. We’re treating each other well and they are a great group of guys.
CR: This whole team seems very close, how have you guys been able to come together so quickly?
KG: When I got here, I felt like I already knew a lot of the guys. I feel like I know everyone on a level that we all get along. We come into summer ball not knowing what to expect and not knowing anyone. We get here at three o’clock and we don’t get out of here until ten or ten thirty. It’s really hard to not get to know each other and everyone here has been around baseball most of their lives. It’s a great opportunity to be able to meet the guys and meet new people.
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