06/12/2014 9:44 AM
June 12th, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Ryker Fox
Chris Roush: How did you become interested in baseball?
Ryker Fox: Well I have a brother that is 10 years older than me, so I played every sport you can imagine. I found out that I was just better at baseball being left handed and I was pretty quick when I was younger. I was able to hit the ball pretty, but now I can’t hit the ball as well, but I throw the ball pretty hard which helps a lot. I’ve always enjoyed it especially when I was younger. I was able to get close with teammates which made it even better.
CR: With a brother that is ten years older, did he influence you in baseball or was baseball the family sport?
RF: Baseball was not the family sport growing up, it was actually football. My brother liked to fight, so he got me into the UFC, but he made me tougher and more athletic. Baseball was something I picked up, it came easy to me and I’ve enjoyed it.
CR: Did you play multiple sports growing up?
RF: Yeah, I played football, soccer, basketball, ran track and baseball growing up, but I chose baseball to move on with.
CR: Did playing multiple sports keep you from being burnt out on baseball?
RF: Oh yes, playing those multiple sports keeps you active and more athletic. It definitely didn’t burn me out because if I threw a ball year round, my arm’s going to be toast. I really enjoyed playing each sport.
CR: Did you start pitching at a young age?
RF: No, honestly I didn’t start pitching until my freshman year of high school. Those were some difficult years, everyone had that edge up on me, and I was mostly just an outfielder. I was the one or two guy in the lineup because I was pretty quick. One day, we had an old pitching coach and he said let’s get Ryker on the mound. I actually pitched pretty well. I think I went five and two thirds innings and I had a no hitter. The coach took me out and I think it was a week later and kids came up to me and told me I had a no hitter going. I was shocked and I gave coach a hard time about that. Ever since then, I’ve been pretty successful and looking to get better.
CR: Do you think having that great outing gave you the confidence you needed?
RF: Back in the younger days, the outfielders were mainly just out there. They weren’t the better kids on the team. I loved having the ball in my hand and doing well in my first outing gave me confidence that I could do better in the rest of them. I’m glad that went well because if it didn’t, I’d be in the outfield and I can’t hit very well.
CR: Does being a lefty give you an advantage when looking for places to play?
RF: Oh definitely, I mean everyone wants left handed pitchers. It’s starting to change a little bit because there are so many lefties. I think we have seven or eight guys on the roster that are lefties. So it’s starting to change a little bit, but I mean it definitely helps because hitters when growing up, their dads pitched to them right handed. They aren’t used to seeing lefties, so it helps a lot.
CR: There are a handful of guys from Northwest Missouri State on this team; does that make the transition easier because you know some of the guys?
RF: Oh yeah, it’s fun. The first day we walked in, it was nice knowing some of the guys, instead of walking in not knowing anybody. We were already comfortable with each other and people would come up to us and be more comfortable because there was a group of us. We are three weeks into the season, but it feels like we’ve been here for three months. The way we get all along with each other, it’s unbelievable. It’s the quickest I’ve ever seen. It usually takes spring ball and a little while for everyone to get along, but we all love baseball and it makes it enjoyable.
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