06/27/2014 12:11 PM
June 27th, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Ryan Abernathy
Chris Roush: Looking back over the years, what is one of the first memories of baseball you have?
Ryan Abernathy: I think it was tee-ball. My dad was the coach and playing with all my friends. I remember moving up into coach pitch and there were some games I would hit the ball off the tee and wouldn’t stop running. I would keep running in circles and I would get out, but it was just fun back then. It’s kind of fun thinking back how pure it was back then just going out and having fun.
CR: What was it like not only having your dad support you, but also be your coach?
RA: It’s great, he knows a lot about the game and he’s a pretty smart guy. He never really played in college, but he watches Major Leaguers and I think he’s able to guess pitches that are coming. He’s always been able to help me if I am doing something wrong.
CR: Was baseball your main focus growing up?
RA: I played a little bit of basketball, soccer, and hockey, but when I got to high school, baseball was the main focus. I didn’t want to play anything else, which is probably what helped me get to where I am today.
CR: What helped with the decision just to play baseball?
RA: Well, basketball wasn’t really my sport because of how short I am and with soccer, I had a bit of an asthma problem, so running around too much wasn’t my thing. Baseball kind of fit in perfect and I loved the game growing up.
CR: When did you realize that you had an opportunity to play college ball?
RA: I didn’t really know until my junior year of high school. I was a pretty average player my first two years and then worked hard to improve my junior year. I had a great year and that’s when started to think about college. I went to a few showcases over the summer of my senior year.
CR: When watching you and your teammates play, I see a lot of smiles and it seems like you guys are having a lot of fun. What’s it been like being a part of the Mustangs?
RA: It’s been great; Coach Johnson takes the reigns off and lets you do your own thing, until he feels like he needs to step in.
CR: This year, there are quite a few players from Northwest. What’s it been like having guys you’re familiar with around?
RA: It’s definitely a nice adjustment period. Some of the guys come in and they don’t know anyone and for me to have a few friends on the team right away, it definitely helped me feel comfortable.
CR: What’s it like playing in front of thousands of fans at Phil Welch?
RA: Oh, it’s great. I haven’t played in front of that many people since my high school career. It’s so much fun, it brings new energy to the team and it really gives us a big boost.
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