06/09/2014 9:16 AM
June 9th, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Brett Ash
Chris Roush: What got you involved in baseball?
Brett Ash: I just always played ball, even when I was a little baby, there are pictures of me walking around with the plastic bats and tees. I started tee ball like a year early and I’ve never stopped playing since.
CR: Did your family influence you to play baseball or did they leave it up to you?
BA: Yeah, they were definitely some influence, my dad played college ball. Baseball has always been a family sport, it’s like that typical All-American idea, that’s what we wanted to do and that’s what I grew up around.
CR: Did you play other sports in junior high and high school?
BA: No, I played basketball, baseball, a little bit of soccer, and football. So, up until freshman year, I was playing four sports and then my junior year, I played just baseball and basketball. When I went to college, I just played baseball.
CR: Did playing all the sports growing up keep you from being burned out on one sport?
BA: Yeah absolutely, I mean I was always busy and sometimes you just get tired of always being busy, but it was always nice to have a change. We played with the same guys, but we would play different sports and different teams and that helped because we played so many games.
CR: What was it like having that rapport with your Mustangs’ teammates?
BA: I mean it’s great, we’ve been here like a week and half, but it seems like it’s been a lot longer. You get around guys at this level and they just love to play the game. The camaraderie comes really quick, especially in summer ball because guys are here just to have fun. That is the part of the game that I cherish, just the opportunity to get around like minded guys that love to play.
CR: Some of you guys play against each other during the season, but when you guys are here, it doesn’t seem like you guys were rivals during the year.
BA: Yeah, that’s really cool too, I mean especially with our team. There is a handful of Northwest guys and Central guys that we play in conference, that we know their names, but you don’t really meet them. School ball is a little different, in a sense that it’s not as laid back and you aren’t really chatting with the other teams as much or chirping with them. You get here and all of a sudden you know these names and all of sudden you can put faces to names and it clicks instantly. Once again, it just goes back to summer ball that’s just kind of that higher level of baseball, yet it’s a little bit more fun.
CR: You mentioned playing against the guys from Northwest and UCM, what’s the initial thought that now they are now your teammates?
BA: It’s weird, it’s hard to explain, not because you’re enemy with the guys, I couldn’t have picked some of the guys out before I got here. There’s this huge rivalry in conference play, then all of a sudden, it’s like you get here and you’re kind of like, that guy is from Northwest, that guy is from Central, but as soon as you step onto the field, it’s just like we are on the same team. Even in the dugout, it’s kind of like an ice break because we all have something to talk about.
CR: After this summer, what will be the lasting memory of the Mustangs?
BA: Oh wow, just the whole experience has been great. The fan support is pretty unforgettable, I’ve played in some pretty competitive collegiate leagues on the east coast and I can’t say that they had as good of crowds as we do here. The way this program is run, Coach Johnson has said it before; it’s run like a professional program. There’s no babysitting, you are ready to throw this day and these are your jobs, and you do them. As long as you do your stuff, it’s so laid back and it’s been a great experience. Also, you play with a bunch of guys that love the game too. We got a bunch of seniors on this team and it’s kind of their last chance of playing ball. We all have the same respect for the game and respect for each other.
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