06/25/2014 1:15 PM
June 25th, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Austin Aspegren
Chris Roush: When you were young and playing sports, what is the first memory of playing baseball?
Austin Aspegren: For Christmas, my dad got me a tee and bat for the first time. I was always into soccer, but he put me into football and tee-ball and I pretty much ran with it.
CR: Was soccer the sport you thought you’d continue playing?
AA: I have no idea, I was fascinated with soccer and it was the only thing I wanted to do. I never got to play it, but now I am grateful that my dad put me in baseball.
CR: With the support of not only your dad, but the rest of the family, how has their support helped you along the way?
AA: It’s huge. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do it. I couldn’t do it without their money and support. I can’t make a living while playing and going to school. They’ve been tremendous about everything.
CR: You mentioned liking several sports growing up. What were the sports you played during school?
AA: In junior high, I played football and then I went to a big high school. So, unless you were a freak athlete, you pretty much chose one. I knew baseball was my sport even in little league. I wasn’t as big as the other guys, but I could throw hard.
CR: When did you realize baseball was a sport that could put you through college?
AA: I think it was my freshman year of high school. We had to try out for the team and I was a little league guy. The other kids played select ball, but I played little league cause I could throw hard. I was an All-State catcher and I started getting looks my junior year.
CR: You have an unusual throwing style. The motion is basically a submarine motion. Where and when did you pick that up?
AA: I picked up last year (freshman year). I threw hard over the top, but I couldn’t throw strikes. So, my college coach took me and told me to throw like this. I’ve ran with it ever since and it’s made me better.
CR: Did it take a while to grasp that style?
AA: It took a lot of work period. It took about a month of just throwing to get used to it and then I developed a breaking ball. About a month and half into it, I was able to throw from the mound. It was definitely worth the process and I’m still learning how to throw. Right now, I am 100 percent comfortable with it; I know what to throw and when to throw it.
CR: Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t work out?
AA: Oh yeah, I only threw 5 2/3 innings with it my freshman year in college. It was kind of scary, I knew it had movement and I had a great breaking ball, but at the same time it was new and it was late in my career to try something like that. Once I knew I could be effective, I felt better about the transition.
CR: What has it been like playing for the Mustangs?
AA: To be able to bring a group of guys together and the coaching staff, there aren’t many things I’ve experienced that have been better. Also, the community support and being able to play the sport we love just makes this experience that much better.
CR: With so much support from the community, did you imagine that it would be like this?
AA: I had heard about the support, but I didn’t know they were going to be this involved. I didn’t know they were going to give back and I enjoy giving back to them for all their support. This is so much more than I could ever imagine, it’s something special.
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