07/03/2014 11:57 AM
July 3rd, 2014 Meet the Mustang is Jake Jones
Chris Roush: When you think back to your childhood, what is the first memory you have of baseball?
Jake Jones: The first memory I have is probably tee-ball and the reason I remember that is because the fields were right down the road and that’s where I grew up. I was able to play with all my friends and my dad helped coach when I was younger.
CR: Was having your dad around coaching and supporting you make you better?
JJ: Yeah I think having a parent, mom or dad, supporting you and helping you make decisions really makes it easier and more fun growing up and playing.
CR: Did you play multiple sports growing up?
JJ: I played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. I didn’t really specialize in baseball until I got to college.
CR: Did you know that baseball was the sport for you or were you contemplating football and basketball?
JJ: I think I definitely knew baseball was the sport for me during my senior year of high school. I had offers for football and basketball. However, I decided that baseball was my best option and I think it has worked out for me so far.
CR: What helped you make the decision to pursue baseball in college?
JJ: I was drawn to all of them growing up, but I think I felt like baseball was the game I was better at.
CR: How did it feel to make it to the collegiate level?
JJ: It was an amazing feeling for me, I felt like I have completed one of my dreams.
CR: Did you ever have any doubt that you picked the wrong sport in college?
JJ: Oh yeah, definitely. When I went into my freshman year, I was debating if I made the right decision and it took a while before I realized I made the right choice.
CR: You played three sports, did that keep you from being burnt out with one?
JJ: Yeah I think that’s part of the case, playing three different sports kept me from disliking one. You go from sport to sport to sport and it keeps you busy and distracts you from it.
CR: You played at Missouri Western and you know firsthand that the community support can be tremendous. You’ve been a part of the team for about two weeks now. What’s the experience been like for you seeing all the support?
JJ: It’s been a shock really, this town supports its teams and they really support the Mustangs. I think it’s easier to perform knowing that you have the support of the fans.
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