Not your average fan
Q) What is it you like about baseball?
A) I just fell in love with baseball in 2003 when the Royals were in first place for most of the season, and I just kind of got sucked into it.
Q) What has been your most exciting moment as a Royals fan?
A) Even though it didn’t really have anything to do with the Royals, I would say when I was here for the Home Run Derby…because it was a big, nationally televised event.
Q) Does it matter to you that the Royals haven’t had much recent success?
A) Well I like them because they’re the hometown team, plain and simple. It doesn’t really bother me because I’m thinking that with all of the quality stock they have in the minor league system, they’ll be good before too long. I know I’ve been saying that for the past few years, but they will.
Q) How upset do you typically get if the Royals lose?
A) Being a baseball fan, playing a game every day for six months you can’t just enjoy one win or be crushed about one loss for very long. You just have to move on.
Q) Is there someone that you would credit with sparking your interest in baseball?
A) I would say my dad and my grandma. My grandma’s been a Royals fan since day one and my dad’s been a fan since the mid-1970s so they’re kind of the two people who got me into baseball.
Q) Of all your memorabilia, what is your most prized possession?
A) Sentimentally, probably my ball that I got signed by Mike Sweeney in spring training in 2006. He was my idol when I was younger because he was a good player for so many years and in general a good guy to look up to. Value-wise I have a lot of baseballs signed by Hall of Famers. If I had to sell all but one of them, it would probably be my Hank Aaron ball.
Q) How are you planning on continuing your baseball interest after high school?
A) I want to go to Kansas State University and major in some sort of broadcast and hopefully become a sports broadcaster. I definitely want to go into something sports or media related. But I would rather do radio than TV. For one, I wouldn’t have to wear makeup every day because you actually have to look good on TV.
Q) Which sports broadcaster do you look up to?
A) I’d say I look up to Denny Matthews. [He’s] a Royals guy who was already broadcasting Major League games by the time he was 25, and he was one of the best in the business at it.
Q) How are you planning to become a sportscaster?
A) I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do leading up to that. Whatever comes my way and whatever happens happens. I can’t say exactly how I’ll get there, but I’ll do the best I can.