Our boy Jason Stella, of the Louisville Bats Examiner, sat down for a lil’ chat with Louisville Bats’ outfielder Drew Stubbs earlier this week. He did so with his 1986 voice recorder but was still able to get some good quotes. Below are some excerpts.
Also, remember to check out Stubbs, along with fellow All-Stars Justin Lehr and Manager Rick Sweet in the Triple-A All-Star Game tomorrow night. It is being played in Portland, OR and can be seen live on ESPN2 at 10:00 EST.
The team is playing very well this season. How does the team attempt to retain its chemistry and maintain its success with so many pieces of the puzzle changing?
We’ve already had quite a bit of turnover on the team this year, having guys go up and down, so it is difficult to maintain a good chemistry in the club house. The main deal is the nucleus of the team has been here all year, and we have good relationships, and whenever new guys come in, we are able to welcome them, helping them to play to the best of their abilities.
Are there particular players you have tried to emulate, or others who have greatly influenced your development?
In the game today, one guy I have always looked up to is Derek Jeter of the Yankees. I think he handles himself the right way and plays the game hard. I think he has a great respect for the game, and therefore gets a lot of respect from other players. Whether you are a position player or a pitcher, he’s a guy you can look up to and follow.
What accomplishment or moment would you consider the greatest at this point in your career?
Winning the College World Series in 2005. For me and most other players, the team awards go far beyond the individual awards. Just being able to share that moment with guys that I had lived with, went to class with every day, and had such a strong bond with was unbelievable. All the other individual honors were just icing on the cake, but the team awards are the most special.
To read the entire interview, click here.
Also, don’t forget to check out Jason Stella’s Louisville Bats Examiner page on a regular basis. He has good stuff on there.