Snider gets another shot
On the main site you will find an article on Travis Snider finally getting another chance to prove his worth at the Major League level. Here are some of the quotes that didn’t make it into the piece:
How tough has this season been for you…
“Not as bad as years past. It might sound different or unexpected, but what I’ve gone through in life not only outside of baseball but in baseball prepares me for these tests that life is going to bring, whether it’s baseball or injuries or family situation or whatever, it’s understanding what I can control and that’s my mindset. Inner peace and happiness is not something that’s going to be affected by things that go on outside.”
On reaction to others being called up before him…
“We as athletes, we want to be there, we want to get that call but understanding what I can control, I think most recently when Anthony got called up, I watched what Anthony went through this year, I saw how hard he worked and he deserved it. Whether that put me in a different position with the organization, I can’t speak on behalf of the decisions they make, they have a reason for doing everything they do, so for me it’s to come here and focus on what I can control, my routine, my mindset and going out there and playing right.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow when opportunities aren’t handed to you like they were in the past. And I said earlier this year I know I’m not the Golden Boy, I’m not the 20-, 21-year-old kid again, but it’s a good learning process for me, a chance to grow up, a chance to mature, a chance to hopefully give somebody somewhere outside this clubhouse, or even in this clubhouse, a perspective on how you can deal with things in life, and what it takes each and every day to wake up and maintain that focus on what you can control.”
On having more time to get adjusted to mechanical adjustments at the plate…
“Coming back from the injury, just getting back in the swing of things, and then really honing back in on the approach, I think moving forward that’s going to be the key. There’s going to be adjustments to be made, you play 162 games, things are going to break down and that’s when you change up your routine a little bit to get the results you’re looking for. I feel comfortable with what I’ve been doing all season and maintaining that focus on the approach, what pitch I’m looking to hit based on the situation and who’s on the mound, and really taking the thought into that instead of where my hands are or how I’m striding, or if I’m open or closed.”
How’s the wrist…
“I’ve been healthy since I came back to Vegas. It was frustrating because I took about a week, week and a half, thinking that I could come back and work through some pain and as we upped the workload the pain increased and that’s when I had to say, okay I need to get an extended period of time to rest. They sent me to Florida, I’ve done that before, I know what that’s about. A great staff down there, we were able to get things wrapped up quicker than in years past when I’ve had the wrist injuries that I’ve dealt with and really just get back to Vegas and playing baseball and getting back into the swing of things and picking up where I left off.”
What makes you think you’re better prepared now…
“I think it’s the mindset. It’s something that you guys are going to hear a lot from me but it’s really something I’ve had to work hard on. In offseasons in the past, there has been frustrations, there has been emotions as a young man in this game and dealing with the ups and downs that I have. It’s how do you deal with those, how do you move forward and I could walk around with a chip on my shoulder and be bitter at the world and be angry every morning that this didn’t work out my way or why did I get hurt here. But, timing and those kind of things are out of my control and like I said, prepare myself each and every day, come to the park with the right attitude and the old saying, just do whatever I can to help the team win.”
This season that mentality set in?
“I’d say this offseason. Going the last few years, injury, poor play, and up and down, up and down, up and down. It takes a toll on anybody whether you’re 21, 22, 23 or you’re 28, 29, 30 years old. Gaining that perspective from being around guys in Triple-A, who have a different situation in terms of how many years they’ve been playing or having families and kids, and other things that they have to worry about and really realizing how much I have to be thankful for. Even though this isn’t how I would have drawn it up, I think a lot of people wouldn’t have drawn it up like this, that’s life and understanding I have more time on this earth and I don’t want to walk around being angry at the world. I’ve done that in my life and that’s something I’ve had to work hard on to overcome and really just put myself in a position to wake up each and every day to be thankful for what I have.”
How much do you think some of the struggles on the field have been mental as opposed to physical?
“I think it’s definitely gone hand in hand. Dealing with a few injuries and whether you’re injured and you come back and things aren’t quite right. You start to struggle a little bit. Or just flat-out struggling, as I have at points in my career. And I think going through those at a young age, being 24 years old, it seems like I’ve been doing this for a lot longer than I have, in terms of how many years I’ve been on this earth. But I think those are all things that are going to build for me for the future and those experiences gained now are going to pay off in the long run.”
You were the No. 2 trending topic in Canada last night on Twitter. Fans have been following you pretty crazily for a long time but the popularity, what’s that like for you, when people are so interested in you coming up at this point?
“I think popularity is the wrong word. We all remember being in high school and wanting to be the popular kid and being the star athlete, and you experience that when you get to the major-league level you start being recognized and people really take a genuine interest in what’s going on in your career or your personal life. One thing I do want to say is thank you to every fan out there that has supported me through this process and this journey. I think that you can’t be thankful enough for those people that are pulling for you, whether it’s in the great country of Canada or back home in Mill Creek and in Washington, the great support system that I’ve had. For me that’s what keeps it in perspective and understanding that there’s a lot of people out there pulling for me, a lot of people that believe in me and I’m here to play baseball.”
Throughout this whole process has there been any time when you questioned your own ability? Have you ever wondered, ‘Am I really a major leaguer?
“When you struggle you’re going to have thoughts arise and you’re going to have those obstacles that you have to overcome, and it’s not to say, I woke up and was like, ‘Man, I don’t think I can play in the major leagues.’ It’s more, ‘Okay, I got to get away from some of the excuses and some of the crutches, some of the ups and downs and injuries and things like that,’ and focus my mindset on the present moment. I can’t go back and change what happened in 2009 or 2010 or even 2011. It’s 2012, we’re here in Boston and I’m ready to go. I’ve tried to move past what I’ve experienced from carrying that with me, other than in terms of as a learning experience and character building.”
You hit the home run yesterday and was it right after that you got removed from the game?
“It was shortly after. We had a pretty good rally going in the first inning. We were down by six, then led off the inning and three batters later they said, ‘Go pack your stuff.’”
So it wasn’t right after you came off the field, right after you crossed home plate?
“No, it wasn’t like, ‘You hit a home run, you’re out of here.’ I was in the dugout. I was actually getting ready; I was getting another at-bat that inning. We actually put together a pretty good run in that first inning. They tell you, go pack your stuff, we’ll let you know what’s going on. That’s why we can’t jump on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that and say ‘This is what’s happening.’ There’s deals to be made and things to be handled and allow the organization to announce those things.”