With the VMI baseball season opener rapidly approaching, team SID Brad Salois recently sat down with pitcher Matt Eagle for a brief Q&A session. Eagle's answers are below.
Stay tuned to VMIKeydets.com for more season preview materials as the team's opener, Feb. 16 at South Carolina, draws closer.
Plans after college: I am working to get drafted in June.
Favorite VMI memory: I have plenty of days that I would recall being just as good as this memory, but my favorite is getting my first opportunity to pitch in my hometown at ODU.
Goals for the upcoming season: I plan on being the best closer in the Socon. Mostly, I am aiming to be able to close out games for my team and prove that VMI's team is full of "dogs" (NOTE: Quotes added by editor).
How are starting and relieving different from your perspective?: As a reliever, I can allow my adrenaline to go wild and be a lot more aggressive. As a starter, I would have to pace myself and that really is not how I work.
How has Sam Roberts positively affected you as a pitcher so far? He has given a lot of confidence to the team and given a different perspective that has been working well so far. He has also exposed us to new information about throwing that has transformed my pitching tremendously.
Favorite movie/book and why: It's funny, but I could watch all the "Rocky" movies over and over again. I am a sucker for the underdog story. My favorite book is "Chase the Lion" by Mark Batterson. The premise is about chasing your dreams and understanding that nothing is impossible because of Jesus. When Jesus rose the third day, the word impossible was erased from this world. It was the guard of David, Benaiah, who chased the lion into a pit on a snowy day and defeated the lion.
What sporting venue would you most like to visit? I would love to visit Chavez Ravine (Dodgers Stadium).
Favorite sport to watch (other than baseball): I watch some football, basketball, and wrestling.
If someone would look at the songs I have, on my IPOD or computer, I’d be embarrassed for them to see I have this song: "Come and Get It" by Selena Gomez.
If you could eat dinner with three other people, living or not, who would they be and why?: Jesus, John C. Maxwell, and Eric Thomas. All these people have changed my perspective and are great leaders. It would be nice to just sit there and listen to them talk.