Feb. 16, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – Throughout the 2006 baseball season Seminoles.com will bring you exclusive interviews with FSU baseball players. This week’s guest is starting catcher Danny Diaz. The junior sat for two years behind Aaron Cheesman learning what it takes to be behind the plate for a top 10 team. Now it is his turn to show what he can do and he is looking forward to the opportunity.
1. After being FSU’s primary back-up the last 2 years, are you excited to step into the starting role?
Of course. I’ve been here for a few years, and I’ve been waiting for my chance to show what I can do and help get this team back to Omaha.
2. What do you think is the hardest adjustment from the role of back-up to starter?
Just being ready to go out there every single day. You know you’re going to start; you know you got to be ready to play 65-70 games a season.
3. Did Aaron Cheesman give you any advice before your first series vs. Charleston Southern?
We sat down a few days before and spoke about having a relationship with the umpire. For the last few years, I really didn’t have to do that too much. We’d already be up or down by a bunch of runs, so I never really had to develop that relationship with the umpire.
4. How important is the relationship between a pitcher and catcher?
It’s real important. During the game, they trust to throw the pitch that you call. They know that you’ll block the ball in the dirt. Most of my best friends here are pitchers.
5. What are your hobbies off-the-field?
I like to play video games mainly. Halo and NCAA Baseball 2006 are my favorites.
6. What are your goals for this season?
Our goals are the same every year. Win the ACC Championship, host a Super Regional, and get back to Omaha for the College World Series.
7. What’s the hardest thing about being a Seminole baseball player?
Probably the amount of time that it takes up. You have to come out here 6 days a week and you’re on the field for 5-6 hours, and then you have to stay after for hitting in the batting cages or film study. It takes up a lot of time in your schedule.
8. What’s your bat song and why did you pick it?
My bat song is “Here I Go” by Mystikal. I had it in high school, and when I came here, I was told that when Jerrod Brown played, he had the same song, and he also wore number 5, so I’m just keeping the tradition going.
9. If you weren’t playing baseball, what do you think you would be doing?
I’d probably just be going to school and taking it easy. I’d take some classes, and maybe get a job.
10. What is your favorite video game?