April 27, 2006 - by

10 Questions With…FSU Right Fielder Jack Rye

April 27, 2006


By Ben Murphy
FSU Sports Information


Seminole sophomore Jack Rye is having a breakout season in 2006. After putting up great numbers in his freshman season, the California native is setting new career highs in almost every category. His nine homeruns are almost five times as many as he had as a freshman. Rye sat down with Seminoles.com to talk about his season.


 


         Who got you into baseball?  When did you start?


My father got me into baseball.  He’s been my coach my entire life.  I’ve been playing since I can remember, I believe around age five. 


 


         On the roster you list Irvine, California as your hometown.  What’s it like?  What are some of the differences between living conditions here and there?


Not too different weather wise.  There’s no humidity either.  It’s really nice there and a great place to play baseball.  It’s not too different than here.  The weather is always nice and it never really gets too cold.  


 


         California is a long way from Florida State.  What convinced you to make the long trip across the country to go to school and play ball here?  What did you like about it?  What were the driving factors?


I went to camp here and I fell in love with the coaches and the facilities.  There is no other place like this facility wise.   They treat us like royalty here.  I didn’t find any school in California that was matched this program and I kind of wanted to experience something new as well. 


 


         Is it tough being so far away from home?  Do you miss some important family events due to the fact that you are over here on the east coast?


Last year was tougher than this year, but I’ve kind of adjusted to life here and it’s become my second home.  It just makes it that much better whenever I go home.


 


         You started out your career here with an impressive freshman season and so far this season you have gotten off to a solid start.  What did you work on in the off-season to keep pace and better improve your game?


I worked out a lot and got stronger.  I just kept working in the cage, hitting off the tee and covered the little things.  It was nothing in particular, just keeping up. 


 


         What are your personal goals for this season?


I don’t really have personal goals, I just have a team goal and that’s to get to Omaha and win everything.  Maybe a personal goal is to help the team as much as I can.


 


         What is your pre-game routine?  Do you do anything for good luck?


I get dressed the same way every game.  I have a bunch of other little superstitions.  I don’t step on the line when I go on the field and little things like that.


 


         What is your bat song?


“Rock you like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions.


 


         What are some of the perks of being a Florida State baseball player?  What are some of the negative aspects?


This is a top program and it’s very well known so that’s great.  Some of the negatives are that it just takes up a lot of time.  You have to work a lot to keep up with both school and baseball.


 


         Outside of baseball, what are some of your favorite things to do with your free time?


I try not to do anything.  It’s so hard on my body that I like to just sit at home.  Maybe I’ll go to the movies or play some video games or maybe even play some pickup basketball once in a while, but normally nothing too much.  I like to get a lot of rest.

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