Sept. 24, 2009
by FSU Sports Information Student Assistant, Ultima Rogers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the fall baseball season in full swing, Seminoles.com took some time out this week to visit with a few of the returning players to find out how their summer went and to get their perspective on the upcoming year.
In part two of this week’s player feature, FSU Sports Information Student Assistant Ultima Rogers sat down with junior third baseman Stuart Tapley (Orlando, FL) to get his thoughts on the summer and how fall practice has played out so far. Here is what Stuart had to say:
Q: What is the team looking like this year?
A: Real good. We have a strong base of returners that have a lot of experience and the freshman have come in and they have done a great job so far. As of right now we look really good.
Q: What do you think the new guys will bring to the plate this year?
A: I think they bring a lot of intensity. They remind me of my class when we came in; a lot of grit and a lot of discipline in their blood.
Q: Have you noticed any growth from over the summer from the returning players?
A: Oh, for sure. Just the way we approach the game. We were all in a different environment. Some of us went up North; some of us went to Alaska. Some played over seas, so it seems we all have a new outlook on things now so it looks a lot better.
Q: What did you do over the summer to prepare yourself for the upcoming season?
A: I went up to Massachusetts in Cape Cod and played around 55-60 games.
Q: What is your favorite baseball superstition?
A: Getting in the hot tub!
Q: What is your favorite pre-game ritual?
Q: If you could play any other sport what would it be?
A: Golf because everything is in your hands and you don’t have to rely on people. It’s an individual game and I like to be in the position where I can control everything.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: I would have to say Michael Jordan.
Q: What is your favorite personal baseball achievement?
A: Going to Omaha a few years ago.
Q: Favorite superhero and why?
A: The Hulk because he’s unstoppable.