October 7, 2009 - by
Fall Focus: Stuart Tapley

Oct. 7, 2009

by FSU Sports Information Student Assistant, Ultima Rogers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the midst of week three of fall practice, the Florida State baseball continues to gear up for what should be an exciting season in 2010.

This week Seminoles.com continues its fall focus chatting with some of the student-athletes who spent the past summer playing in the northeast in the prestigious Cape Cod League.

Student assistant Ultima Rogers sat down with these players to get an idea of what life was like in Massachusetts over the summer. On Wednesday, junior third baseman Stuart Tapley shared his thoughts on his experience in the Cape Cod League.

Q: What made you accept the invitation to play in the Cape Cod League?
A: It’s a really good league. It’s very prestigious. Some of the top draft picks play there so I thought it was a really good way to showcase my talent to the professional scouts.

Q: What was your first reaction when you received your invitation?
A: I was excited. It’s a great honor. There are only a handful of people who can say they’ve played in Cape Cod so I was really excited.

Q: What team did you play for?
A: Harwich Mariners

Q: What was your team like?
A: The team was awesome. I still talk to most of the guys on the team a couple times a week. We really grew close playing that much baseball. We really got to know each other and it was a great experience. My teammates were awesome.

Q: How did it differ from your Florida State team?
A: Up there it’s more about showcasing individual talents. Here, it’s more of a team environment; you’re not that worried about yourself. Up there, you’re trying to win ballgames, but you are also trying to fine tune your skills and get ready for the upcoming season.

Q: Did you live with a host family? And if so describe the experience?
A: Yes I did and it was awesome. They welcomed me into their house. They had two kids who had friends over everyday. I still talk to them. They called me on my birthday to wish me a Happy Birthday. I still talk to the kids everyday so it was a really good thing.

Q: Did playing with a new group of people help excel your talent?
A: I think so. It taught me how to adapt to playing with new players. I got used to playing with new guys rather quickly and it’s important to be able to adapt in order to be successful. I think it helped me.

Q: Best taste of the Cape…what was the best meal you had while you were
Living in the Cape over the summer?

A: It had to be Shepherds Pie. Although it wasn’t quite as good as one of my buddy’s mom’s but it was probably the best meal I had up there.

Q: How did you spend your free time up there while you weren’t playing baseball?
A: Sleeping.

Q: What did you take away from playing in the Cape Cod League over the summer that you can bring to Florida State this season?
A: To be open-minded about different opinions on how to do certain things when it comes to your swing and situational positioning. The coaches up there were awesome. They taught me a lot so I brought that down here and hope to teach it to other players on this year’s team as well.

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