I am a competitor at heart. I want to win. I want to be the guy in the big game playing for the championship; not the guy watching someone else play.I’m always going to be that little kid who’s upset he’s not playing. I don’t want to see other guys win. Not in a bad way; I’m happy for them. But I just want to win. Not being in the Series, especially the way our season ended, it’s tough.
The one thing I’ve learned is you’ve just got to let things happen. I want to win. I think they (the front office) want to win. I don’t control all those things, and I don’t even think they control all those things. They’re going to be told (by ownership) what they’re allowed to do. We just deal with it.
Right now, looking at the guys we know are coming back, they’re good players.
On paper, our roster still has some really big names; guys that were a part of 2017 and most of 2018. You rely on that. And you go back to controlling what you can, and you let the pieces fall as they may.
Recently, I got the chance to take part in a pretty cool charity event, Wishes for Teachers. I got to call a couple of teachers and tell them they were being awarded a $5000 grant to help them purchase things they have always wanted for their classrooms.
My mom was my principal for most of schooling career, and before that she was an English teacher. Overall, she was an educator for over 40-plus years. After learning about the Fiesta Bowl and what they do to give back to teachers here, it was a no-brainer.
It’s really cool to get to hear the genuine excitement of these teachers when I let them know their wish is going to be granted. They do what they do because they care, but they often need more money. To play even a small part in getting it to them so they can really help their kids is really fulfilling.