The K Zone
January 28th 2018
Interviewed By Mike Duffy
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, to the minor leagues, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Chad Smith: The biggest challenge going from high school to the minors is getting your body and mind tough enough to handle the physical and mental grind of playing baseball everyday. I’m high school you only play a couple times a week so it’s less strenuous.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a Ranger?
Chad Smith: My favorite thing about being a ranger is the relationships I have with all my teammates. We are all one big family and it’s good to grow with people that you genuinely care about.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Chad Smith: I love to watch jeopardy with my mom when I’m at home in the off-season . We compete against each other and it’s always a good time.
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Chad Smith: Robinson Cano is my favorite player because of how smooth he plays the game and I always tried to mimic his sweet swing.
Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?
Chad Smith: I never really had a favorite team growing up. I just loved watching baseball and good players no matter the team.
Mike Duffy: Do you have any game day superstitions?
Chad Smith: I have plenty of superstitions ranging from always showering right before the game, never stepping on the foul line, and always facing the bat label towards me before I hit.
Mike Duffy: Goals for this upcoming season?
Chad Smith: My goals for this next year are to just keep getting more consistent at the plate, becoming an even better defender and staying healthy.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?
Chad Smith: My favorite stadium is definitely yankee stadium. I love how they do a roll call of all the starting players each game and it’s so much history in that stadium.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Movie? What is your favorite T.V. Show?
Chad Smith: My favorite movie is bad boys 2 and I love game of thrones!
Mike Duffy: Do you have a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Chad Smith: When I’m having a rough time during the season I always just call my dad and talk through it and we usually end up laughing about it before we get off the phone and after that I become relaxed and usually get out of it.
Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?
Chad Smith: I knew I wanted to play professional baseball all my life. My grandad and dad both were drafted and played minor league ball so I wanted to follow in their footsteps.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?
Chad Smith: My favorite baseball memory is hitting a triple the last at bat that I had while my dad coached me in high school. He coached me all my life so it was cool to get a hit in my last at bat while playing for him.
Mike Duffy: What is your biggest takeaway after this season?
Chad Smith: I have definitely learned not to take anything for granted because I got hurt last year and it ended my season and I realized how much I hated not being able to play the game I love.
Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite Musician? What is your favorite song?
Chad Smith: My favorite musician is J.Cole but my favorite song is Migos Big on Big.
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