Yesterday I got the opportunity to interview Diamondbacks pitcher Tucker Ward. Ward was drafted in the 40th round of the 2015 MLB first-player draft by the Diamondbacks. His Answers were very humble, I’m expecting great thing when Ward gets older. Here’s the Q&A:
Q: Explain what it took to get to where you are now?
A: “I’d say the biggest thing was staying in a process and just trying to get a little better everyday and trying not to worry about results. This game is a game of failure, but we just have to push through failure. And not giving up, when you fail or being on a high horse when you succeed. It’s an even kill attitude to get better everyday.”
Q: Growing up who did you admire the most? And why?
A: “No doubt my dad. He’s who I have always looked up to, whether it’s with baseball, how to lead a family, how to treat people, or how to live a God-fearing life. He’s my definition of the man I want to grow to be. His wisdom is something I strive to have one day.”
Q: In your opinion what is your best pitch?
A: “I’d say my best pitch is my slider. It’s my out pitch. It’s also a pitch that I can throw when I feel like I’m losing feel for my mechanics and rhythm and it kinda gets back my feel.”
Q: If you could say anything to your high school/College coach, what would you say?
A: “I would say thank you to my coaches at the university of mobile. Coach Jacobs and Seymour there didn’t just treat us like players but family as well. They care about every player, and will do anything for them. I bounced around in college a bit, and was running out of options but they gave me a chance, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.”
Q: What motto/Quote do you live by?
A: We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
I live by this, we are all going to go through hard times during our life. But this helps me to remember that there is always hope. We can always get through whatever hardship we are going through.”
Q: What is your pregame routine?
A: “I like to get to the park early. I bike for about 10-20 minutes to get loose and then foam roll. I then like to go ahead and get my conditioning done for the day, because I feel like it wakes my body up. I then warm up my arm with some bands and do our throwing program and then get ready for the game that night”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside of baseball?
A: “Duck hunting and hanging out with my fiancé and our dog. Nothing I like more than heading out on a cold day to the river to try to bust some ducks.”
Q: What is your favorite food and drink?
A: “Drink is sweet tea. And my favorite meal is fried turkey and my moms sweet potato casserole.”
The 25-year-old Tucker Ward is currently in rehab, after having Tommy John surgery.
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