Q&A With UW Outfielder Caleb Brown
GoHuskies.com caught up with senior outfielder Caleb Brown to find out a little more about what makes him tick. Brown is one of only two seniors on the roster and had a solid weekend in the Huskies' series win at UC Irvine. Last Saturday, he went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI against the Anteaters.
Here's what Caleb had to say:
Q&A with Senior Outfielder Caleb Brown
Why did you choose Washington?
I chose to come to Washington because of the opportunity to play baseball at the highest collegiate level while also enabling myself to be successful off the field whenever my career ended. The fact that the UW was in my backyard caused the University to be very familiar to me while growing up. These factors helped construct a very clear picture to me about where I belonged and made the decision to attend reasonably simple.
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
I am not too wrapped up in superstitious behavior or anything like that. However, I do believe in visualization as a tool that can lead to better performance. That being said I typically like to take a couple of minutes before a game to visualize what I want to do and how I want to do it and I feel those few moments translate strongly to how I perform on the field. In short, visualization is the only pregame ritual that I have other than a good night of rest.
As a Seattle-area native, did you grow up watching Husky baseball?
The first Husky baseball game I ever saw was in my senior year of high school after I had already committed. Even though my awareness of the baseball program specifically did not arise until my recruitment, I have come to learn and love the tradition that has been made here and will forever wear my participation in the program as a badge of pride especially considering the top-tier talent that have also called this program theirs.
What sport would you play if you didn't play baseball?
Golf would be my first choice but that's not because I am especially good at it. I just love being outdoors and that teamed with the strategy and perseverance an individual must have in order to be successful in golf I feel translates well to my personality. If I were to choose another sport based on my ability it would most likely be football. I enjoy football because I feel that it is the most pure form of the utilization of athleticism that occurs within sports. High school football games were some of the most fulfilling and fun experiences I have ever enjoyed playing sports. The camaraderie amongst teammates who engage in football games that require extreme physical and mental exertion is hard-pressed to be matched by any other sport.
What do you like to do during summer vacations?
Summer ball is always something that a college baseball player experiences and I have enjoyed the few experiences I have had with it. Other than baseball I also enjoy spending time on the water around Washington. There is no better place in the world to enjoy a summer than in the state of Washington. When I am not playing baseball, golf and boating generally fill up my schedule and as far as I'm concerned that's not a bad life.
What's your favorite thing about Seattle and why?
I enjoy the diversity of the city. The ability to enjoy a downtown setting in Seattle while walking around Pike Place Market to crossing the lake and enjoying the higher end places like Bellevue Square is unmatched by many other college cities. It also does not hurt that I get to enjoy Seahawks and Mariners games at a whim, a luxury I did not enjoy growing up.
What's your favorite class you've taken at UW and why?
Introduction to Political Economy has been my favorite class. The class was the most real-world oriented material that I have had at the University. Beyond the technical applications of intellectual hypotheses, the class provided strategies that can be applied to simple life decisions as well as a basis for a future understanding of the ever-present connection between social, political and economic institutions.
Which teammate is the biggest comedian?
It is hard to pinpoint one individual that could be dubbed team clown. The funniest conversations or situations that arise are generally dominated by a large portion of the team and I think that is what makes our team so fun. The diversity of personalities on our team can cause a simple conversation about which NFL team is better to a full-fledged comedic argument between a dozen individuals. Those type of situations often become the funniest and most memorable experiences.
What are you most looking forward to about this season and why?
I am excited to experience the success that I can see breeding from the attitude surrounding this team. This team feels unlike any other team I have been on here. The mutual competition amongst ourselves has caused this team to continually grow in every aspect of the game and I am excited to see the culmination of all the work we have put in leading up to the season.
What do you want to do after your playing career is over?
First and foremost I want to have a job that allows me to be mentally engaged as well as excited to go to work every day. Any job that can satisfy those two requirements while allowing me to comfortably support a family that I can happily watch grow would be all that I can ask for.
What is your favorite place to play an away game in the Pac-12 and why?
USC has the best field, stadium, and weather to offer while on the road and those factors create a good experience while playing there. ASU however provides the best atmosphere for playing on the road. The crowd size they attract on top of their fans appreciation and knowledge of the game cannot be beat on the road in the Pac-12.
What musical artists are currently in your iPod?
There is a lot of Kanye West, John Legend, and Jay-Z. Other than those three it varies a lot. A little country here, jazz there, I enjoy a lot of different genres of music.
What are you majoring in, and why?
Political economy. Other than typical business-related degrees such as economics and finance I felt that political economy offered the greatest understanding of how different controlling entities of our current world work with and against each other. I thought this knowledge combined with the specific understanding cultivated about the political and economic worlds would provide me with the most functional basis to enter the business world and contribute to a company immediately.
Who is your favorite major league player, and why?
Torii Hunter. His style of play is something that I think coincides nicely with my abilities and as such, I try to model my game after him. He also displays a high level of maturity given his background growing up and his team-first attitude is something to be desired and modeled after.
What family member has been most inspirational to you?
My parents are easily the most inspirational people in my life. Every perk I enjoy in my life today is because of them and the sacrifices they made raising me and my siblings. I cannot complain about the childhood I enjoyed and the type of person it has made me today. I can only hope to be half the parent to my kids that they were to me.
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