Meet The New UW Baseball Signees: Chris Baker
Dec. 17, 2012
SEATTLE - Over the coming weeks, we'll be introducing Husky Baseball fans to the class of 2013 - those high-school seniors who signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at the UW next fall and play on the 2014 Husky team.
The third of our 10 signees is Chris Baker, a shortstop from Mountain View, Calif. Baker attends St. Francis High, where he was a teammate of current UW freshman Braden Bishop last season.
"Chris is a legitimate Pac-12 defender on the infield. The ball literally jumps into his glove," UW baseball coach Lindsay Meggs said. "He is quick and rangy, has plenty of arm, and has the savvy to play any spot on the infield. We recruited him to play short, but his versatility may be his biggest asset. Offensively, as he gets stronger, Chris will be a very tough out."
Here's a look at Chris:
UW Baseball: What is your pre-game superstition if you have any?
Answer: My pre-game superstition consists of many things. To name a few, certain handshakes with players and coaches before the game. Also putting on my baseball gear in a certain order.
UW Baseball: What is your favorite pre-game meal?
Answer: My favorite pre-game meal would have to be teriyaki chicken over rice or spaghetti with meat sauce.
UW Baseball: Favorite pre-game music?
Answer: Before every game I listen to pump-up instrumentals.
UW Baseball: What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Answer: My guilty pleasure TV show would have to be Breaking Bad.
UW Baseball: What is your favorite quote or saying?
Answer: "There may be more people that have more talent then you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you."
UW Baseball: Who are you most looking forward to playing with at the UW?
Answer: I am looking forward to playing with the whole team but if I had to pick, Braden Bishop my teammate from Saint Francis High School
UW Baseball: If you could trade places with one person in professional sports for a day who would it be and why?
Answer: Brandon Crawford, because he was a player that made a huge impact In the playoffs and won a World Series. Also I play the same position as he does and he's a stud.
UW Baseball: Do you play any other sports in HS? If so, what?
Answer: I have played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, but decided to focus just on baseball for my senior year.
UW Baseball: Have you always been an infielder ?
Answer: Yes, but I also played every position on the field up until high school. That's when I started focused on infield only.
UW Baseball: When did you start thinking about playing in college?
Answer: After going to Stanford baseball camps when I was eight years old, that's all wanted to do.
UW Baseball: What are your personal goals this season and in your career at UW?
Answer: My goals for this upcoming season is to have a batting average of at least .375, zero errors in the field, and at least 10 stolen bases. At UW I hope to be an impact player freshman year, do what I can to help us get to the playoffs and eventually Omaha.
UW Baseball: Why UW Baseball?
Answer: UW baseball is an up & coming program, Coach Meggs and the coaching staff know what it takes to win and make the playoffs. UW is in the Pac-12, which is the best collegiate baseball conference.
UW Baseball: What is your best memory of Baseball at any level?
Answer: My best memory of baseball is beating Puerto Rico in the championship game of the Colt World Series in Indiana.
UW Baseball: What are some of the strengths of your game that you will bring to the UW?
Answer: The strengths I will bring you UW are my knowledge of the game, positivity, attitude, leadership, and hustle.
UW Baseball: Have you thought much about what you want to major in?
Answer: I'm thinking of majoring in either biology or business, because I am possibly looking to pursue dentistry.
UW Baseball: Away from the field and the classroom, what are some of your hobbies, or what do you like to watch?
Answer: I enjoy surfing, golfing, reading, and I love watching SportsCenter.