Mr. Ellis, my name is Hayden McGriff, I would like to know how hard did you work to get to the pro’s and do you still love baseball as much as you did when you were 11 years old?
Thanks for the questions. To become a Major League baseball player it takes a tremendous amount of hard work, and it started when I was young kid. My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me. Not only in baseball, but life in general.
When you reach the Major Leagues, it is important to work harder than ever because there is always someone trying to take your job.
My love for baseball is at an all time high right now. I really got excited for games when I was 11 and I admit it’s different now because it’s my job, and we play so many games, but I still really enjoy playing the game.
Hi – my name is Jack Oberg and I play for the Canyon Lake Athletics. Did you ever think growing up in Rapid City that you would play Major League Baseball? And if so, who did you hope to play for?
Great question. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think about Major League Baseball a whole lot as a little leaguer. I just wanted to go play ball with my friends and have a great time doing it. I was so fortunate to have really good coaches in little league. They taught us how to play the game, but they really stressed having fun and being committed to our teammates. It wasn’t until I was a little older until I started thinking about the big leagues. I used to come home after school and watch the Cubs play because they didn’t have lights at the time and they had to play day games. Ryne Sandberg was one of my favorite players.
The Minnesota Twins would have been my team of choice though.
Mr. Ellis, my name is Sam Haug, my question is how does a kid from a small state get noticed by big colleges?
This is a question I get all the time, and it’s a very good one. Rapid City has one of the best resources for a college education in the country and it’s Post 22 baseball. Coach Ploof and his staff do a tremendous job of not only developing ballplayers, but also getting exposure for their ballplayers. We went to tournaments all over the region, and at every one of them there were college scouts.
It doesn’t matter where you are from. If you are good enough, and work hard enough someone will find you.
My name is Walker Paz and I play at Timberline. What is your favorite thing about playing Major League Baseball?
Excellent question. There are so many things I love about being in the big leagues. My favorite thing is that I get to play the sport I love against the best players in the world every day.
Another thing I love is playing in the great ballparks around the country. A couple of my favorite ballparks are Safeco Field in Seattle and the new Target Field in Minnesota.
Thanks for the great questions guys. We do a lot of interviews during the year, but none are as cool as this one.