Matt Tracy Interview with John Maine
Time: 4 minutes.
1. Matt: What is your favorite baseball memory?
Maine: Playing or watching?
Maine: I think the whole postseason experience last season was pretty exciting.
2. Matt: Who did you call first when you were called up to the Mets?
Maine: My brother and sister. I called then and let them know I was starting.
3. Matt: Who is your best friend on the Mets?
Maine: I’m one of those guys who keep a low profile. I hang out with guys like Steve Schmoll (pitcher), Mike DeFelice (catcher).
4. Matt: What are some of your favorite things to do during your free time?
Maine: I like to play golf (smiles).
5. Matt: Who is the funniest player on the Mets?
Maine: Oh, there are a lot of them. I think Lastings (Milledge) is pretty funny, but I think (Ramon) Castro, he’s funny.
6. Matt: How does it feel to have several young Met fans looking up to you?
Maine: It feels good, but also, just any fan. I think we’re fortunate to be in this situation. There’s little kids coming up, and seeing them smile and enjoy the game is very exciting.
7. Matt: Who influenced you the most as you were coming up through the minor league system?
Maine: Nobody in particular. I had different coaches at different stages that helped me out at one point or another. Level to level, there were different coaches that I learned different things from.
8. Matt: How have you become a better player during your time with the Mets?
Maine: I think I’m starting to learn a little bit more about myself and about the game, and just getting out there and pitching more. You learn to become a better pitcher.
9. Matt: What was your playoff experience like last season, when you pitched game one of the NLDS, etc?
Maine: I was kind of thrown into it, but I like it like that, and it was just a great experience. How many rookies can go out and pitch in the postseason? Especially
New York, it’s a big city, so it was an exciting time.
10. Matt: How does it feel knowing that you have to watch the Cardinals celebrate their World Series win on opening day?
Maine: It’s tough, but that was last year. They played great and they deserved it. You just can’t worry about that and concentrate on this year.
11. Matt: How do you adjust to time changes on a west coast trip?
Maine: It’s not too bad. They try to make it easy for us either on an off day or if we have a day game. You get your sleep on the plane, so it’s not too bad.
12. Matt: What is the most exciting thing about being a Major League baseball player?
Maine: I think just playing in the stadium. To get 50,000 people to come watch you play is pretty exciting.
13. Matt: What kid of career are you planning on after baseball?
Maine: Well, I’ve never thought about it. I was an engineering major in college.
14. Matt: Who is your favorite active baseball player?
Maine: I grew up watching Glavine. It’s funny because I have a locker right next to him.
15. Matt: How often do you play baseball in the off-season?
Maine: You take a week off, two weeks at the most. You get away from it, then you get back into it, so it’s a twelve month thing.
Matt: That is it. Thank you.