Anthony Bass is fairly new to ‘The Show.’ You might of heard of him; you might not. Either way, I’m very confident that you’ll be hearing a lot from Bass in the near future. Bass made his Major League debut for the San Diego Padres, on June 13th of this year. He only pitched in 27 games (3 starts) but achieved success–recording 2 wins and a fairly low 1.68 ERA. Not bad for a guy who just turned 24 years old, on November 1st. Bass–who’s on the Padre’s Active roster for next season–took the time recently to answer some of my questions:
1.) At what age did you first become interested in baseball?
I started playing baseball at 5.
2.) Did you always want to be a pitcher?
I pitched and played every position when I was younger.
3.) Describe what your Major League debut was like. What was going through your head?
Humbling. I was thinking, this is my shot.
4.) What does it feel like to be having success this early in your career?
Countless hours spent on the baseball diamond and working on being the best is starting to pay off.
5.) Do you like the NL, with the chance for you to hit? Or would you rather have someone hitting for you? (Like the DH in the AL.)
I like the NL. All 9 players in the field should hit.
6.) Which of your pitches is your favorite to throw? (Not necessarily your best pitch.)
7.) Favorite T.V. show?
I like storage wars.
8.) Favorite shoe brand?
9.) Favorite food?
10.) Favorite sport, besides baseball?
College basketball. (Michigan State.)
11.) Favorite type of music?
12.) Favorite moment of your baseball career thus far?
Making my MLB debut.
Big thanks to Anthony Bass for taking the time to answer my questions. You can follow him on twitter: @AnthonyBass45
Speaking of twitter, if you follow me then you might have seen my tweet on Monday stating that this Q and A entry was going to have a surprise at the end. Well, keep reading to find out what it is.
It all started with a simple question of whether or not Anthony Bass had any game used items left over from the season that he’d be willing to get rid of. I fully expected a polite, but firm, “no”, but that’s not what happened. Bass–being the awesome guy that he is–proceeded to offer me his AFL (Arizona Fall League) Batting Practice jersey. I was thrilled. To get something like that from a guy like him? I couldn’t believe it.
I sent my address, and told him where I wanted him to sign it. (Yes, he offered to autograph it too!) I then waited patiently for it to arrive in the mail, as it did on Saturday:
Notice the patch on the bottom right portion of the jersey? Here’s a closer look:
You can sort of see the autograph in the picture above, but here’s a better look at it:
I can’t begin to thank Anthony Bass enough. He’s truly an extremely nice guy, and I wish him nothing but the best as he continues his journey in the Majors. He’s one of those guys that you can’t help but root for.
I hope to meet Bass in person at a 2012 Padres game, to thank him for answering my questions and sending me his AFL BP jersey. If that happens, I’ll be sure to post an entry about it right here on my blog.
Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow everybody!!!