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time to do a Q&A feature interview with The Jerzey Sports Report. His feature interview is about his playing career. The Jerzey Sports Report: On playing baseball at Issaquah High School for coach Rob Reese Colin Curtis: “It was a good experience. It was were I first started playing well and it just took off from there. We had a good team all four years. It was a pleasure playing for him, because he's a great coach. It was a great place to start my baseball career.” TJSR: On playing basketball there for coach Jeff Patrick CC: “We had a great basketball program, too. I think Coach Patrick is a great coach and mentor. He makes people into great individuals for the rest of their lives.” TJSR: On sharing the Washington St. 3A MVP honors with Washington freshman Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Giants Cy Young winner CC: “That was fun. He was a great player then and now. You see what he's doing now. He's a great pitcher. I was lucky to be able to compete with him and then have the honor to share an award with him.” TJSR: On going to the 2000 3A State Championship and facing your brother, Conor, at the plate against city rival Skyline High in the game CC: “That's funny, because at dinner as a kid, you would talk to each other and then always playing against each other. Then, we ended up playing against him in the State Championship game. It was a fun experience being there with a family rivalry.” TJSR: On going to the Legion World Series in 2002 CC: “That was great. It was a great team with guys around the city. Getting to play those games and in the Championship game was a great experience.” TJSR: On going to the 2003 High School All-American Game CC: “It's pretty much along those same lines. It's an honor to be in the All-American game and just playing with those guys.” TJSR: On being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 50th round in 2003 CC: “It was great to be drafted. But I knew I was going to Arizona St. and wasn't going to
It's something that you look forward to when you play college baseball. These are team awards that they give out each year. It's such a cool event and it's a great to have your name go down in history.” TJSR: On being the midseason Freshman All-American by Baseball America CC: “It showed what you are doing is paying off throughout the year.” TJSR: On going to the College World Series in Omaha. I had an opportunity to play with Dustin and it was pretty cool to see how he goes about his business. And I had an opportunity to play at (Johnny) Rosenblatt Stadium. it's a great learning experience. It's another honor to be selected for that. And he had confidence in me to put me in the lineup. They went about the business of the game the right way. Coach Murphy puts a lot of emphasis on those wards. Those guys are past legends there. It was truly amazing. baseball program that features Reggie Jackson. After getting there.sign.” TJSR: On being invited to the USA Baseball National team trials sophomore year . I showed coach (Pat) Murphy that I put in an honest effort. Barry Bonds. I wanted to go to school. It's a great honor. among others CC: “It's pretty exciting to see those guys up on the wall.” TJSR: On the rich tradition of the Arizona St. CC: “It's a great baseball program and I always wanted to play there. I ended up playing well. you see the College World Series on the TV. you always have a chance to win the National Championship. Nebraska CC: “Growing up.” TJSR: On being All-Pac 10 honorable mention freshman year CC: “I don't know.” TJSR: On being named to the College World Series All-Tournament team sophomore year CC: “It goes along the same lines.” TJSR: On winning the Jim Henderson Courage Award and the Bobby Winkles Award sophomore year CC: “Those are awards that they have at ASU. It's a real privilege to get those awards. When you play at Arizona State. I had an opportunity to see the names of everybody that's been there. Dustin Pedroia.” TJSR: On why he chose to go to Arizona St. And when those guys come back and talk.
CC: “Playing for your country is an unbelievable opportunity. It's cool to see how other players go about their business. He's one of the most inspirational people out there. I got a chance to learn from those guys and see what it takes to be a Major League player. That was good. one day. It gives you a perspective on how lucky you are. It's a thrill to be able to watch him. but unfortunately.” TJSR: On being teammates in 2004 with AL reigning MVP Dustin Pedroia CC: “He was a great teammate.” TJSR: On getting a signed book by Lance Armstrong for beating cancer CC: “My dad had some connection and he sent a signed book with an inspirational message on it. but it was still a cool experience. but at the same time. Being in this lucky group gives you a special feeling. I didn't know how my outcome would be like.” TJSR: On being drafted by the New York Yankees in 2006 and being in the same organization as his favorite player. Derek Jeter CC: “Yeah. The way he carries himself and the way he prepares everyday. it won't be as deadly of a disease and there will be a cure. I have an opportunity to learn from some of the best. I was privileged and lucky enough to survive this dreaded disease to continue to play baseball.”© . That attitude has helped get him where he is today. It's kind of what you're looking for and it's always good to come out on top. Hopefully.” TJSR: On being a non-roster invitee to Yankees camp this year CC: “The past two years I went actually. he never quit. I didn't make it.” TJSR: On being a 2006 All-American candidate CC: “It shows what I've meant to my team in college.” TJSR: On playing for the Trenton Thunder and helping them to the back-to-back Championships CC: “It's always fun when you play the whole season and come away Champions. you walk around in the locker room and there's a lot of great players.” TJSR: On surviving cancer in 1999 CC: “When you get it. I got an opportunity to build friendships with many of these players. it's kind of a shock. I didn't think it would work out.
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