Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
F.R. Thanks for talking with us Craig! First question, how does a guy travel between Syracuse, Washington DC and all the cities you play in from night to night...with one suitcase or two?
C.S. The travel is probably the hardest thing throughout the season. Going from hotel to hotel and then back to your apartment doesn't really seem like you get a break. I make sure that I have my car with me at our home city so that I can keep most of my stuff with me throughout the season, i.e. golf clubs. However, when we are on the road only one suitcase and small carry on type bag is all I need to get thru the road trips.
F.R. We've noticed you have over 2,800 followers on Twitter, including Fish Report! Who are all these people and what are you tweeting about?
C.S. That's a good question, because I probably don't know most of them. I'm guessing there is either a large amount of farmers from Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties on Twitter or there are just a few loyal Nats fans hitting up the Twitter universe! I do not really tweet much, but usually its about something sports related. Like everyone else I like keeping up to date on the Flyers, Irish and Bengals. So, if you have Twitter, follow me!!!!
F.R. By the way, back home Versailles is off to a great start in baseball this spring! Do you keep in touch with the Tigers program at all?
C.S. I wish I knew more about what was going on with their season. Every once in a while I will catch something on the internet about how they are doing. With the newly renovated baseball field, it should only help the program. Maybe Fish Report could give me more updates on Tigerball baseball!
F.R. Back when you played in high school, where there any moments or games you'll never forget?
C.S. There are several because we had a very close group of guys that had played together for a long time. We knew we were pretty good and I think that only made it more fun for all of us as we played our senior season only losing two games. Our best baseball of that season was actually played at the Russia Invitational, where we beat Russia and then St. Henry both in run rule games where we outscored them 31-1. Later in the season, in the sectional final, again at Russia, probably my most memorable moment from high school as an individual was a game winning 3 run homerun in the bottom of the 6th to give us a 3-0 win vs. Twin Valley South. Josh Bruns shut them down striking out 14 or 15 guys! As a pitcher now, you always remember your hits! I would mention my favorite basketball moment(s), but I'm afraid I would offend some of your readers!
F.R. And our last question is for all the kids that want to play in the major leagues some day. What does it take to get there?
C.S. I consider myself very lucky and blessed to have been able to make it to the major leagues. I'm not sure there is a blue print that if you follow it, you will get to play major league baseball. But, I do know that it has taken a great deal of hard work, help from great coaches along the way, a lot of luck, some divine intervention, and a personal commitment to never stop believing in yourself and realizing that anything you set your mind to can be accomplished.
Great stuff Craig! Thanks for talking with Fish Report and good luck this season!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Fish Report recently caught up with Russia alum Brent Pleiman! Brent played for the Raiders basketball team from 2002-2006. Among his many high school accomplishments, he was a two-time Shelby County League Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Ohio, and still holds the Russia record for points in a single game with 46! Brent went on to play college basketball and finished his successful career at Ohio Wesleyan in 2010. Fish Report got a chance to ask Brent five questions and here's what he had to say:
F.R. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Brent. So tell us what you've been up to since you hung up the laces?
B.P. Hey Fish Report, thanks for having me on and for the great coverage. Currently, I live in Worthington, Ohio on the north side of Columbus with some friends from college. I work in audit and tax for GBQ, which is regional accounting firm serving businesses all over Ohio. My girlfriend, Shannon, is in college at OWU and will graduate in 2012.
F.R. Since you finished your playing days at Ohio Wesleyan, do you play competitively or recreationally anymore?
B.P. Yes, I am playing in a couple of Recreational Leagues with some college teammates. We are currently 3-0 in the spring league. It is pretty competitive as there are a lot of former basketball players along with some former Buckeye football players that make appearances from time to time.
F.R. Living over in Columbus, do you get a chance to keep up with the program at Russia anymore or get to any of the games?
B.P. Yes, I always follow them online to check out the score and try to make it back for a game or two when I can, but the college basketball schedule and studies kept me very busy. I plan to make it to more games in the future since Jacob (brother) enters high school next year.
F.R. Looking back at your years with the Raiders, what stands out as one of your best memories?
B.P. There were a lot of good memories. I always remember the fun we had playing in games but also the good times we had off the court. I would have to say the best memories are playing in the regional’s at Oxford my senior year and winning the outright league title my Junior and Senior years as those titles came down to the last weekend of the season.
F.R. Finally, do you have any advice for any of the younger players learning the game and trying to succeed?
B.P. I think it is important to always be working on your fundamentals. It is great to play a pickup game or open gym and that is very important to check your improvement, but working on individual fundamentals really makes the difference. Be a student of the game as there is always more to learn. For those who watched Butler play in the recent NCAA’s, they play hard nose solid defense and have role players and therefore, everyone is pulling together for one common goal...To win. And always remember, whether you win or lose; you need to always go back to practice and work hard to get better.
Great advice Brent! Thanks again for taking the time to talk to Fish Report and we hope to see you around Russia!