Introducing Will Middlebrooks
MA: You’ve gotten off to a great start, what do you think of the Eastern League
WM: I love it. Some good stadiums, today it’s really nice out here, which has been rare so far.
MA: Now you’re playing at a place on the road with a lot of tradition, and you’ll see big crowds here all season
WM: Huge crowds here, it’s a different kind of intensity when you’re playing in front of six or seven thousand people.
MA: I’ve always asked this question, but players do like playing in front of big crowds?
WM: We’ve played in front of a lot people before, but you have great crowds, it’s a different kind of energy.
MA: Lot of first year players here, yourself, Tim Federowicz and Alex Hassan. It seems like the three of you are comfortable with the transition to Double-A
WM: Yeah we have, and I think that’s a credit to our coaches, and even our teammates. Some of us have played together for three years, and we have some good conversations.
MA: I talked to Alex Hassan about this, there’s that saying that pitchers are ahead of hitters, but it doesn’t seem like that here in Portland.
WM: It doesn’t seem like. We’re pretty consistent with our approach. Alex (Hassan) is one of the best overall hitters, especially with his approach, he’s a great ballplayer.
MA: You’re getting some attention from the Boston sports stations because Ryan Mallet (New England Patriots 3rd Round pick) is someone you know.
WM: He’s my best friend growing up, we met back in the sixth grade when our dads starting coaching together and we’ve been like brothers ever since.
MA: Have you talked to him yet?
WM: I had a text after Friday’s game, saying New England drafted me. I gave him a call and talked to him and congratulated him.
MA: Now you two are both playing for team’s in a big media market.
WM: We were growing up, we often talked about playing in the NFL together and being neighbors. That was like a fantasy world back then, but now it could happen.
MA: Talk about your football background
WM: I grew up in Texarkana, Texas, huge football area. When they say there’s nothing open in little towns, it’s really like that. My dad’s been a football coach for 28 years.
The complete interview can be heard on the U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network beginning at 5:4o PM