Baseball catcher Owen Green has been named this weeks Knight of the Week. Owen is a 6'0" senior from Christiansburg, Virginia and is on this years 12-7 baseball team. We were able to sit down with Owen to ask him some questions about what makes this year's team tick, and how they can continue to improve.
How old were you when you started baseball? Who and what got you interested?
"I started playing baseball when I was about four years old. I honestly just wanted to play because my friends were all playing and it seemed fun, but it was also my dads' favorite sport. He really loved baseball, and I thought that I would try it out to see what all the fuss was about."
What brought you to Southern Virginia?
"On my first visit to Southern Virginia, the baseball team was really welcoming. They already talked to me like I had been a part of the team already, and it really just felt like a brotherhood from the beginning. It just felt like the people were really nice around this area, and it helped that my friend Ryan Saunders was already here to make me feel like I wasn't alone."
Do you have any pre-game/in-game rituals?
"The only things I would consider rituals are I always listen to certain songs in a very set order while on the way to our game. And just this year I made it a rule for myself that I would only throw with our starting pitcher on the day of the game. It started because one of our games at the beginning of the season I was warming up with our starting pitcher and he went on to throw a no-hitter that day. I just figured I should only do this, and see if it has the same effect."
What do you enjoy most about the team?
"This years team has strong chemistry. We love hanging out with each other, and just building those bonds. It helps a lot that our coach has built us up, and helped us find more respect for each other and ourselves as well. He also is all about giving everyone an opportunity in practices and games to show why we deserve playing time. It just has an incredible atmosphere this year, and feels like we are a true team."
What life-lessons has baseball taught you?
"There are a lot of things you can learn from baseball, but this year has been a really good year for me on a few. Our coach has been all about respecting those around you, regardless of who they are or what they have done. We should be respectful to everyone. Another one is that we should never give up on our dreams. The motivation to keep going can fluctuate when we start to get pushed down, but that is when we need to get back up and keep working hard so that we can prove the haters wrong."
What are your future plans?
"Well I am graduating this year so that is the first step. I need to focus on that first, but after that I would love to go into sports marketing. I am currently working on getting my foot in the door on some jobs in that field. My ultimate dream would be to go to Detroit and work for either the Detroit Pistons or Detroit Tigers. I grew up watching those two franchises, and have always wanted to be a part of the fantastic team that helps create such an environment for success."