The Detroit Tigers 2011 3rd Round draft pick 1st basemen Aaron Westlake took some time recently to answer a few questions for the Country Strong Tigers. Here are the questions with Aaron’s answers applied:
Q: What’s the one thing you have to have on long road trips?
A: Have to have an iPod or some type of device that plays music.
Q: Any Pre-Game superstitions?
A: Don’t have any superstitions.
Q: Who was the person you looked up to growing up?
A: I looked up to my parents growing up. They have taught me the right way to live life and to live it to the fullest.
Q: Who influenced you as far as playing the game of baseball?
A: My Dad influenced me the most. He would always find time to help me any way he could with the game, whether is was throwing BP to me, hitting me ground balls, or simply playing catch.
Q: Why did you choose the number you chose, any special reason or was it just given to you?
A: I did not choose the number I was given.
Q: Best manager you have ever played for throughout your career?
A: Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt has been the best manager I have played for throughout my career so far. He taught me not only lessons about baseball, but life lessons as well.
Q: Best player you have played with or against?
A: I have had the opportunity to play with and against many great players. I would have to say the best player I was fortunate to play with so far has been Sonny Gray who I played with for 3 years at Vanderbilt, and who was drafted by the A’s in the first round in last year’s draft.
Q: If you could have gone pro or played any other sport besides baseball, what would it have been and why?
A: Would have played golf. I grew up playing golf a lot as well, and like playing the game.
Q: Best/worst parks to play in? (or cities to travel to)
A: Since I signed later, I missed most of the away trips at Short Season in Norwich. For the places I went, State College (Penn State) and Lowell, were some fun cities we traveled to.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
A: Coaching or some sort of financial management.
Thanks again Aaron for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. The writers and readers of the Country Strong Tigers thank you as well. Good luck on your journey to the Big Leagues.
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