The Detroit Tigers 7th round pick back in 2010, 2nd basemen Corey Jones, took some time to answer a few questions for our readers of the Country Strong Tigers. Here are the questions with Corey’s answers applied:
Q: What’s the one thing you have to have on long road trips?
A: No doubt my iPhone. It’s sad to say but its my life line. I feel useless when I dont have it with me. Not only entertains me but keeps me connected to the world.
Q: Any Pre-Game superstitions?
A: I talk to God before every game. Just a quick little prayer, mostly asking to stay healthy. Aside from that, if I get a hit(or more then one) in a game, I do the exact same routine the next day, from waking up at the same time, to eating the same breakfast and lunch, listening to the exact same music in the exact same order, and even wearing the same clothes when I go to the field. So when I have a hitting streak going my clothes start smelling a little bit. At least it saves me from having to do laundry often. And when I don’t get a hit, I change things up until I find a new routine that works again. But there are a few things that seem to work more consistently then others so I tend to go back to those ones.
Q: Who was the person you looked up too growing up?
A: I definitely looked up to both of my parents growing up, and still do. They’re hard working middle class people who did everything they could to give my sisters and I every advantage they could. My Dad pushed me and made me better and better at baseball, more then anybody else could have. My mom is my rock and gives me more psychological and mental support then anybody, regardless if things are going good or bad. She keeps me grounded.
Q: Who influenced you as far as playing the game of baseball?
A: There is a guy from my home town named Jeff Tackett who was a catcher, and played Major League Baseball with Tigers and Orioles, and I was fortunately blessed with the opportunity to meet him at a young age. He’s taught me a lot of things about the game, from hitting to how to play the game of baseball the right way. I still am in good contact with him today and talk to him after every game just to go over at bats and situations that came up in the game. Its nice to have somebody in my corner who I’ve known since I was a kid who has played Major League Baseball, and has gone through everything that I am going through now. Jeff has no doubt been a huge influence in my playing career.
Q: Why did you choose the number you chose, any special reason or was it just given to you?
A: I dont seem to have a specific number. I wore the number 1 in college and really enjoyed wearing that number. But since playing professionally I think I’ve had a different number every year just because they have either been given to me or the available numbers to choose from weren’t exactly anything I was thrilled over. But generally I would prefer to wear any number 1 through 9.
Q: Best manager you have ever played for throughout your career?
A: Its hard to single out one in particular because I’ve played for so many great onces since I was in high school. I’ve been fortunate to be part of a winning team and tradition every step of my career. But if I had to single out a certain person I would actually say the assistant coach my freshman year at cal state Fullerton(who is now the head coach) Rick Vanderhook. I say “Hooky” because he more then anybody taught me how to play baseball correctly. By playing correctly I mean with respect, and understanding the game, and situations, and how its an individual game within a team game. I feel once I began to finally understand these concepts I became a much better player.
Q: Best player you have played with or against?
A: I have played with and against so many great players! Probably hundreds of guys who are in MiLB and a few who are now in MLB. I went to high school with Tigers outfielder Delmon Young. He’s a few years older then I am, I was a freshman his senior year, and I was fortunate to be able to play a few games on varsity as a freshman and watching him play at that age was indescribable. He was definitely a man among boys.
Q: If you could have gone pro or played any other sport besides baseball, what would it have been and why?
A: Realistically I’m way too small to play either basketball or football. I think it could be a lot of fun to be a pro snowboarder, skateboarder or surfer. Shaun White seems to have a pretty sweet life. I guess really anything that gives me a chance to travel.
Q: Best/worst parks to play in? (or cities to travel to)
A: Without offending anybody, anywhere in Iowa. When I was in the Midwest League, a few of the teams were in Iowa and each trip was an experience…or I guess not an experience maybe? There isn’t a whole lot going on in Iowa.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
A: In 20 years I see myself retired from a long and respectable Major League baseball career. I’d also like to take advantage of some time off and travel, I really love to travel. I’d like to be an entrepreneur one day. I have a few, of what I think, are million dollar ideas. So hopefully when baseball is over get these ideas rolling and maybe be the next Steve Jobs….or Slash…
Myself, the writers and the readers of the Country Strong Tigers appreciate and thank you for taking time to answer these questions. Hope to see you turning a 4-6-3 double play one day at Comerica!
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