Bronx native and Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez takes a swing at some Q&A with Submit columnist Steve Serby.
Q: What has enabled you to beat the percentages and get to the New York Yankees?
A: Persistence, arms down. It’s not all the time straightforward, and I had a variety of bumps alongside the street. However to get to this second, I needed to be very persistent and guess on myself so much. So simply believing in myself … that goes for something in life. I believe that was lesson: Simply be persistent, particularly in case you actually wish to do one thing.
Q: What was the most important bump within the street emotionally for you?
A: Getting damage. I bought like shoulder surgical procedure 2015, ’16. You actually can’t do something, you’re sort of motionless, simply watching guys mess around you, it sort of sucks, so going by way of that psychological hurdle, I believe that sort of established fortitude shifting ahead, like, hey, if you may get by way of that, you may get by way of anything the sport throws at you. Developing right here, doing effectively, that’s one other factor that sort of helped me in a means … made me much less timid to fail.
Q: What drives you?
A: Household, and with the ability to present, and be any individual that may be an inspiration, not solely to my household, however different folks, and simply being aggressive generally.
Q: Why is that vital to you to be an inspiration?
A: As a result of I seemed as much as folks after I was youthful — particularly guys that wore a uniform. Seeing that, seeing my father have the ability to present for us as a household and work exhausting to take action, he put me in a spot the place I might be higher off. Simply attempting to try this for the longer term generations, you recognize, for my children.
Q: What do you imply by that?
A: Like coming as much as the large leagues and never doing effectively, it’ll humble you. If you happen to can deal with that, return down and are available again up and do all proper. It’s a psychological hurdle and it’s like a life lesson, you recognize? Getting someplace you wish to get and never doing effectively could be very humbling.
Q: What would you ask your idol, Derek Jeter, once you meet him sooner or later?
A: I’d most likely be star-struck. I don’t assume I’ve ever been star-struck in my life, however I think about he’d be a man (snort). I’d have 1,000,000 questions beforehand and never keep in mind one among ’em.
Q: What’s the worst minor league bus experience you recall?
A: Ah man, each single one. They’re all unhealthy.
Q: Nobody stands out?
A: Nobody particularly stands out. They’re all unhealthy. Particularly in the event that they’re over two hours. … Something over a nap is horrible.
Q: Whenever you depart your mother and father’ home in Morris Park to go to the Stadium, what do you see on the experience there?
A: A whole lot of various kinds of bikes which is sort of new for me. I believe that’s been like a giant pattern as of late (snort) … mopeds, filth bikes, all sort of stuff. It’s a good looking time of the 12 months in New York, the climate’s cooling down, seeing the practice, and completely different folks, like the range that’s in The Bronx is all the time stunning. It’s native, very acquainted streets, so with the ability to drive round like that and go to the Stadium could be very, very cool.
Q: What do you concentrate on in your strategy to the Stadium?
A: Simply sort of making ready for the sport, simply occupied with that, what I’m gonna get into. However actually simply appreciating what I’m doing each day, I’m attempting to simply be grounded in these moments.
Q: Describe your on-field mentality.
A: Aggressive, not afraid to make errors. That’s part of enjoying baseball, you’re gonna mess up so much, you’re not gonna be good on a regular basis, so simply being aggressive and never timid, and you recognize, simply attempting to be myself.
Q: Why the attention black?
A: I’ve been doing that since most likely A-ball, like 2013. Night time recreation, day recreation, it doesn’t matter — that’s most likely like somewhat superstition I’ve. The lights are fairly vibrant up right here, too (snort).
Q: What’s it like enjoying behind Gerrit Cole?
A: Very spectacular to look at. What’s extra spectacular is how educated he’s earlier than he goes into the sport. He has such a formidable recreation plan that simply to listen to him speak about it’s spectacular. To know he has the expertise to exit and do what he did, however then see the sport plan and see it come to fruition on the sector is spectacular. However it’s not stunning as a result of he’s so good and so well-educated earlier than his begin that he simply goes on the market and handles his enterprise.
Q: What have you ever realized about Aaron Decide as a teammate?
A: Unbelievable teammate. Like, after I go searching, I see him as a captain, not solely off the sector and within the locker room, however what he goes out and does each day — and in large conditions. He’s very down-to-earth too.
Q: DJ LeMahieu?
A: A bit extra mild-mannered, but in addition a pacesetter in the best way he goes about his enterprise, and he reveals up on daily basis to place the barrel on the ball.
Q: Joey Gallo?
A: Joey … unbelievable athlete within the field. His physique can do issues that not all people’s physique can do. And that’s saying so much, as a result of some fairly athletic guys right here. When he will get ahold of ’em, it’s like a Darryl Strawberry-esque house run (chuckle).
Q: Anthony Rizzo?
A: Very cool, down-to-earth man that’s been round. He’s gained, so he is aware of what it takes to win. … All people’s very laid-back and approachable.
Q: Describe the Bleacher Creatures.
A: Unimaginable! I most likely bought a few of my boys up there (chuckle). … They’re superior.
Q: What did your father inform you about Mickey Mantle?
A: My grandfather noticed him play, I believe, however he would all the time speak about him. My father’s very well-educated on Yankee gamers in baseball historical past. He’ll watch like outdated video games on YES Community or MLB Community, and he’ll be reminiscing about gamers, conditions, large performs. … My father’s all the time been a fan of baseball and the Yankees, so he’s all the time like sort of instilled that in me.
Q: Who have been his favourite gamers?
A: Ah man … you’d should ask him, he talked about so many directly. … I believe he actually favored Reggie [Jackson]. … Mick “The Fast” [Mickey Rivera]. … The record goes on.
Q: If you happen to may face any pitcher in MLB historical past, who would it not be?
A: Who would I wish to face? … Randy Johnson — not saying I’d get a success off him, I simply wish to see what that’s like (snort).
Q: If you happen to may choose the mind of any MLB participant, who would it not be?
A: Wow, that’s query. … Perhaps Mickey Mantle, ’trigger switch-hitting is certainly not straightforward. … I’d like to speak to love Jimmy Rollins, a man I actually seemed as much as.
Q: No matter involves thoughts: Michael Kay?
A: Sort of just like the voice I’ve all the time heard watching the Yankees. I bought to satisfy him in ’18 actually fast and inform him that … however yeah, simply the voice that I’m very aware of.
Q: How about John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman?
A: I bought to talk to Suzyn as soon as. I don’t assume I met John but, however similar thought, very acquainted voices. … They’re excellent at what they do.
Q: Joel Osteen is talked about regularly in your Twitter feed.
A: My mom loves him. I believe my mother and my grandmother each love him, like these are my non secular guys on this life. With the ability to have that spirituality. He has clear reduce messages and so they’re all the time very motivational and like faith-based. He’s bought some retweetable stuff.
Q: Is the facility of constructive pondering vital to you?
A: Very. It’s not straightforward, particularly being human, it’s very straightforward to be adverse, I believe. We see that each day, however simply with the ability to management your ideas after which management your actuality is vital.
Q: What do you keep in mind about 9/11?
A: Getting pulled out of college, after which my father having to go down, and [help] out. He was a cop on the time, so he needed to go down, and assist out.
Q: What did he inform you about that day?
A: It’s ugly stuff. … That day made a huge effect on all people in New York. All people knew any individual that misplaced any individual.
Q: Your father knew those that he misplaced?
A: All people did.
Q: He got here by way of it OK, no issues?
A: Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s good. He went down after each buildings collapsed.
Q: Did he go down the identical day or the subsequent day?
A: I consider the identical day.
Q: Three dinner friends?
A: Frank Sinatra, Babe Ruth, let’s maintain it baseball, let’s go Mickey Mantle once more.
Q: Favourite film?
A: “A Bronx Story” [is] one.
Q: Favourite actor?
A: Denzel [Washington].
Q: Favourite singer/entertainer?
A: Maria Isabel.
Q: The place’s the perfect Morris Park pizza?
A: You bought Patricia’s, they bought like a margherita pizza … you bought Luciano’s for a slice … then you definitely bought Emilio’s, they bought this hen vodka alive that’s unbelievable, subsequent degree.
Q: What’s so particular about your mom’s lasagna?
A: If I knew I’d most likely open up a restaurant. … She may promote that lasagna.
Q: What are your favourite Bronx issues?
A: I’ll say range. I’ll say the folks. The unexpectedness of on daily basis, you by no means know what you’re gonna see on the market good and unhealthy (chuckle).
Q: Your message to Yankees followers can be what?
A: Hold the constructive vitality coming, I believe we feed off that. The Stadium’s been rocking, so I hope it’s rocking this week.
Q: Do you assume this group is a World Collection championship group?
A: Sure, arms down. For positive.