Jupiter Florida Spring Training 2013
INTERVIEW WITH ADRON CHAMBERS
As my dad and I head down to Florida at the end of March for Spring Training I am reminded how much baseball can change in one year. Last March I interviewed Adron Chamber when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, he got called up during the post season for the series against the Dodgers. During the off season things changed for Adron who is now a member of the Houston Astro’s, but of course my question were never really about baseball but more about Adron as a person and I found out a lot of cool things about the 27-year-old Pensacola, Florida native.
HALEY: Do you have a favorite ballpark and why? And is there a ballpark where you feel you always play well in?
ADRON: One of my favorite ballparks is Wrigley Field because of all the history and nostalgia and I think I play best at home in St Louis.
HALEY: Can you share with us your first memory as playing in the majors?
ADRON: When I got called up in 2011. It was an amazing experience just being in the locker room with all my teammates, coaches and they have TV’s in the locker room. Then my first opportunity to play was being a pinch runner and I was happy to be on the field.
HALEY: What part of your game do you feel like you need to improve upon?
ADRON: I feel that I could work on all aspects of my game. There is always room for improvement.
HALEY: What brand of gear do you use?
ADRON: Louisville Slugger bat, Rawlings fielding glove, Franklin batting gloves and Nike cleats.
HALEY: What teammate do you feel has helped your game?
ADRON: Lance Berkman, he has a lot of baseball knowledge and lots of great stories.
HALEY: Have you ever been the victim of a practical joke?
ADRON: Yes, but it wasn’t really a practical joke but as a rookie they made me put on a pretty red dress and we all had to take pictures.
HALEY: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
ADRON: I wanted to be a professional football player. Football is my passion but I love baseball as well.
HALEY: Who is would win in a mascot fight Fred Bird or Slugger?
ADRON: Fred Bird of course you know he takes Jiu Jitsu.
HALEY: If you were a super hero who would it be?
ADRON: Batman because he is a cool guy.
HALEY: Do you have any pets, and what is your favorite animal?
ADRON: I like dogs, cats, and I love most animals. I think my favorite animal is a pitbull, they are misunderstood dogs and really wonderful pets.
HALEY: What is your favorite thing to cook?
ADRON: Spaghetti, but I like to cook a lot. I can throw down some chicken and pork chops too.
HALEY: What is your favorite restaurant in St Louis?
ADRON: Mike Shannon’s because I get to eat there for free.
HALEY: Who has better BBQ Kansas City or St. Louis?
ADRON: St. Louis of course, and I would say my friends joint Smoki O’s is the spot. I make the best BBQ in St. Louis.
HALEY: During away games what do you generally do before the game?
ADRON: We stay in 5 star hotels so it is just great to relax in these nice hotels. When I am in New York it is fun to travel around the city and do a little site seeing.
HALEY: Do you have any other favorite sports besides Baseball?
ADRON: Football, Basketball and Soccer, I like to watch all of them.
HALEY: If you were not playing baseball, what else could you see yourself doing?
ADRON: My mom says I should have been a lawyer. Maybe I will try that after my baseball career is over. I love working with kids. We built a sporting facility in Pensacola Fl. where we educate kids about youth sports and help them develop their skills.
HALEY: What was your favorite school subject?
HALEY: Favorite Ballpark food?
ADRON: Philly Cheesesteaks
HALEY: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
ADRON: Butter Pecan
HALEY: Do you have a favorite book?
ADRON: Anything written by Gary Sheffield
ADRON: Major League or Sandlot
HALEY: 5 songs in your IPOD you have on repeat?
ADRON: Dwayne Woods “Stop Worrying”, Kirk Franklin “Storm Is Over” and songs from Kem, Brian McKnight and Jill Scott
HALEY: What city needs a Major League Baseball team?
ADRON: Pensacola FL, We would have the Pelicans, the fans would show up and we would turn it out.
HALEY: What advice would you give to young players?
ADRON: NEVER QUIT, seems simple but it is the best way
This interview was originally published on Baseball Youth Magazine.com.