District 9: Adam LaRoche
We are putting our own spin on the traditional “10 Questions” format this season. To mix it up a little, we are asking players, front office members, coaches, prospects and others nine questions we think you’d like to know the answer to, then bringing you their responses in written and video form. This Q&A originally appeared in Volume 6, Issue 7 of Inside Pitch.
1. After the first two months, how would you describe your 2013 season?
I can tell you I had a lot more fun month two than I did month one. I’m getting closer to where I want to be with each day and each game that goes by.
2. How have your years of experience helped you and your teammates stay relaxed through the good times and bad?
It’s great because I can relay to these guys the importance of not panicking over a small slump. The longer I’ve played, the more I know that when I look back at the year the numbers will be fine, and the production will be there. There’s nothing to worry about.
3. Even when you’re struggling, discuss how your defense never takes a day off.
It is two separate parts of the game. You’ve got to be able to learn not take a bad at-bat into the field, and to not take an error in the field to your next at-bat. If you’re not hitting, you can at least do something productive.
4. Does the fact that the baseball carries farther in warmer weather give you more confidence at the plate?
It’s almost like going to smaller ballparks. The ball flies, so even if you’re in a deep rut there’s a little bit of hope in the back of your mind. You’re thinking, ‘Man, I could miss one here and still hit it off the wall or hit a home run.’ It’s the same thing when it warms up.
5. With the heat rising, do you anticipate your teammates getting hot as well?
They say hitting can be contagious, and I’ve actually seen it over and over. A couple guys get going and other guys get going at the same time. That’s just a part of baseball.
6. With three multi-home run games to your credit already this season, is it any coincidence that you hit them in bunches?
It may have something to do with getting the first one early and going up with a little different outlook. Confidence is everything in this game. Once you hit one and you’re feeling good that day, you get into that groove.
7. You’ve won a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. What would it mean to you to add an All-Star appearance to your career accomplishments?
I thought last year I had a good shot — at least I was in the conversation. If and when that happens it would be pretty special to add to the list.
8. As you’ve grown up, how have you found the balance between baseball, family life and your offseason, off-the-field pursuits?
It has been easy for me, it always has. Without going into crazy detail, I’m a religious person. I feel like this is why I was put in this position of playing baseball … to be an influence. I choose not to let the game of baseball dictate who I am as a person.
9. What is it like having your son Drake with you on the road?
It’s awesome. Do you want to interview him?