Mike Zunino arrived at Safeco Field about midway through Mariners batting practice. He hit some impressive homers into the seats.
He was obviously excited about being called up as you can see above. He was talking pretty fast.
One thing he was asked is his response to people, who don’t believe he’s ready.
“For me, all I can do is go out there and play the best ball I can,” he said. “If I can help them ball team win in any way, I think that’s being ready. So that’s what I’m going to do.”
A year ago at this time, he was playing for the University of Florida and preparing for the College World Series in Omaha.
“I don’t think I could have pictured this a year ago that this is where I’d be,” he said. “It’s exceeded everything I’ve ever dreamed of. I’m just going to embrace it as it comes.”
Zunino got off to a torrid start and then fell off dramatically. But he feels like that will only help him.
“You learn yourself as a ball player,” he said. “You have to go through struggles to have good times when you are playing. Everyone is going to encounter those. You get down that low you just have to climb your way back up. I just tried to piece together good at-bats and continue to catch well because I know that’s the most important part and that’s all I could focus on.”
Pitchers were making adjustments, and he was seeing less and less hittable fastballs.
“It was big,” he said. “You have guys that are competing to do the same thing you do – get to the big leagues. You have some guys that have been there and some guys are trying to get there. Every pitch matters to those guys. And you need to have that focus also.”