In real life, that would be none
other than Kelly Mulligan, mother of
Today, we begin with Kelly's
interview with pitcher Samuel Freeman. The 21-year-old native of
While pitching for
As you'll see below, Freeman was an easy interview for Kelly as she had to ask only one question to get the discussion going! Thanks to Kelly and Samuel both!
If you want to catch the rest of
Kelly Mulligan's reports from
Kelly Mulligan: How old were you when you started playing baseball?
Freeman: Four years old - in the Carrollton Little League,
made the Varsity Team my sophomore year in (
My junior year, we made the playoffs for the first time in school history. We won 12 games in district and made the playoffs. My senior year we were a game away from going to State, but we lost to Midway, two games in a row, best of three. The score was 8-3 in first game and 3-0 in the second on a one hitter. They had a dominant pitcher who is now in the Pirates organization. They rallied and we lost. I grew up playing with those teammates and when it came to an end it was sad. I hit .364 my senior year playing centerfield and pitching.
was going to join the Army, but then coach Mark Allen saw me pitch and then that
is where my opportunity came into play. He recruited me to
coach took me to a pitching clinic over Christmas break, because we were
clashing over my wanting to be a centerfielder and him wanting me be a pitcher.
I went to the pitching clinic in
My first game pitching during my freshman year of Junior college, my fastball was clocking at 93 MPH. Then I knew my best chances of making the major leagues were as a pitcher. There was a Giants scout there and he approached me about a future in MLB. I finished the season with 15 innings, 15 strikeouts, 15 walks, and 7.80 ERA. I was disappointed with my results.
That summer I played with an 18 U travel team, and I worked on my pitching. I struggled there too, and I got discouraged. But deep inside I said, ‘I am going to make this work'. I practiced and studied the mental game of baseball the by the book, trying to figure out how to be successful.
the fall I drew interest from four colleges and was still pitching and
playing center. Texas A&M,
I didn't pitch that much my sophomore year in Junior College (in 2007), until another starter went on the DL. Then I got a win versus Grayson JC when they were ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Then I earned another start. I kept doing well and I ended up with a 10-1 record for the season.
Calmar invited me to a workout and I was drafted again by the Cardinals in the
32nd round (of the 2008 draft) and I signed. I reported to mini-camp in June and
then started the season in the
The best thing about playing baseball for JC was the teammates and coaches, and the atmosphere. Every day was fun, as there was always something new going on.
My best game was in August versus the Rays. I lost the save, they charged me with two runs that weren't mine, a two-run home run, but I was really happy with my results. My fastball was 93-94 MPH, my cut fastball was 83-91 and I struck out four in 1 1/3 innings.
I got the call up to
first outing at
This season has almost been unreal. Everything has happened really fast. I am living my dream of playing baseball as a living.
am doing my best and I hope to see you in
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