Interview With The Athlete
By Matthew Vuckovich
Readers first wanted interviews with actual agents, so we brought you Interview With The Agent. But that was not enough. Then readers requested interviews with athletes, so Interview With The Athlete was born. Recently, we interviewed the #4 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Entry Draft, Daniel Moskos. Today, we bring you an interview with the #1 overall pick of that draft, David Price. David is a left handed pitcher who played college ball at Vanderbilt University. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a team that could always use some more help in the bullpen. He had an outstanding junior year at Vandy as he racked up tons of awards. He took home the following: Dick Howser Trophy Winner, Golden Spikes Award Winner, Collegiate Baseball’s Co-National Player of the Year, CSTV’s College Player of the Year, First-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Rivals.com, Brooks Wallace Award Finalist, Roger Clemens Award Finalist, and SEC Pitcher of the Year. By all accounts, it was a decent season. While the interview is definitely not long, we appreciate that David was kind enough to take some time out of his very busy schedule to chat with me.
Matthew Vuckovich: What are some of the most important factors athletes in general look for in an agent?
David Price: TRUST is the most important factor.
Matthew Vuckovich: Since most people have no idea what it’s like to be a first overall draft pick in a professional sport, please tell our readers how it felt and what was going on in your mind.
David Price: That’s really something that you are not able to put into words. It is something that you dream about and then when it happens, you are just overwhelmed with happiness.
Matthew Vuckovich: Take me through your pre-draft preparation schedule. Workouts and the various events you attended?
David Price: There was no pre-draft preparation. We just lost on that Monday and the draft was on Thursday.
Matthew Vuckovich: What was the most memorable moment for you at Vanderbilt and what will you miss the most about college?
David Price: Most memorable moment was beating Ole Miss the second time in the SEC tournament. We scored 4 runs on 9 pitches to come back and win by 1 run.
Matthew Vuckovich: What advice do you have for any young aspiring athlete that wants to play ball in the majors?
David Price: It takes a lot of hard work to get there, so make sure you are ready for the challenge. If you don’t like to be challenged then you are in the wrong business!
Matthew Vuckovich: If you could sum up your game in 3 words, what would they be?
David Price: Energy, exciting, persistent
Matthew Vuckovich: On behalf of SportsAgentBlog.com and all of our readers, I would like to thank David Price for sharing his knowledge and experiences with us today. Till next time, be safe and act ethically in the business that you love.