Thomas Arteaga: From 1-to-10
THOMAS ARTEAGA is one of the senior leaders on his regional-playoff-bound baseball squad. waverunner writer andrew barton caught up with thomas to talk all things, from one to ten!
One thing that motivates you before games:
“I would say definitely just the rush of playing baseball. It’s a great game.”
Two quotes that you live by:
“When you think about quitting, think about why you started.” and “When you fall down, fall on your back. Because the only way you can get up is if you look up.”
Three other sports you enjoy playing:
“Football, golf surprisingly, and then soccer.”
Four things your coach says to you before the game:
"Clear our mindset, do what we’ve been doing all season, tight D (he always says tight D) and finish."
Five foods you have on gameday:
"Whatever we have to eat before the game *laughs*. But there’s nothing really specific that I would have. If i were to have something specific, it’d be protein like peanut butter, bananas, apples, that sort of thing."
Six memories you have made at P.K. Yonge:
"The friends that i’ve made, all the baseball memories—and that’s a lot of memories. All of the good teachers that are here. Going to prom, that’s a good memory. The football games here are so much fun, the soccer games, too. Those are always intense."
Seven people you look up to:
"My mom and dad, my cousin Adam, Francisco Lindor, coach Brunson, Allen Hurns and Paul Posluszny, the linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars."
Eight things you’ve improved on from the start of the season:
"Time management, off the field. Getting across town for games *laughs*. That what I’ve definitely learned, finding shortcuts. On the field, I’ve learned about myself. I’ve learned about how to be in big moments. I’ve become more aware of how I throw. My grades have been maintained throughout, too. I’ve learned how to prioritize stuff and build the chemistry with our players on and off the field. That’s definitely improved."
Nine years ago, what advice would you give your current self:
“I would tell my nine-year old self just to stick with it. Baseball is a sport where you have your ups, you have your downs. It just a part of the game, you have to deal with it. Because in the end, it’s all good."
Ten years from now, where and what do you want to be:
“Wow, 28? So I’m definitely done with college, I’m not going to do grad school. But honestly, I don't really know. I’ll figure out what I want to do through internships. I’m going to major in sports management, so that branches in to a lot of different fields. Sports broadcasting is what I wanted to do for a while, but at the same time, maybe I’d feel better doing other stuff."