Monday, January 16, 2012

Sean Gregory Interveiew

A native of West Islip,NY Sean Gregory attended the University at Albany where he had a 4.69 ERA with 13 wins, and 13 saves in 96 games pitched for the Great Danes. In 2009, Gregory was named an America East All-Star.

After he finished his career at Albany, Gregory was signed by the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League where he had a 2.45 ERA in 25.2 innings pitched.

In 2010, Gregory stayed in the Can-Am League making stops in Quebec, Winnipeg and Fargo-Moorhead.

Gregory started the 2011 season with the Worchester Tornadoes where he had a 0-2 record with a 3.97 ERA.

On August 23, 2011 Gregory signed with the Ducks after being released by Worcester. He pitched seven regular season games for the Ducks that season.

CM: When you were in high school at West Islip did you ever go to Ducks games? If so, Who was your favorite player?

SG: I only went to a few games when I was younger. I spent most of the time on a playing field so getting to games was never easy. I still followed the team through the paper and news when I could. Favorite player was Tom Castellano. He threw me a baseball after an inning when I was young enough for that to make the night.

CM: What was your favorite baseball team growing up? Favorite player?

SG: New York Mets have always been my favorite team. It would be too easy to be a Yankee fan. I grew up a catcher so Todd Hundley was my favorite. My little league jerseys always had the same number.

CM: What was it like playing at The University at Albany?

SG: My college career was great. I really can't say anything bad about it. I was a part of the programs most successful season and the first regional and conference championship. I also cemented my name in several categories in their record books.

CM: What was it like recording the final out against University of Vermont in the final game of their existence?

SG: The best part about it was the victory put us in the championship round against Binghamton. A re-match of the 2007 championship that we won and had our programs first regional bid. Beating Vermont kept my college career alive by one more day!

CM: After college you went north of the boarder and played for Quebec and Winnipeg. What was that like?

SG: Winnipeg was a pit stop for me and most of the games were played on the road. Beautiful stadium and a well run organization like the Ducks. Quebec was a great experience (minus everything up there being is French, good thing I took Spanish in high school). Winning a professional championship in my first year of pro baseball was something I will never forget. We also had local hero Eric Gagne that year so the fan following around us was great all season.

CM: In 2011, you came back home to Long Island. What were the circumstances of you signing with the Ducks?
SG: After having some of the best number for the Worcester Tornadoes bullpen they decided a one inning specialist wasn't working (granted 75% of my outing were more then one inning) so they traded me to the Can-Am traveling team. I decided I was not going to be traded to a team of guys out of college with no home field, lower pay, no team bus, after three years of professional success. So I emailed Mike Pfaff and the Ducks signed me after throwing a bullpen. I made my Ducks debut that night too.

CM: What was it like being apart of the the Ducks in 2011?

SG: I wish I could have been a part of the team the entire season but this group of players made it feel like I had been. By far the best clubhouse and a team full of players who truly cared if the guy next to them was playing well. Most importantly for my career, having a chance to talk to a guy who throws sidearm and made it up to the big leagues was awesome. Same goes for the entire coaching staff. They were always willing to help or watch a bullpen and critique. Many other organizations barely do that. Best part was the Ducks fan base is amazing. Most knowledgeable fans I have met.

CM: What are your plans for the 2012 season?

SG: Right now I am not sure. My first choice is to be a Duck again and experience the full season. If not I would like to stay within the Northeast for my family and my girlfriend. However with two Can-Am teams going under in the winter that really only leaves Rockland.
CM: How does a pitcher end of working for B45 Bat Company?

SG: I was heading into coaching and asked the Owner of B45, who happened to be the Quebec Capitales manager about some fungo bats. He asked if I would be interested in working for the company and of course I jumped at the chance to continue to work within the baseball field. It has helped me meet some great contacts.

CM: If you could play catch with one person dead or alive who would it be?

SG: This one is easy. My dad. He passed away my Sophomore year of high school and our goal was to play both college and pro baseball, like every son and father talk about when your ten. Just so happened that I got number 18 with the Ducks which is a very important number for me. He passed away January 18th, and was born 1/8.

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