Tony Sanchez:”As long as you have the right mindset, everything will fall into place”
Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez was interviewed on milb.com and asked ten questions where he discussed topics like; the pressure of being a highly regarded prospect, Lebron James and what he bought with his signing bonus. You can read the entire chat here.
MiLB.com:What was your first day like with the Spikes as a Minor Leaguer?
Sanchez: Nerve-racking. It was surprisingly nerve-racking. We were in Williamsport playing the [Crosscutters], and there were 2,000 people in the stands, and that’s just as many as a Boston College game. It was my first coach, and he threw me behind the dish the last few innings, and I was like, ‘Oh, God, what if I come in and mess this game up?I was kinda nervous. We were tied, and in my second at-bat — man on second, two outs, tie game — I got a base hit and scored the go-ahead run, so that was pretty good. Even though it was [Class A Short Season], I was still pretty pumped.
MiLB.com: You’re arguably the Pirates’ top prospect at this point. Do you ever feel that pressure, that sense that there are a ton of fans out there waiting and watching you?
Sanchez: Pressure — the more you think about it, the more it’ll build up. Everything comes with hard work and that’s the reason why some might say I am the top prospect, and others might say someone else is the top prospect. But as long as you have the right mindset, everything will fall into place. But I try not to think about it; it’s a wonderful title to have, especially with the guys who are in our system. But you take it for what it is
MiLB.com: You got hit in the head twice pretty badly this year, and I’m sure people have asked you about that a million times — concussion-like symptoms the first time and a fractured jaw, which was wired shut, the second time. Let me first ask: you reportedly threw Chef Boyardee and Campbell’s Chunky Soup into a blender to eat during that time. How’d it taste?
Sanchez: I’m going to go out on the limb saying that breaking your jaw is in the top three worst injures in sports, because for a month straight, when you have to throw Chef Boyardee into a blender for both lunch and dinner, everyday, for a month, you’ll realize how bad that injury is. It was so bad, I was so depressed at times. I would watch my roommate, Brock Holteeat whatever he wanted, and I would have to carry it to him because he was on crutches. It was not something I would wish on my worst enemy. I went from macaroni and cheese to spaghetti and meatballs to ravioli, mini ravioli, Beefaroni, rigatoni…