How would you describe yourself as a player? Are there any guys in Major League Baseball you try to emulate?
"I’m very competitive and don’t like to lose, obviously. I’m chippy, which I think I get from playing hockey. Those qualities tie back to Mookie Betts sort of having a little swagger and just being confident all the time, no matter the situation and how I’m playing."
How much pride do you take in being a New England native playing college baseball close to home?
"I just love it. I was out in the Northwoods League this past summer playing with all the kids from California, Texas and Florida, and they all talk about how it’s warm all the time. I’m just like, ‘You guys don’t realize that we’re playing out in 40-degree weather when we start in March.’ They were horrified, but it’s just something I’ve always done and doesn’t bother me. I could just tell they were in shock and awe that we do that. Whenever people think of baseball, nobody thinks of New England. Then, we go down and play those Southern teams, give them good games, and hopefully beat them and it just changes their thoughts about baseball up here."