MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WREG) – Baseball is the Goodmans’ family business, and it’s not just because of the Memphis Tigers wide receiver and new Colorado Rockie Hunter Goodman.
“My mom played college softball and my dad coached my mom when she played college softball.”
Goodman has been in the game for as long as he can remember.
“Growing up my dad and grandpa played fast softball so I was always on the field watching them play and after the game they would throw the ball at you, hit it, run around the bases and do n ‘ whatever. So, I’ve been playing baseball since I was 3 or 4 years old.
And, being a recipient is right in its DNA.
“My mom and dad were both catchers and I wanted to catch so they told me not to do it because they said ‘oh your knees it’s hard on your body’ or other. But I love this. It’s funny. I like to be a part of every pitch.
Since the Tigers’ season ended in May, the return to FedExPark has been a bit of an emotion for Goodman. This is where his breakout freshman season left a lasting mark on the Tigers’ schedule.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I got there, so I just went in and I played and I stayed loose and I kept my confidence – I just went out and I played, I didn’t know what to expect and just confident in my abilities.
In two and a half seasons with the Tigers, Goodman racked up 12 all-American accolades, starting last season as the AAC preseason Player of the Year.
He remains humble in the face of his rewards on and off the pitch and attributes his motivation to his parents.
“My parents aren’t the ones who are going to say ‘oh, you had a good game’ if you had a bad game. Like they’re gonna be honest with me and honestly they don’t even get mad about it or anything like that. They don’t care about all the statistics and that sort of thing. It’s more about how I handle it and stuff like that and how I approach baseball and life. “
“I feel like it motivates you more and it also teaches you that not everything will be given to you in life, you have to work for it. You have to keep improving no matter what, even if you do. a good game or if you have a bad game.Once that game is over, you need to focus on the next game.
Goodman’s next game will be with the pros, seeing his dream come true as the Rockies’ second day pick 109th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft.
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