After a four-year career at Georgetown, right-hander Jack Cushing was selected in by the Oakland A’s in the 23rd-round of the 2019 MLB draft. Cushing made two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League before jumping to short-season Vermont, where he had a 5.59 ERA in 37 innings.
Donald Moore spoke with Cushing during the final weekend of the season.
Donald Moore: Hi Jack, how is everything going for you this season?
Jack Cushing: It’s been an awesome experience this year. It’s my first year getting out here and playing the game I love and working hard each and every day trying to get better each week, so loving it.
DM: What were your goals for this season?
JC: I just wanted to get the first year under my belt, like I just said, work really hard and set a guideline on how I will approach my next level in my career. Looking to base this year off of and build on it.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
JC: My competitiveness. I don’t give in to anything and 100 percent attacking and looking to execute pitches for outs.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
JC: That’s a really good question. There are so many different things I’d like to learn. I’d say more of the mental side of the game and really understanding the different aspects of the game on the mound and certain attacks on hitters and stuff like that.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
JC: It’s a lot different playing baseball every day. Two summers I spent in the Northwoods League and it’s very similar playing a lot of games during the summer, so I’m kind of used to the traveling and I think that has helped a lot to prepare me for this level, and better competition. Mentally and physically you just have to be ready each and every day.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro athlete?
JC: Every day coming to the ball park and working hard. I have been dreaming of this my whole life. Now that it’s finally come true, it’s awesome.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
JC: Not really, man. I like to listen to music and focus up about two hours beforehand and start locking in and preparing for the game.
DM: Any hobbies?
JC: I love being outdoors , hunting ,fishing ,hiking. Just anything outdoors, I’m a hundred percent for it..
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
JC: I was born in Oklahoma, but my childhood was pretty much in Texas, so Texas Rangers for sure.
DM: So where are you originally from?
JC: I was born in Oklahoma, but then spent several years in Colorado and from there off to Dallas, Texas, since I was 7 years old.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
JC: That’s tough, because I had so many great coaches over the years, and mentors of the game. I’d probably say Jack Sharp. He’s my 15 and 16 youth coach, for the Dallas Mustangs, but he brought so much knowledge to the game and I think that is a prime year for all baseball players before you’re going into high school when the competition really gets a lot better, so he had the biggest impact on me as a player and career.
DM: Craziest thing you’ve ever seen on a baseball diamond?
JC: I couldn’t tell you, I’m sorry. That’s a tough question. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like super crazy, and I have never been part of a triple play, so I’m not sure.
DM: Any off-season plans?
JC: I thinking about training in Jupiter, Florida sports performance and I know a bunch of guys who have been trained there with great results, so getting to train, hang out and work out and prepare for the next season. That’s the plan.
DM: I appreciate your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
JC: Thank you and I appreciate it.
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