Check out this interview by David Laurila with Spinners OF David Marks about his first professional game.
A 20-year-old outfielder from Kirkland, Washington, David Marks was the Red Sox selection in the 19th round of this year’s draft. Taken out of Edmonds Community College, the left-handed hitting Marks made his professional debut with the Spinners on June 19. He talked about that experience the next day.
David Laurila: You played your first professional game last night. Describe the experience in 10 words or less.
David Marks: The most enjoyable baseball experience I’ve ever had.
DL: At what point did the nerves and adrenaline kick in?
DM: Probably when we got done with batting practice and I saw people starting to settle into their seats. You can hear the noise of the crowd from the clubhouse, too, and coming from a junior college it was a completely different atmosphere than I was used to. I was thinking that I was part of a real event, where in college it was just a baseball game.
DL: When did you find out you were in the line-up, and that you were hitting fourth in the order?
DM: I was sitting there, getting ready for the game, when Mike Jones came over and told me that I was in the big 4-hole. I looked at him and said, “Where did you see that?” He told me where the line-up was posted, so I went and looked it over, and there I was. I was kind of surprised to be in the 4-hole, to be honest. There are some pretty big guys here, and I don’t look like a 4-hole guy.
DL: Quality plate appearances are strongly emphasized in the Red Sox organization. Did you have one in your first at-bat?
DM: My first at-bat was unlike any I’ve ever had. For one thing, the velocity was way up from what I was used to — I wasn’t used to seeing 95 [MPH]. But I learned a lot from it, so I think I’d call it a quality at-bat. I did strike out, though, which isn’t exactly what I was hoping for.
DL: You doubled in your second at-bat. What were you thinking standing on second base?
DM: I guess I was just thinking that it was great, that I had the monkey off my back with my first hit. I knew it would be a lot easier from that point on, and the game definitely slowed way down for me after that.
DL: Who was the first person you called after the game?
DM: I called my dad. He had been watching on the computer, and was really stoked. He said I looked really good, and to make sure to keep having fun. I definitely did last night. It was an incredible experience.
DL: How will tonight be different?
DM: It will be my second game, so I know what to expect now. I wouldn’t call it a night and day difference, but knowing what it feels like, I can definitely relax more. There’s nothing like your first game.