Q&A with A’s rookie Tyson Ross
on April 8, 2010
The Oakland Athletics season opening series is almost through and we’ve seen the good and the bad. (After suffering a 5-3 loss in the first game, and a 2-1 win Tuesday, the A’s broke the tie in the series with a 6-5 win last night.) OaklandNorth had an opportunity to speak to rookie pitcher Tyson Ross about the series, the look-ahead, and what it means to put on the A’s jersey.
OaklandNorth: What were the highlights of the last couple games?
Tyson Ross: Probably getting my name called lining up on the third baseline. It’s always been a dream of mine to play for the A’s. Also seeing [Mark] Ellis have that walk-off hit [Tuesday] night to get us the first win for the season.
ON: What have you been working on in the offseason?
TR: I’m always working on my fastball command and finishing hitters. It’s something I’m going to be working on throughout my career. I worked really hard on strength and conditioning. I was working out 4 days a week. I’m a tall lean guy and wasn’t strong enough to go through a full season.
ON: What does the team need to focus on this season?
TR: If everyone goes out there and plays solid baseball. We need to get outside of who we are. Everyone’s here for a reason and you have to play your game. It’ll be a team effort
ON: What’s the most important game of the season?
TR: Whichever time I get to pitch for the first time. [Ross pitched Wednesday night for the first time.]
ON: What does the coach say to you before a game?
TR: The pitching coach tells us, “Don’t worry about anything just play your game.” And that’s all you can do. If you focus on the exterior factors you’re not going to be able to focus. You have to keep it simple as possible.
ON: Which will be the most challenging games this season?
TR: Anyone in the AL West is going to be a big game. It’s going to be a tight race this year and I’m looking forward to it. Games in Boston and New York will be exciting for me because I’ve never been in those stadiums.
ON: What does the opening series mean for the team?
TR: It’s just the first step down a long road. These are just the first four games out of 162. Of course we’re going to try to come out of the gates strong.
*Note: Tyson Ross, in his first MLB appearance contributed to the 6-5 win last night against the Mariners, striking out two batters and allowing only one hit.
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