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Craig Breslow

Baseball Player

                      

 

 

1.) What advice do you have for an aspiring baseball player? 

My advice is to make sure that you enjoy the game.  We tend to work harder, be more patient, and end up being more successful when we are doing things we enjoy.  All too often, I see you players who are playing the game because their father is forcing them to.  The drive to get better must come from within.

2.) What is your career highlight so far? 

I’d have to say my major league debut on July 23, 2005.  I had been released from A ball about a year prior, and battled through independent ball and the minor leagues to prove a lot of doubter wrong, but most of all to prove myself right.

3.) Who were your heroes growing up?  

I certainly would count my parents as heroes.  They sacrificed a lot in order to ensure that I could play in all of the leagues that I wanted, had the best equipment, and was able to get proper instruction.  On the field, I have always admired Sandy Koufax.

4.) What is the hardest pitch to master? 

To me, pitching starts with a fastball.  A lot of successful pitchers have dominant off speed pitches and breaking balls, but everything plays off the heater.  Commanding the fastball is the most important aspect of pitching.  And because curveballs and sliders and splits are “more popular” the fastball is often left under attended.  
 

5.) If you were not a baseball player what would you be? 

If I weren’t playing baseball, I think I would be a physician.  I have always been fascinated with medicine, and the ability to heal.  

6.) What was your favorite subject in school? Why? 

I was always drawn to science, as the backbone to medicine.  I tended to need absolute answers and was drawn more to definitiveness than rhetoric.  For this reason, I was far more a science person than history or english

7.) How & why did you get involved with your foundation?

I started the Strike 3 Foundation as a vehicle to give back in the community.  For most of my life, I had believed that my impact on the medical community would be as a phyisican.  However, as my baseball career began to take hold, I realized those plans would need to be placed on the back burner.  My work with raising funding for cancer research and treatment allows me to remain connected to the medical world.  My sister is a cancer survivor, and the most immediate impetus for the organization.