Fresh Meat with Pam and Anne: Ryan Hissey, JJ Sarty, and Mitch Aker
On March 18, 2013, we had a great time interviewing three of our Tribe Baseball Freshmen: JJ Sarty, Ryan Hissey, and Mitch Aker. JJ is from Round Hill, VA, plays as a left fielder and has not decided on his major. Ryan is from Westchester, PA, plays as a catcher and plans to major in Business. Mitch is from Vienna, VA, he is a pitcher and is undecided about his major, but is thinking about majoring in Business.
Pam & Anne: How did you get started with Baseball and how many years have you been playing?
JJ: I started playing when I was five, my parents got me into the game.
R: My entire family has played baseball, I have three older brothers who play, my dad played. So I’ve been playing since I was 3 or 4.
M: My dad got me into it because he played, I’ve been played since I was 5.
R: Yea, I feel like baseball is one of those sports you start really young.
Pam & Anne: You guys were all so young!
Pam & Anne: What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment?
JJ: Probably getting a scholarship to come here (W&M) that’s what I’ve been striving to do for years.
R: I would say being able to start the first game, I’ve been wanting to do that ever since high school.
M: My biggest accomplishment was also getting a scholarship to William and Mary.
Pam & Anne: Did you play any other sports in high school?
JJ: I played football.
R: I played basketball until Sophomore year, but I guess I was too good to keep playing it haha.
M: I also played football.
Pam & Anne: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
JJ: I would probably say my Dad, he’s been with me since I first started and right now it is kind of tough because he lives in Kuwait. He was here for the first couple of series, but now he’s back there so it’s kind of tough.
R: I would say from my Dad, he’s been with me from the start. He’s been down a
few times this year for some games.
M: I draw my inspiration from my grandfather, he played baseball. He passed away when I was 2, but I know he’s watching and I draw his initials on the back of the mound every time I pitch.
Pam & Anne: If Hollywood made a movie about your life who would you want to play the lead role as you?
JJ: Probably Mark Whahlberg haha. He’s a stud!
R: Personally I would say Leo Di Caprio. When I get my hair slicked back, I have gotten that I look like him. He’s almost in every good movie!
M:Johnny Knoxville because he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him and that’s kind of me
Pam & Anne: Coke or Pepsi?
Pam & Anne: What’s you favorite TV show?
JJ: Jersey Shore … just kidding haha
R: Walking Dead, How I met your Mother, Workaholics
M:Justified; Blue Mountain State
Pam & Anne:If you could have one superpower what would it be ?
JJ: I want to be like Dash!
R: I think it would be really cool to read peoples minds and control them through
M: You took mine! I guess I’d have to say invisibility. I was going to say extreme flexibility but I already have one!
Pam & Anne:Your favorite athlete/ who do you look up to
JJ: Ryan Hissey and Dustin Pedroia.
M:Hmm I guess, Colin Kapernick.R: Aaron Fernandez haha!
Pam & Anne:. What do you like to do on your free time?
JJ: Sleep! That’s what I was just doing!
R: Sleep and I also really like to play cards. My favorite game is probably hearts and spades.
M: I like to hunt
Pam & Anne: Random fact / Hidden Talent
JJ: I put everything on left to right. For his random talent JJ also showed us his “eyebrow thing”
Ryan had a hard time coming up with a random fact about himself. haha
M: I can do the splits!
Pam & Anne: What’s the weirdest song on you ipod
JJ: I have no music on mine!
M: As long as you love me by Justin Bieber
R: Les Mis. I bought the whole album it’s awesome!
R: That’s not embarrassing, it’s a good song!!
Pam & Anne: What is the most trouble you have ever gotten into?
JJ: I always run away from trouble…. haha
R: I guess one time, my friends and I were threw hot sauce in the trashcan one
M: One time I put hot sauce in my friend;s coke and he was allergic to it!time during lunch and it was the only time I got detention in high school.
Pam & Anne: What are 3 things you cannot live without
JJ: Family, Friends, and Baseball
R: God, Family,and Friends
M:Family, My puppy Rosco, and friends
Pam & Anne: What was the best advice you were ever given?
JJ: Be smart and do everything 100%
R: 10% of life is what happens to you, 90% is how you react to it
M: if you want to achieve something go ahead and take it, don’t wait for it to come to you.
Pam & Anne: How do you prepare yourself on gameday? Walk us through your game day prep schedule?
JJ: I like to shower before games, it’s relaxing! I like being cool calm collected. I also like to listen to Notorious B.I.G.
R: I listen to music, the locker room
jams a couple of tunes: Come on – Kesha, anything by Kesha, One tribe, and Good Feeling by our teammate Willie Shaw. You should check out his song, it’s awesome! https://soundcloud.com/whs29/good-feeling
M: I like listening to music too. I usually listen to Machine Gun Kelly and One Tribe.
Pam & Anne: What’s your favorite movie?
JJ: Pitch Perfect
M: Pitch Perfect too!R: Step Brothers everytime you watch it, it gets more and more funny.
Pam & Anne:Do you have any
JJ: When people chew
with their mouths open
R: When professors erase the blackboard and they leave a mark!
Sloth ( inside joke) M: When I hold the door for someone and they don’t say thanks! and Aaron the
This weekend, Tribe Baseball will be taking on Highpoint at Plumeri Park and will be partnering up with Circle K International for their annual Strike Out ALS game. You can help raise money for the ALS association just by showing up to the game so please bring friends. There will be plenty of great raffle prizes given out throughout the game as well and who knows you might be one our lucky winners? This will be a great weekend to cheer on for our Tribe as well as raise money for such a worthy cause!
Upcoming Tribe Baseball Games
Friday March 29th @ 7pm
Saturday March 30th @ 4pm - STRIKE OUT ALS
Sunday March 31 @ 1pm
We’d like to thank JJ, Ryan, and Mitch for taking the time to chat with us!