Q&A with Jacob Bishop, RHS senior outfielder
Q: How old were you when you started playing baseball?
A: I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old.
Q: Was there anyone special in your life who helped you become a great player, and how?
A: Both of my parents have made a big impact on the player I have grown up to be, and through them I’ve maintained a positive attitude and have always given my best effort in whatever sport I play.
Q: How do you get ready for a game?
A: Getting ready for a game is all mental. I have found it helpful for me to focus on my role and the task that needs to be done while visualizing myself fulfilling that task.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not involved with baseball?
A: I enjoy a lot recreational sports like ping pong, disc golf and bowling. I also enjoy staying outdoors kayaking, hunting and fishing.
Q: What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and person you are today?
A: I feel staying positive throughout my playing career has helped me be a better person just by bringing positive energy to others on and off the field.
Q: Did you have any routines or superstitions before or during a game?
A: I always prayed before I took any part of the field, and as far as superstitions go, I avoided stepping on the foul line.
Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?
A: I have many, but one of my favorites that I will never forget is representing Alabama and winning the Dixie Youth World Series in 2014.
Q: What baseball player has influenced you most in the game? Why?
A: Mike Trout has been a very successful ball player/outfielder that works hard in what he does. He is fun to watch and exemplifies how the game is played at a high level.
Q: What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?
A: I’ve been real fortunate to have played baseball my whole life with very little injury or anything to overcome.
Q: What is life after being a baseball player for you?
A: Having all the memories and helping other players learn what the game is really about, as they still have the opportunity to play and do big things.
Q: What are your thoughts on your season and career coming to an abrupt end?
A: It all feels unreal, but it has been a lot of fun. Sports such as baseball have made an impact on my life that I would never change and that I will always be thankful for.