July 15, 2010
Rising junior catcher Caleb Bowen is spending the 2010 summer season in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. After starting the season with the Luray Wranglers, he recently switched teams to the Harrisonburg Turks, where he is playing alongside Auburn teammates Patrick Savage and Stephen Kohlscheen. Caleb took some time out before Wednesday night's game to catch up on his summer so far.
Q: What's it like playing with a wooden bat during the summer unlike the metal bats you use here at Auburn?
A: It's a much bigger difference. The pitchers are about the same, but with a wooden bat in your hands you have to change a lot of things in your hitting approach.
Q: Have you enjoyed being able to play on the same team with Auburn teammates?
A: It's a great experience because you come up here and you don't know a lot of people, but you have that one friend in common. It makes it easier on you to get to know other people when you're standing around with someone else that you're comfortable with. It's also good to have a friend on the field that you've played with before.
Q: What is something you can take back to Auburn with you from playing this summer?
A: I'm looking at getting a good bit of playing time this coming season so it's always good to get a lot of confidence. To come up here and be able to hit with a wooden bat just gives you even more confidence that you can take care of business with a metal bat in your hands. It has prepared me for the fall. When we get back for the fall semester, we don't have long before we start scrimmaging. Basically it's a year-round thing and (playing this summer) is another thing to help me be better at Auburn.
Q: Are you excited about being an upperclassman and taking on a leadership role this coming season?
Q: What was it like getting to participate in the post-season at Auburn and hosting a regional this year?
A: I'm really excited to have that opportunity. I played behind a senior guy last year, and every opportunity that I had, I took advantage of it. I got to play a little bit last year, but I'm looking forward to getting playing time and showing them what I can do.
A: It was an incredible experience. We really got to play in something we'd never gotten to do before. The team chemistry this year was just unreal. Everybody was on the same page. I think that had a lot to do with how it ended up. Of course, we would have liked to have gone a little further, but overall it was a great season and I'm looking forward to trying to do it again next year.
Q: What has it been like to stay with a host-family over the summer?
A: It's a cool experience. It's a different culture up here, but it's fun and my host family is really nice. They've done whatever we needed for us and I have two little "host-brothers" that are eight and five years old. They're pretty cool to get to hang out with.
Q: Do you have a summer job in addition to playing baseball?
A: No, there are a couple of us who were looking for jobs at the beginning of the summer, but there weren't that many jobs available for us. We've been helping around occasionally doing yard-work for people and stuff like that.
Q: Is there anything interesting you've gotten to do or see during your stay?
A: There isn't too much to do up here in the mountains I guess, but there's some places to go fishing, play golf and hang out with the guys you just met from the team.