I have Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Nate Pearson on instagram and interviewed him for my communications project.
Why are you so passionate about your job?
“Every since I was a kid I always was passionate about chasing my dreams and playin ball. I would practice whenever I had free time and call up my friends to play with me.”
What obstacles have you faced to get where you are today?
“Definitely the largest obstacle was getting recruited by scouters. When I went to scouting sessions (where you show off your abilities), I was super nervous the whole way through which distracted me from playing to my best ability. Just something about the coaches watching you puts a lot of pressure on a player. But, I tried to strive through and do my best.”
What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing?
“I would tell em that they have to get past all of their struggles and problems they are facing and focus on one thing at a time. There’s a difference in playing ball and fighting personal problems.”
Would you be open to further contact from Riverside Students and if so, how can someone contact you?
“I really appreciate it, but I’m unfortunately busy during this time of year, maybe later like the summer.”
What do you love and don’t about your job?
“I really love how I can make a living on doing something I love and have loved throughout my life. This especially makes me and my family proud. I dislike practising too much. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing baseball, but some days I just wake up for practice and I feel very very tired. It’s a mix from lack of sleep, and muscle strains.”
What was the first step to get you where you are today?
“I don’t have a definite “first step” but I always just stuck to the game and played for my teams in my town all the way from elementary to high school.”
What I have learned
I have learned that I you want something or you have a dream in life, you have to give it your all to achieve it.
Source of photos: https://www.instagram.com/bignate5/