Yankees’ Andrew Velazquez on playing in Bronx, World Seris hopes

Yankees’ Andrew Velazquez on playing in Bronx, World Seris hopes

Bronx indigenous and Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez takes a swing at some Q&A with Submit columnist Steve Serby. 

Q: What has enabled you to overcome the odds and get to the New York Yankees? 

A: Persistence, hands down. It’s not often simple, and I experienced a ton of bumps together the highway. But to get to this second, I experienced to be pretty persistent and guess on myself a ton. So just believing in myself … that goes for anything at all in lifetime. I consider that was a good lesson: Just be persistent, specifically if you definitely want to do a little something. 

Q: What was the most important bump in the highway emotionally for you? 

A: Getting damage. I bought like shoulder operation 2015, ’16. You definitely just can’t do anything at all, you’re sort of immobile, just watching men play all-around you, it sort of sucks, so going by that mental hurdle, I consider that sort of recognized fortitude relocating forward, like, hey, if you can get by that, you can get by anything at all else the video game throws at you. Coming up below, accomplishing very well, which is another issue that sort of served me in a way … built me a lot less timid to fail. 

Yankees’ Andrew Velazquez on playing in Bronx, World Seris hopes
Andrew Velazquez
for the NY Submit

Q: What drives you? 

A: Spouse and children, and being equipped to provide, and be somebody that can be an inspiration, not only to my household, but other persons, and just being competitive in standard. 

Q: Why is that important to you to be an inspiration? 

A: Because I seemed up to persons when I was young — specifically men that wore a uniform. Seeing that, viewing my father be equipped to provide for us as a household and function challenging to do so, he set me in a place where by I can be greater off. Just attempting to do that for the foreseeable future generations, you know, for my children. 

Q: What do you imply by that? 

A: Like coming up to the major leagues and not accomplishing very well, it’ll humble you. If you can cope with that, go back again down and occur back again up and do all correct. It’s a mental hurdle and it is like a lifetime lesson, you know? Getting somewhere you want to get and not accomplishing very well is pretty humbling. 

Q: What would you request your idol, Derek Jeter, when you satisfy him one particular day? 

A: I’d probably be star-struck. I really don’t consider I have at any time been star-struck in my lifetime, but I picture he’d be a male (laugh). I’d have a million issues beforehand and not don’t forget one particular of ’em. 

Q: What is the worst slight league bus ride you remember? 

A: Ah gentleman, each and every single one particular. They’re all undesirable. 

Q: No one particular stands out? 

A: No one particular in unique stands out. They’re all undesirable. In particular if they are over two several hours. … Just about anything over a nap is awful. 

Q: When you leave your parents’ house in Morris Park to go to the Stadium, what do you see on the ride there? 

A: A ton of unique forms of bikes which is sort of new for me. I consider which is been like a major craze as of late (laugh) … mopeds, dirt bikes, all sort of things. It’s a stunning time of the yr in New York, the weather’s cooling down, viewing the educate, and unique persons, like the range that is in The Bronx is often stunning. It’s community, pretty familiar streets, so being equipped to travel all-around like that and go to the Stadium is pretty, pretty neat. 

Q: What do you consider about on your way to the Stadium? 

A: Just sort of preparing for the video game, just wondering about that, what I’m gonna get into. But definitely just appreciating what I’m accomplishing on a daily basis, I’m attempting to just be grounded in these times. 

Q: Explain your on-industry mentality. 

A: Aggressive, not worried to make faults. Which is a component of actively playing baseball, you’re gonna mess up a ton, you’re not gonna be good all the time, so just being aggressive and not timid, and you know, just attempting to be myself. 

Q: Why the eye black? 

A: I have been accomplishing that considering that probably A-ball, like 2013. Evening video game, day video game, it does not make any difference — which is probably like a minor superstition I have. The lights are really vivid up below, much too (laugh). 

Q: What’s it like actively playing driving Gerrit Cole? 

A: Really impressive to observe. What’s far more impressive is how educated he is ahead of he goes into the video game. He has this kind of an impressive video game approach that just to listen to him converse about it is impressive. To know he has the expertise to go out and do what he did, but then see the video game approach and see it occur to fruition on the industry is impressive. But it is not stunning due to the fact he’s so good and so very well-educated ahead of his begin that he just goes out there and handles his small business. 

Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez celebrates with Aaron Judge after the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 at Yankee Stadium.
Andrew Velazquez, left, and Aaron Choose rejoice immediately after a earn.

Q: What have you discovered about Aaron Choose as a teammate? 

A: Unbelievable teammate. Like, when I seem all-around, I see him as a captain, not only off the industry and in the locker room, but what he goes out and does on a daily basis — and in major scenarios. He’s pretty down-to-earth much too. 

Q: DJ LeMahieu? 

A: A minor far more mild-mannered, but also a chief in the way he goes about his small business, and he shows up each and every day to set the barrel on the ball. 

Q: Joey Gallo? 

A: Joey … unbelievable athlete in the box. His human body can do matters that not everybody’s human body can do. And which is expressing a ton, due to the fact some really athletic men below. When he gets ahold of ’em, it is like a Darryl Strawberry-esque home run (chuckle). 

Q: Anthony Rizzo? 

A: Really neat, down-to-earth male which is been all-around. He’s won, so he is aware what it takes to earn. … Everybody’s pretty laid-back again and approachable. 

Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez, right, hugs Anthony Rizzo after the final out against the Boston Red Sox.
Yankees shortstop Andrew Velazquez, correct, hugs Anthony Rizzo.

Q: Explain the Bleacher Creatures. 

A: Unbelievable! I probably bought some of my boys up there (chuckle). … They’re brilliant. 

Q: What did your father tell you about Mickey Mantle? 

A: My grandfather noticed him play, I consider, but he would often converse about him. My father’s pretty very well-educated on Yankee players in baseball history. He’ll observe like previous video games on Of course Network or MLB Network, and he’ll be reminiscing about players, scenarios, major plays. … My father’s often been a fan of baseball and the Yankees, so he’s often like sort of instilled that in me. 

Q: Who were being his most loved players? 

A: Ah gentleman … you’d have to request him, he stated so many at when. … I consider he definitely liked Reggie [Jackson]. … Mick “The Quick” [Mickey Rivera]. … The record goes on. 

Q: If you could confront any pitcher in MLB history, who would it be? 

A: Who would I want to confront? … Randy Johnson — not expressing I’d get a strike off him, I just want to see what which is like (laugh). 

Q: If you could select the mind of any MLB player, who would it be? 

A: Wow, which is a good dilemma. … Probably Mickey Mantle, ’cause switch-hitting is undoubtedly not simple. … I’d like to converse to like Jimmy Rollins, a male I definitely seemed up to. 

Q: What ever arrives to intellect: Michael Kay? 

A: Kind of like the voice I have often listened to watching the Yankees. I bought to satisfy him in ’18 definitely brief and tell him that … but yeah, just the voice that I’m pretty familiar with. 

Q: How about John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman? 

A: I bought to converse to Suzyn when. I really don’t consider I achieved John yet, but very same notion, pretty familiar voices. … They are pretty good at what they do. 

Q: Joel Osteen is stated commonly on your Twitter feed. 

A: My mother enjoys him. I consider my mother and my grandmother both of those enjoy him, like all those are my non secular men in this lifetime. Being equipped to have that spirituality. He has crystal clear lower messages and they are often pretty motivational and like faith-based mostly. He’s bought some retweetable things. 

Q: Is the power of optimistic wondering important to you? 

A: Really. It’s not simple, specifically being human, it is pretty simple to be destructive, I consider. We see that on a daily basis, but just being equipped to handle your feelings and then handle your actuality is important. 

Q: What do you don’t forget about 9/11? 

A: Getting pulled out of college, and then my father obtaining to go down, and [help] out. He was a cop at the time, so he experienced to go down, and help out. 

Q: What did he tell you about that day? 

A: It’s ugly things. … That day built a massive impact on every person in New York. Every person realized somebody that missing somebody. 

Q: Your father realized persons that he missing? 

A: Every person did. 

Q: He arrived by it Alright, no troubles? 

A: Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s good. He went down immediately after both of those structures collapsed. 

Q: Did he go down the very same day or the up coming day? 

A: I believe the very same day. 

Q: Three dinner guests? 

A: Frank Sinatra, Babe Ruth, let’s continue to keep it baseball, let’s go Mickey Mantle yet again. 

Q: Favourite film? 

A: “A Bronx Tale” [is] a good one particular. 

Q: Favourite actor? 

A: Denzel [Washington]. 

Q: Favourite singer/entertainer? 

A: Maria Isabel. 

Q: Where’s the finest Morris Park pizza? 

A: You bought Patricia’s, they bought like a margherita pizza … you bought Luciano’s for a slice … then you bought Emilio’s, they bought this hen vodka alive which is amazing, up coming degree. 

Q: What is so distinctive about your mother’s lasagna? 

A: If I realized I’d probably open up a restaurant. … She could offer that lasagna. 

Q: What are your most loved Bronx matters? 

A: I’ll say range. I’ll say the persons. The unexpectedness of each and every day, you never know what you’re gonna see out there good and undesirable (chuckle). 

Q: Your message to Yankees lovers would be what? 

A: Preserve the optimistic power coming, I consider we feed off that. The Stadium’s been rocking, so I hope it is rocking this week. 

Q: Do you consider this team is a Environment Series championship team? 

A: Of course, hands down. For certain.