A few weeks after being traded to the Cardinals, Jake Lemmerman spoke to Redbird Rants.
Daniel Solzman: Jake, thanks for joining Redbird Rants today. How are things treating you as we start out the new year?
Jake Lemmerman: Things have started out very well thanks and you?
Daniel Solzman: I’m doing great–awaiting the results of Wednesday’s Hall of Fame announcement. You were on a Birthright Israel trip when you found out when you were traded by the Dodgers. How did you find out that you were traded?
Jake Lemmerman: I was in New York flying out the next morning when I was called by my friend on the Dodgers informing me of the information and to check my twitter online. I hadn’t received the confirmation until a few days into my trip because Skip had to pass his physical.
Daniel Solzman: You went to Duke for three seasons and played for Coach Sean McNally. How did Coach McNally prepare you for the next level of the game?
Jake Lemmerman: My coach Sean McNally prepared me very well for the next level because he ran a very professional style practice. He preached the importance of defense and the pace it has to be played at. He also helped me understand the importance of hard work and out working the competition.
Daniel Solzman: In 2010, you were awarded as the MVP of the Pioneer League in your first season of playing professional baseball. What was that feeling like?
Jake Lemmerman: Coming into my first year and performing like I did was very exciting and created a lot of confidence. I had a great coaching staff and credit them a lot to my success. That was by far the most fun I have had in baseball not just because of my success but because the guys on my team were awesome and we all had a lot of fun together on and off the field
Daniel Solzman: In September, you were selected to play for the Israeli National Team to qualify for the World Baseball Classic. You were on a roster that was coached by Brad Ausmus and featured Shawn Green, one of the more notable Jewish players in recent years. What was that experience like and did Ausmus or Green give you any meaningful advice?
Jake Lemmerman: Playing for Team Israel is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. It consisted of the most positive, smart, and fun guys I have ever played with. We still talk to each other because we all respected each other as individuals. Playing for all those ex big league guys was amazing because we were able to pick their brain everyday all day and they had no problem with it. I still am in touch with Shawn and Brad and they are both very humble people.
Daniel Solzman: What is a typical day like for you during the season?
Jake Lemmerman: A typical day for me includes waking up and having breakfast, preferably an egg white omelette with veggies and avocado! I have an avocado obsession. I then take care of the tedious things in order to make sure I have a clear mind going to the field. I like to get to the field early around 1 so I can get early work in and then depending on the Manager’s plan we practice before a game. If I eat something for lunch that day and I had a good game then you can count on it being my lunch the next day! Post game I will stretch out and let my body recover and then get home and eat and get ready for bed to do it again the next day. This of course happens after I finish watching my favorite shows such as Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, and Game of Thrones.
Daniel Solzman: Now that you are back from Israel, what is the typical day going to be like as we get closer to spring training?
Jake Lemmerman: Now that Spring Teaining is close by I am fully dedicating my whole day to training. Fortunately that is all I am doing right now so there is no rush and I can really focus on my work. I train at a facility in Santa Barbara called P3 (Peak Performance Project) 5 times a week that is run by the greatest and smartest guys I know. I am doing all my baseball related training at a local college called Westmont.
Daniel Solzman: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Jake Lemmerman: My favorite player growing up was Derek Jeter.
Daniel Solzman: What was the whole Birthright experience like for you?
Jake Lemmerman: Birthright was the greatest trip of my life. It was very important for me as a Jewish individual to connect with the history of my religion and see its history first hand. The culture there is very different but intriguing and surprisingly to most people it is a very safe place to be. I made a very spiritual connection there as well and I most definitely will be going back. I also made a lot of friends that I plan to stay in contact with for a very long time.
Daniel Solzman: Thanks again for joining us and best of luck in the 2013 season. Any final words for the best fans in baseball?
Jake Lemmerman: To the fans, I can’t wait to wear the Cardinal uniform and do all I can do bring success to this organization.