Alan Ahmady, a pitcher for the Palm Beach Cardinals, recently joined Redbird Rants for an interview.
Alan, thanks for joining Redbird Rants today. How are things treating you in Palm Beach?
Alan Ahmady: Everything is going really well I enjoy playing in Palm Beach.
Daniel Solzman: At Fresno State, what was the whole 2008 College World Series run like and how did it feel to be apart of the national championship team?
Alan Ahmady: I’ll never forget 2008. Growing up I’d watch the CWS every year and wish one day I’d get the chance to be a part of it. We had a very special run that season and what we accomplished in Omaha was surreal and I still think back and can not believe we won a National Championship.
Daniel Solzman: How did playing for Coach Batesole prepare you for professional baseball?
Alan Ahmady: Coach Batesole ran our team very similar to how my pro ball coaches run things. Looking back on it now, I appreciate all the things that he taught us about having a routine and how to get ourselves prepared for games outside of team practice.
Daniel Solzman: What’s Johnny Rodriguez like as a manager?
Alan Ahmady: I really enjoy playing for Johnny. He emphasizes on fundamentals and effort. I’ve learned that when you play the game hard, things tend to go your way more often.
Daniel Solzman: How has Hitting Coach Jeff Albert helped with your hitting?
Alan Ahmady: Jeff is great. He never tries to change your mechanics. He’s in the cage with us for hours each day helping us tune our individual swings.
Daniel Solzman: What’s a day in the life like during the season?
Alan Ahmady: A typical day is get up at 10 AM, get a bite to eat, weights at 11 AM, have lunch, back to the ballpark around 1pm for my early cage routine, pregame and BP at 3 PM until we play the game at 6:30 PM.
Daniel Solzman: Thanks again for joining us. Any final words for the best fans in baseball?
Alan Ahmady: Cardinals fans are awesome. They know the game of baseball and make it exciting to be a Cardinal. I look forward to the day I get the opportunity to play in front of them at Busch Stadium.