It’s one thing to be one of only two Albertans on a Saskatchewan baseball team.
It’s something completely different when you’re one of only five Canadians on that team.
Calgary’s Taylor Roberge finds himself in that exact situation as he looks around the Melville Millionaires‘ club house.
— Melville Millionaires (@MelvilleMilsBB) May 4, 2018
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander finished his third season with his hometown University of Calgary Dinos baseball team this spring, where he sported a 3.21 ERA in seven appearances during the Canadian College Baseball Conference season.
Roberge finds himself back in Alberta for a few days, as the Millionaires visit Okotoks, Edmonton and Fort McMurray. And the young man, whose facial hair has taken on a few different looks in the last couple of years, took some time to answer a few of our questions for the latest edition of “1 Thru 9.”
1. What is your walk-up/warm-up tune?
“Cult of Personality” by Living Colour.
2. What is the best pre-game meal?
Eggs and hashbrowns.
3. Your family sends you a care package. What’s in it?
Chicago mix popcorn and Dr. Pepper.
4. What is your favourite stadium to watch or play baseball in?
I love pitching in Okotoks. Seaman Stadium is still the nicest field I’ve ever played on.
5. Who has had the biggest influence on you as a baseball player and why?
My parents have had the biggest influence on me as a baseball player. They taught me how to behave in an everyday setting and taught me to carry myself the same way on the field. It’s kept me level-headed and allows me not to over-think the little things.
6. Who was the best teammate you’ve ever had and why?
Myles Creran. He’s an hilarious guy, hard worker and always has a positive attitude on and off the field. I look up to him as a role model on how I want to live my life.
— Geoff Freeborn 🇨🇦🇬🇧 (@SideArmNation) April 19, 2018
7. What is the best thing about playing baseball in the WMBL?
I’ve met a tonne of new people. Being one of the five Canadians on the team is pretty fun, as I get to introduce the Americans to Tim Hortons and ketchup chips. The level of baseball is something very cool that I’m excited to be a part of.
8. What is your favourite baseball memory?
It would have to be going to the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Michigan back in 2012. It was one of the greatest life AND baseball experiences.
9. What is the best piece of baseball advice you’ve ever received?
“Baseball is just a game. Have fun and play your heart out.”