1 Thru 9: Mat Brisson

Who doesn’t like an underdog?

The Edmonton Prospects have certainly taking a liking to that tag, going into the playoffs to face the higher-ranked Okotoks Dawgs in three-straight seasons. In all three, they have emerged victorious.

Pitcher Mat Brisson has been a part of two of those teams and has obviously enjoyed the rivalry, retweeting a few of the chirps.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound righthander finally got into the Prospects lineup in late-June and saw action out of the bullpen in three games during the regular season. He also pitched in two innings during the Prospects’ 11-3 loss to the Dawgs in game two of their first-round series.

The St. Albert Cardinals alum (played on the star-studded 2014 team which included Erik Sabrowski, Taran Oulton, Connor Burns and Jackson Wark) sat down early on in the season to dish on everything that makes him tick for our 1 Thru 9 series.

1. What is your walk-up/warm-up tune?

Right now, I’m going to use “Love is Gone” by David Guetta. It has a pretty good beat and it’s something I hope the fans enjoy as much as I do.

2. What is the best pre-game meal?

The best pre-game meal would be something along the lines of chicken alfredo pasta with a side salad, but occasionally, a foot-long sub also does the trick.

3. Your family sends you a care package. What’s in it?

Whenever I get a care package, there is always some Reese Peanut Butter Cups involved because those always hit the spot. I also get a bunch of new socks because those seem to grow legs and walk away.

4. What is your favourite stadium to watch or play baseball in?

ReMax Field is definitely a pretty cool place to play. The atmosphere was absolutely electric during the playoffs last year. Safeco Field in Seattle is a pretty cool place to take in a big league game. I would strongly encourage everyone to make the trip.

5. Who has had the biggest influence on you as a baseball player and why?

My dad was the biggest influence on me as an athlete, as he coached me in both baseball and hockey growing up. I don’t think I would have picked up a baseball if it wasn’t for him.

6. Who was the best teammate you’ve ever had and why?

It would probably have to be none other than the big man himself, Erik Sabrowski. We have played together since peewee and grown up to be pretty close friends. He is a true leader and I hope he will be rewarded for all his hard work.

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7. What is the best thing about playing baseball in the WMBL?

It’s that you get a taste of what professional ball is like, while also being able to represent your hometown team. I can remember going to watch games at the stadium downtown and now I have a locker in the dressing room and get to play in front of hundreds of fans every night.

8. What is your favourite baseball memory?

This one is tough because I have so many memories. I think as far as playing goes, hitting my first home run when I was younger still brings a smile to my face. That being said, winning provincials in midget is definitely up there. We had the same group of guys playing together for years and it was nice to win it all under the guidance of Coach Houston.

9. What is the best piece of baseball advice you’ve ever received?

One of my most inspirational coaches, Taylor Burns, once said: “Don’t take a second of this game for granted. Because one day you can’t play it anymore.” It has always found a way to stick with me through everything. As I’m heading into my senior year of university this fall, my time is running out and it’s something I think about daily.

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