As spring training approaches, Major Leaguers are not the only ones preparing for the new season. Those in the minors will soon take the field as well, hoping to move up the ladder. Mets minor league pitcher Greg Peavey, who split last season between Savannah and St. Lucie, went one on one with Rising Apple throughout the season, the latest installment which can be seen here. Greg was kind enough to answer more questions in the offseason, including his thoughts on R.A. Dickey’s climb, his offseason baseball activities and leisure time.
Rising Apple: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of the offseason?
Greg Peavey: This offseason I got to spend a lot of quality time with family and friends. I got the opportunity this fall to take a ten day road trip through Idaho, Utah and Nevada, visiting three different national parks. I have done quite a few enjoyable things but that was a pretty incredible experience.
RA: Have you performed any baseball-related activities? If so, what?
GP: This off season I have been able to give some pitching lessons to young kids around my home town. I really enjoy doing it and getting to talk baseball.
RA: How do you stay in shape during the offseason?
GP: To stay in shape during the offseason I tend to work out four times a week at a local gym down the street from my home. I try to run at least twice a week as well.
RA: What is your favorite offseason leisure activity?
GP: My favorite leisure activities while being home would be watching football and spending time with my family and friends.
RA: With what team do you think you’ll begin the 2012 season?
GP: I am not sure as to where I will begin the 2012 season, but I am very excited to get the season going again wherever that may be.
RA: What short term goals do you have upon arriving in camp for Spring Training?
GP: My short term goals are to prepare myself to take on another 150 game season as well as staying healthy throughout.
RA: What long term goals do you have for the season?
GP: My long term goals are to continue to improve my command and learn more things that can help me become a smarter and better pitcher.
RA: Do you pay attention to the news about the Mets at the Major League level, or do you try and tune it out?
GP: I do follow up occasionally to see what is happening in our organization.
RA: What do you think about R.A. Dickey climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity?
GP: I think what R.A. is doing is great!! That right there is a leader. I realize what a difficult task that [was] but my prayers are with him and I support what he is doing 100%.
RA: Are you looking forward to returning to professional baseball?
GP: I am, I can’t wait! playing this game has always been a huge blessing for me and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities that I have received and plan on making the best of them.