The Alumni Profile for this Saturday features Neumann College baseball player Cody MacNair, who was a member of the 2013 baseball state title team. Here is our conversation.
Major at Neumann? Accounting.
What factors helped you choose Neumann? It was because of both baseball and the school, I wanted to play baseball in college and wanted to go to a good school.
Favorite class at CHS? It had to be Mr. Massi’s accounting class my Senior year. It was his last year teaching and it was great to have a class with him.
Most memorable moment from athletic career at CHS? Other than state title, any other memorable moment? Since I can’t pick the state title, I would have to pick the south jersey title, I remember that being on Pride day my Junior year, I remember that whole day being a great day.
You caught Bednarek’s final pitch to clinch the state title, explain that moment. It was unreal knowing what we just did and what we were apart of that season was something I will never forget.
Was it difficult to adjust to the college game? The only thing that was difficult was how fast the game is. The game is a lot quicker than in high school. Your decisions have to be made a lot faster.
Are you playing in a summer league? Yeah in a college league in central jersey call the ABCCL.
What drew you to play catcher? I love being involved in every play of a game. I need to be doing something on the field, I always hated standing in the field.
What part of your game has improved the most from high school to college? Hitting; at first the pitching was tough to get adjusted to, they were way more accurate and didn’t miss their spots as much, so I had to learn to hit not only the pitchers mistakes, but well placed pitches as well.
Who has been the biggest influence on your baseball career? I have to say my dad. He was the one who taught me how to play the game.
Any advice for this year’s seniors who want to continue playing baseball in college? Don’t be happy with just being on the team. Go into your season to win a starting job and never give it up. As a freshman, you’re at the bottom, nothing will be given to you. You’re not a senior anymore, you have to prove yourself all over again. So take what you want and never give it back.
Toughest opponent this year at Neumann? Keystone College; they won the CSAC championship 7 years in a row. We lost to them in the conference final this past season.
Toughest opponent from high school career? Probably Delran. Every time we played them it was always a tough game, especially since they were in our conference every game against them was a big game, so both sides brought their A game.
Favorite movie?Major League.
Favorite song and/or artist? I couldn’t tell you, I don’t have a definite favorite.
Image courtesy of Cody MacNair