Freshman Collin DeOliveira recently interviewed his cousin third baseman Alex Bregman for the Houston Astros, who won the World Series in 2017. Last year, he won the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. He was also an American League MVP award nominee this past season.
Q: How did you start your interest in baseball?
A: I started playing baseball when I was four years old. My whole family loved it so I started playing in the backyard and my mom and dad would pitch to me in the cul de sac.
Q: What awards did you receive as a high school baseball player?
A: The awards I received as a high school baseball player were State Player of the Year, First Team All-State for all four years then I ended up winning U.S.A Baseball Player of The Year when I was 15.
Q: How did you get into the minor/major leagues?
A: I got into the minor/major leagues from playing college baseball at Louisiana State University. I got recruited there when I was a kid, when I was in high school that is, and started playing there in 2015. Then I signed out of there and started into professional baseball.
Q: What was it like playing with the Astros and going to the World Series twice?
A: It’s a dream come true to be able to play in the World Series two times already and hopefully many more. The biggest goal as a baseball player is to win the World Series and we had a chance to do it in 2017. We came up short this year but I know in my heart that will be back.