Aug. 21, 2008
Former Bulldog and current Minnesota Twins pitcher Pat Neshek took time to answer questions from Butler head coach Steve Farley about life in Major League Baseball.
You have been fortunate to be healthy the vast majority of your college and pro career. What has it been like to deal with a potentially more serious injury this year?
"Well it's been tough to say the least. There have been a lot of emotions and feelings being hurt like this. To name a few, I've felt worried, scared, bored and anxious about not knowing what might happen next. It's a long process but things have been getting better everyday. I'll be back. If I have a setback and need surgery, then I will deal with that when the time comes. I'm prepared for anything to happen and will stay positive."
What has been the hardest part of the re-hab process?
"Watching the team play every night from the clubhouse or on TV if they are on the road. It drives me nuts not being able to contribute in a tight pennant race like this. Another thing that has been tough is not knowing what is going to happen with my arm. I like to plan things, and this injury is making it tough to tell when I might be back."
Have your teammates been supportive?
"Oh yeah, they have been awesome. When I go into the clubhouse most days I feel like a bump on a log and feel out of place since I can't contribute. I've never been hurt before so I have a new respect for people that are hurt. Also most of my teammates have had a serious injury like this and know what it's like and they have been awesome making me feel normal as I try to heal."
Have you stuck with the vegetarian diet?
How has that been going?
"It's been going great. Even before I got hurt a lot of the cities we went to have great places to eat, so it wasn't too bad on the road. I packed a lot of food with me in my suitcase before road trips for the tougher cities like Detroit. My wife has been great about cooking, and I don't think I would make it too far without her. I think the toughest thing about it that holds back a lot of people is the convenience factor - you really have to go out of your way to eat good in this country. Hopefully over time more and more people will learn the truth about the food that is being served up and make the switch. I think this way healthier food will be easier to find."