May 28, 2010
Greg Peavey has been a three-year mainstay on the Oregon State pitching staff, and heads into the series with Arizona as the club’s Friday-night starter. He’s 7-1 all-time at Goss Stadium and will be looking to lead the Beavers to a strong start this weekend.
Peavey is this week’s everyday champion and he sat down with osubeavers.com to talk about what being an Oregon State Beaver has meant to him, his career aspirations off the field, and how fun it is to travel in the Pacific-10 Conference.
How cool is it to hear that you’re an Everyday Champion?
“It’s very good feeling to have. You see a lot of good athletes that are also good academically too. You know that you look up to them, so it’s an honor to be a part of it.”
You’re in your third year at Oregon State. How would you look back at your three years here, how would you describe your tenure at OSU?
“It’s been a great time here. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot, and learned a lot, and grown up a lot as an individual. The education here has been great, as well as the athletics part of it.”
What has it meant to you to be an Oregon State Beaver?
“It’s been a great feeling. I’ve been an Oregon State Beaver at heart my whole life, and now to actually be a part of it - it’s always been a great feeling for me.”
You major in communications, how did you decide on that?
“It really suited me well. As far as what I want to do in the future, I watch the sports broadcasters on TV and I’ve always been interested in it. When I’m done with the game I still want to be a part of it.”
Who is the broadcaster you watch more than anybody else?
“I like to watch Al Michaels. I’ve seen the replay from the Miracle On Ice.”
Is broadcasting something you want to do when you’re baseball career is done?
“Absolutely, I’d love to be at least a sports analyst, or something like that would be a great honor. If not that, then something behind the scenes, maybe radio or something like that would be awesome.”
What can you say about working with the coaching staff here, Coach Casey, Coach Yeskie, what have they done for you since you came to Oregon State?
“They’ve helped me grow up as an adult. You come in here and you still feel like you’re in high school. You come in and you start to learn to manage life, and they teach you those life skills as well as baseball skills.”
Coming in from high school, what was the biggest challenge for you academically? How have you made yourself successful in the academic world?
“You have to manage class time, as well as feeding yourself, and sports. You know you don’t have your mom to do you laundry for you, so you have to go home and do that. Really, time management has been the biggest jump from high school to college.”
How do you succeed in that, especially when you’re on the road so much for baseball?
“Time management is really how you succeed in it. When you’re on the road you have to write out what you’ve got to do each week, and make sure you get it done right away. You can’t procrastinate if you’re going to be a student-athlete, that’s for sure.”
What’s been the best thing about traveling with Oregon State?
“Its first class travel. Everywhere we go, they treat us like we’re something big. It’s an awesome experience. We stay in nice hotels and we get treated very well, by both the school and the fans.”
What has it meant to you to get a partial scholarship to play at Oregon State?
“It’s been huge. It certainly makes it a little easier on my parents. It’s something I wanted to do, and has make it easier on them so they could relax a little bit and let me go to school.”