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Alex Greene, D2 Baseball, West Florida
See Alex's full interview, part of the Gulf South's Around the Bases series, below:
1. What is your favorite thing about this West Florida team?
AG: "I like all the different personalities on this team and I really enjoy all the relationships I've developed with the guys."
2. What is one of your favorite childhood memories that always sticks with you?
AG: "It would definitely be playing a baseball game called, 'Over the Line', with my brother and our friends at our Little League field in California."
3. From whom do you draw your inspiration?
AG: "Both of my parents are the most-inspirational people in my life, bar far. They molded me into the person I am today. My dad has had a huge impact on my baseball career."
4. What is an important life lesson that baseball has taught you?
AG: "It has taught me how to accept failure and how to work with a team to reach common goals."
5. What is the most-difficult aspect about baseball?
AG: "Going through a 'slump' is, I believe, the toughest thing about baseball. When you are putting in a ton of work to be the best you can, but you are not producing, can sometimes be really tough."
6. What is it like juggling responsibilities as both a student and an athlete?
AG: "It can be really tough. Coming back on a Sunday night at 12 a.m. from a road trip and having to go to an 8 a.m. class is hard. Time management is definitely a key."
7. What gets you through the long road trips on the bus?
AG: "We play a lot of games and watch movies. The games make the bus rides go a lot faster."
8. What is your favorite phone app right now?
AG: "My favorite app right now is definitely Snapchat. A lot of guys on our team always send funny pictures and videos."
9. What type of career aspirations do you have off the field?
AG: "I want to become a physical therapist or a strength and conditioning coach. The goal is to work with an athletic team in the future."
10. What is one place that you would love to travel to one day?
AG: "I would love to visit Italy one day. Some of my dad's side of the family are from there, so I would love to check it out."