11 July 2007
Meet a Mariner: T.J. Wise
Photo by Merrily Lunsford
By Matt Rice
GateHouse News Service
Wed Jul 11, 2007, 06:54 AM EDT
Harwich - Name: Jeremy (T.J.) Wise
Hometown: Apopka, Florida
Position: Third base
Stats: 6-1, 205 pounds
After finally cracking into the everyday lineup for the Mariners partway through the season, Wise has made consistent contributions to the team offensively and defensively.
Wise is currently second on the team with a .282 average and in eight games as the Harwich third baseman, hasnít committed an error.
During Harwichís 9-3 win over Bourne last Thursday, Wise went a perfect four-for-four with three runs scored.
Q. What sort of changes have you made to your game, both at the plate and in the field, because of the wooden bats?
A. Well I swung a wooden bat a lot in college and in high school so I didnít need to make too many adjustments. It was more getting enough at-bats early in the season to get me going. I didnít get too much playing time to start the summer, but Iím in the lineup and swing the bat pretty good.
Q. What was it like pitching earlier in the year?
A. I was a pitcher during high school but Iíve only pitched a couple innings during college so it was an experience. But thatís one of the great things about this league, there isnít as much pressure so Iím able to stay more relaxed, but I didnít think Iíd get a chance to pitch up here.
Q. Whatís it been like living with a host family?
A. This is the fourth time Iíve lived with a host family and I really love it. You get to meet new people and make friends for the rest of your life. Iím fortunate to be living with a great lady and her kids so itís been a great experience.
Q. The team has had to endure some tough times this season, whatís been the mentality of the team?
A. Weíve actually stayed pretty confident and focused on each game that we play. Win or lose, we come out and give everything we have.
Q. What do you normally do when not playing baseball?
A. I work everyday landscaping from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that doesnít leave much time for anything else. But Iíve got to see some amazing houses down here while working though.