I’ve had the opportunity to cover Elite Squad this summer. They are a team filled with talent and heart. Their season has not gone as expected, nevertheless they’ve had All Star Selections and players shine through this tumoutlous summer. One player that has stayed constant both on the mound and in the dugout with his teammates is the Florida native, Ethan Kramer.
Kramer, a CLPB All-Star selection this summer, has put up some impressive numbers while pitching. He’s pitched in 7 games, has only allowed 4 hits, 1 earned run, 13 strikeouts, with a win, and an ERA of .71.
So, before one of Elite Squad’s games I pulled Kramer aside and we chatted about baseball. We talked about why he plays, what he loves about the game, why he switched to baseball from football, and a few of my trademark CLPB questions. Below is our conversation.
What got you into playing baseball?
Kramer: Well, my Dad always used to tell me how good of a baseball player he was and we are a competitive family. I was always competing with my sister who played softball, she’s 3 years older than me. Going into the field watching her play I knew I wanted to do the same thing.
What do you love about playing baseball?
Kramer: I love the team aspect. How it’s not an individual sport. You got your brothers, the brotherhood and it’s a team sport. I love that.
When did you know you wanted to play baseball rather than football?
Kramer: Well I played baseball for about eight and a half years. I stopped my freshman year of high school and that’s when it came to a point where I realized football’s fun, but I’d rather play baseball.
What’s been one of your favorite moments playing baseball?
Kramer: I think it was 12U, we went to Cooperstown. The final day of Cooperstown there was a bunch of rain. We still had to play like 4 or 5 games that night. And, with all the rain we ended up starting at 8PM one day and finished at 5AM the next day. We played five games throughout the night. The championship game started at three in the morning. So, that’s something I will never forget playing throughout the night.
What’s been one of the best baseball pieces of advice you’ve been given?
Kramer: Have fun man. The game is a game of failures and you see a lot of players get frustrated easily. But, you go to know in this game you’re gonna fail and fail a lot. It’s about how you deal with it and bounce back. That’s always stuck with me.
What’s your favorite baseball movie?
Kramer: It’s got to be the Benchwarmers.
What’s your favorite food to get at a baseball stadium?
Kramer: Oh it’s got to be a hotdog. You can’t go wrong with a hotdog, no mustard though only ketchup.