Bear Facts: Ben Booker

March 4, 2009


Ben Booker

When did you start playing baseball?
I started playing ball probably around four or five years old. I probably played a bit earlier than that, but the first organized ball was t-ball.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?
My family. They funded me through all of select ball and in high school they had to buy all the equipment. I wouldn't have gotten here without them. They got all of my bats and gloves and everything so I just want to thank them for that.

What is the best part of being a college athlete?
The atmosphere. We have a lot of good fans here and winning games like this in the bottom of the 9th inning, nothing is better than fans cheering and teammates picking each other up.

Favorite sport other than baseball?
I don't know if there is one, so I guess just watching college sports like football.

What is the highlight of your sports career?
I think it is going to be this year when we go to the World Series and dog pile at a super regional here.

Who are your favorite sports heroes?
I guess my elders in my family. I had a lot of older cousins in my family that played baseball and my brothers taught me along the way. Growing up with two brothers and playing against them competively teaches you how to be competitive. I just want to thank them for letting me have my competivie state of nature.

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?
Struggles. In this game you can go 0-for-4 in one game and 4-for-4 the next. It is all about getting to the next game and you can't get down. I started off this season struggling and I'm not playing much but getting back in there and getting your feet wet, you just have to keep your head up.

What opposing schools do you most look forward to competing against?
A&M and Texas, they are our rivals. The stands are packed and there are people in the outfield, there is no better atmosphere with people heckling you. It doesn't get better than that, I don't think anyone can ask for anything more. When you get to play those guys it is the best feeling in the world. It is going to be competitive this year; it is going to be a dogfight. We didn't prove what we should have last year and this is a different team so they have what they have coming for them.

What is one thing Coach Smith always tells you?
Just to be confident and trust yourself and just got out there and try to win but have fun. When we don't do well he has our backs. It is good that he is here because we look up to him. He is a pretty good coach and is one of the most successful in the Big 12. He is a good guy to have.

Who is your biggest fan?
My family. They got me here and without I wouldn't be in this world. I am thankful to have them. I have a good mom, dad and brothers, I am thankful to have them.

Why did you choose to attend Baylor?
Two of my grandfathers that passed away, I just wanted them to get to see me play. A lot of my family is from around (Waco) so at least they got to see me play before they passed away. That was one of the main reasons. I am glad that I came here.

What's the most important thing you've learned as a Baylor athlete?
Just to overcome the hardships. It is part of being an athlete, you can't get down or mentally trapped or the game will get you. You see it in the major leagues when pitchers can't through strikes anymore or people can't through to first base. It is all about staying focused and getting back in there to do good again.

What is one thing you would change about Baylor?
I would like to see more people in the outfield at games--on the Pods and everything. With rivalry games and all of the conference it would be good to have those guys to use as a home field advantage. Having a home field advantage is part of baseball.

What is your favorite T.V. show?

What is your dream job?
To be a head coach someday. I think that is every baseball players dream when they are done so that they can teach kids and get them to learn about the game.

What song is stuck in your head right now?
Don Lambert's "I wear my sunglasses at night". He always wears prescription sunglasses so we give him a hard time about that and that is what we think every time he goes up to bat.

Best non-athletic talent?
Playing video games. That is all that I do when I am at home to get away and relax.

Biggest fear?
Not making it to the college world series this year. For some of us guys this will be our last year so it is a fear if we don't get there and the game ends. We just want to go out on top.

Biggest pet-peeve?
Other teams when they beat us here and they are not a very good team dog-piling on the field after they beat us like they have won the World Series but they haven't done much. I think that gets to everybody.

Best opposing Big 12 fans?
A&M. They get you. I like playing there and I think everybody does. Right when you get off of the bus they get in your face. You have to be focused and get ready to play there.

Movies or TV?


Compiled by Austin Staton, Athletic Media Relations student assistant.



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