On Friday night, Max Walla hit his first homerun as a Timber Rattler. While this accomplishment in and of itself is commendable, it becomes something even bigger when you consider where the feat was accomplished. Miller Park.
(Note: This is the second time that Max has accomplished this feat as he hit one out during the Rising Stars Game at Miller Park last year).
I had a chance to talk to Max the following day about the homer, how he prepped for the game, as well as what inspires him to be the best that he can be.
CCC: On Friday Night you collected your first homer as a Wisconsin Timber Rattler. Can you tell me what was going through your head as the ball was leaving the park?
MW: Well, obviously I put a good swing on it, I hit it a little high, and just was hoping it had the distance to get out. You know, it’s surreal circling the bases of a major league ballpark and hearing the canons go off, that’s pretty cool.
CCC: Obviously playing at Miller Park required a different level of preparation. What adjustments did yo make in BP to account for this?
MW: It doesn’t really require any different sort of preparation. It’s the same game, maybe just on a little bigger stage. You just try to focus on the basics. In BP you want to see if you can get a few more out of the park than normal, but you just have fun with it. You don’t get to take BP there too often.
CCC: As one of the youngest players on the team, what advice have you received from the other players and coaches so far?
MW: Well, just to slow the game down and keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve got to remember what makes you valuable to the organization as a ball player, so obviously you’ve got to know your role and try to improve the things that you don’t do as well to make yourself a more complete player.
CCC: Being from New Mexico, how are you adjusting to the weather here in Wisconsin?
MW: Well, you know Albuquerque gets pretty cold in the wintertime, so I mean, it’s not too much of an adjustment. Yeah it’s a little bit windy, but like I said, I’ve played in stuff like this before. Obviously, this isn’t ideal conditions, but really when are they? So really, it’s not too bad and hopefully it warms up really soon.
CCC: Any pregame rituals?
MW: Yeah, you know, I do like to read the Bible a little bit and pray. I am a Christian so I mainly try to focus on playing for Christ, not for myself or anybody else. That’s something that God has given me so I hope to glorify him while I play to the best of my abilities.
CCC: Final question, who is the player that you learned the most from watching their game?
MW: I think in recent years, it would be Jordan Pacheco. He’s been up and down with the Rockies this year. I had a chance to work out with him this off season. He’s been in the big leagues and I’ve learned a lot from him regarding on-field routines, off-field routines, as well as good ways to go about your business. I’ve learned a lot from him, and am very thankful for him.
We at Cream City Cables would like to thank Max for taking time to talk with us, and wish him the best of luck as he continues to climb the ladder within the Brewers organization.