404 THE BEAT EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Braves Outfielder Lane Adams
With the offseason upon us and players going their separate ways until reporting for spring training, I was able to catch up with Braves Outfielder Lane Adams for an off-season interview.
In 2017 Lane was called up to fill the void of Adonis Garcia and Matt Kemp as they both were dealing with injuries through the course of the year. In doing so, Lane made the most of his time by racking up 30 hits in 109 plate appearances. Not only did Lane make noise in the majors but he was able to earn his first MLB hit, home-run and stolen base as an Atlanta Brave.
In an exclusive 404 THE BEAT interview, I asked Lane a few questions about life in and out of baseball.
Name: Lane Adams
Twitter Handle: la_swiftness
From: Talihina, OK
Professional Years Played:
“I began playing professionally in 2009.”
At what point did you realize you had a shot at the big leagues?
“I think I came to the realization that I had a legitimate shot at playing in the big Leagues after the 2013 season.”
How did you feel when the Braves promoted you to the Major Leagues?
“I was pretty emotional, I had been called up in September of 2014 and hadn’t really sniffed being called back up since. To know I was going up to Atlanta, gave me the opportunity I was desperate for since 2014, but wasn’t sure I was ever going to get again.”
What were your emotions when you hit your 1st major league home run?
“I was excited, though the first hit was the hardest and most emotional. My first HR was definitely the most exciting thing for me up to that point in the season.”
How did you get your nickname (LA Swiftness)?
“I just came up with it on my own. The only meaning to it is it’s my twitter handle name. No cool back-story to it. Just had to come up with a new twitter handle and that what I came up with.”
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
“I’m not superstitious, though I try to keep a routine that stays consistent. I shower, meditate, and try to do the same warm up routine. I will switch it from time to time.”
What do you do in your offseason?
“In the offseason I just workout 5 days a week and relax and see my family when I can. I wake up around 8 and eat breakfast, workout from 10:30-12:30, go to the batting cage from 1-3, then come home and enjoy the rest of the day.”
What goals do you have for this upcoming season?
“Going into 2018, I’d like to solidify myself in the Big Leagues and of course hit more homers and steal more bases.”
What do you enjoy most about being in the Braves organization?
“The people in the Braves organization are great. The team in Gwinnett was one of the best group of guys I had played with. I then go to Atlanta and it’s the same type of people. Good character guys in the clubhouses up and down the organization.”
Do you have anything you want to tell Braves Country and all your fans?
“I would like to thank the fans for their ongoing support for not only myself but also my teammates. My short time in Atlanta last season was the most fun I’ve had in my professional career and the fans of the Atlanta Braves played a big role in that.”
On a personal note, what do you do for fun away from baseball?
“I’m a homebody. I like to just hangout and watch TV or read. I love to watch basketball, hangout with friends, family, girlfriend, and my dog. I got into Lego’s last offseason so I’m not sure what my mind will want to venture into this winter yet. My main hobbies are working out and hitting, which is why I’m grateful I get to do what I do.”
I would like to personally thank Lane for taking the time out of his schedule to answer some questions and give Braves Country a look inside his life as a professional player.
Keep an eye out for Lane to continue his great play as an utility player for the Braves this upcoming season!
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