Kansas City Royal Catcher and Albers Accounting Student Mike McCann
Current Albers Undergraduate Accounting Student Mike McCann at bat for the Arizona League Royals
Who is your sports hero and why? What do you most admire about that person?
Growing up I always idolized Ken Griffey Jr. The way he played, the way he swung, and the way he carried himself always had a certain mystique to it. Now that I have become a professional and have seen what he was able to do at such a young age, I have a different and greater appreciation for his excellence.
When did you first get interested in baseball?
The same as any other 4 year old kid. My parents signed me up for tee ball and then little league and as the years went on I noticed I wasn’t too bad at it so it just became more competitive and now here I am 17 years later still playing.
Describe a highlight of playing sports.
Probably my greatest sports memory is actually growing up playing football with all of my best friends from fourth grade to my senior year in high school. This is because football, unlike any other sport builds a certain brotherhood that is unmatched in any other sport.
Tell me about one of the SU faculty from whom you particularly learned a lot and what you enjoyed about their teaching style.
I really started to enjoy the depths of accounting once I took Dr. Kimbro’s intermediate 1 course. Her ability to link the concepts that we were going over in class with current events within the business world was something that really sparked interest for me.
Is it difficult to balance sports with school work?
When I was in college, it was extremely difficult my freshman year. But, I am so glad that I had these struggles because now I can organize my time and priorities much better to ensure that certain things get done. Also, the SU staff was always extremely flexible with our schedules as well as understanding of the difficulties of a student athlete’s day to day schedule.
What’s a typical day like for a professional baseball player?
Well with how long the seasons are and how many games are played, each day is repetitive of itself. If you are at a home series, you usually get to the field around noon, workout, and then have a mini practice for an hour or so, then go through batting practice. All of that takes you up to about 5:00. Then you have a pregame meal and get yourself ready for a 7:00 game where once it is over you will have any post game treatment that you need. Usually meaning you get back to your hotel room around 11:30. And then do it all again the next day! That is also not counting if you are on a road trip and have to take a 10 hour bus ride in the morning.
What are a couple of things you do that you feel directly contribute to your success?
Well I would like to think that I am a hard worker. My dad has always been the person I look up to in my life and he is the hardest working man I know. So with whatever I do from academics to athletics, I want to be just like him. So the model or the precedent that he has set for me has driven me to be the most successful I can be.
Are there any lessons you’ve learned doing team projects for school that have contributed to enhancing team work in baseball and/or vice versa?
Absolutely, team projects in school for a lot of people, including me, are seen as extra work that will put you out of your comfort zone. Well, this is exactly what is needed if you want to be successful in athletics. You will need to step out of your comfort bubble and stretch your boundaries in order to be a teammate that others can rely on at any point throughout the season.
What words of advice or encouragement do you have to share with other student athletes?
The number one thing that I have been able to see now that I am out of college athletics is that there are so many great people within the Seattle University family that are there to help you succeed and want that for you. Whether it is administrative staff on the athletic side, your trainers, your coaches, your professors, or your advisors. Seattle University has a first class group of people that are truly there for you the student athlete. So when things start to become difficult, whether you’re struggling in your sport or in the classroom, taking a step back and realizing that there are so many people that are dedicated to your success.