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Mahopac Senior Shortstop Relishes Game Day

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Pat McGee fires the ball to first last season.
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Mahopac senior Pat McGee plays shortstop for the varsity baseball team.

How old were you when you started playing baseball and how did you get started?

I was 6 years old when my dad signed me up for Little League.

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What do you feel is the strongest aspect of your game as a baseball player?

Definitely my hands defensively. I have worked very hard on that this offseason.

How have you and the team been training to prepare for the spring baseball season?

We have been working hard every day on our own and we even had some player-run practices, taking advantage of the nice weather we had for a while, along with the baseball clinic on Sundays.

What are your expectations for the baseball team this season?

I expect us to compete in every single game and make a run at the league and section championship.

As a senior, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

I definitely see myself helping the team win and get better every day. Being a leader is something that means a lot to me. I love pushing my teammates to be the best they can be to help the team win.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Last year myself and a few other juniors would be in charge of bringing some equipment back from the bus to the crates behind the field after road games and we always made a 20-30 second Snapchat story of us reenacting a movie scene or something and a lot of people liked that.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

Derek Jeter, he’s the reason I play shortstop and the reason I wanted to be a leader. I loved the way he carried himself at all times and always looked to make the people around him better.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

That I am probably one of the worst fishermen of all time. I went fishing like 15 times last summer and didn’t catch a single fish.

Do you plan on continuing to play baseball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

Yes, I will be playing at SUNY Oneonta next year. I chose the school because it’s not too close but not too far from home, so family can come see me play. I also chose it because of the opportunity to compete for a starting spot next year as well as a chance to win the conference.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

Right now I’m deciding between teaching social studies and studying business. For teaching, I want to do something where I can interact with people and do something that I enjoy and actually understand. For business, I have always been pretty good at convincing people to do things so I could probably make a good salesman.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Dansby Swanson is definitely my favorite player. My favorite pro team is the Yankees and for college baseball I root for LSU.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a baseball game?

I always have to listen to country music before a game to try and keep myself calm.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

It would definitely be super strength—that way I could hit a baseball like 900 feet every time.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would probably want to go to Nashville, just to listen to country music the whole time with some friends.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Last year I ate a Slim Jim and a Pop-Tart from the gas station before every game and a nice sandwich after the game.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Crossroads Deli, they have the best chicken cutlet in town with some awesome sandwich options.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, I prefer to look at pictures rather than read.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the baseball program and why should they go out for the team?

There are so many reasons to love playing for this town. The coaching staff is unbelievable. The amount of time, energy and effort they put into this program is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of coaches that cares more about their program than these guys do. Second, there is nothing like game day. When you wake up in the morning it’s all you can think about all day and when you finally slip the uniform on and you’re ready to go, there’s no better feeling. But my favorite part about Mahopac varsity baseball is the intensity and the emotion everyone shows. When something big happens it is unmatched anywhere else.

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