NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Michael Puletz has played on the North Salem varsity baseball team for four years. As a freshman, he was part of the starting lineup for the 2017 state championship team. He was named All-Section as a junior. He is one of the three senior captains for the 2020 team.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I have been keeping up on my arm care to keep ready for a possible season. I have also been busy working on my Jeep—keeping up on maintenance and making modifications as well. I’ve been trying to stay creative by welding together an L screen to leave behind for future teams at North Salem to use.
When did you start playing baseball and what got you started?
I started playing baseball when I was 5 years old. I got my brother’s old glove as my first glove to use when I played. Out of all sports, I have always liked baseball the best.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I choose to wear No. 11 because it is the number that I have had since being pulled up to varsity freshman year. I remember the day I got pulled up, going to the bus to go play Haldane and getting the No. 11 jersey handed to me. I also love the number 11 because it is the number I wore during the state championships my freshman year. I never wanted a different number since.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at North Salem?
My favorite memory on the team would have to be in the 2017 state championship as a freshman. In the first inning I got up to bat with runners on second and third. I got a base hit and drove in 2 runs to extend our lead.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model has been my father. He taught me the game and how to play it right. He stressed the importance of teamwork and enjoying the game. He has been one of my coaches every year during summer ball.
What life lessons have you learned from sports?
One important lesson I’ve learned is that hard work pays off. Another important lesson I have learned is to always stay humble.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I listen to my country playlist before games.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have one superpower, it would be that my arm would never have to recover after pitching.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I love taking my Jeep off road on power lines and old dirt roads.
What place would you most like to visit?
I would like to visit Spain because my mother’s family is originally from there.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Froggy’s Deli because I live less than 5 minutes from it and their breakfast sandwiches are amazing.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
My go-to app is Snapchat to keep in touch with my brother and our friends down in Florida
Are you currently binging anything?
I am currently binging old Nascar and Supercross races.
For a young athlete growing up in the North Salem school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the baseball team and why should they go out for it?
We are a very close team because of the size of our school and the size of our team. We also have a great coaching and training staff.
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