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Somers Senior Captain a Role Model for Baseball Team

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Kris Swee pitches against Lakeland during the regular season.
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Somers senior Kris Swee is a team captain and second baseman/shortstop/pitcher on the varsity baseball team.​

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

I first started playing ball when I was about 4. My dad got me started since he wanted me to at least try out for baseball and everything kept going from there.

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What were your team’s goals for the season?

Earlier on we were really looking to do some damage in the playoffs, but as the season has turned out, we were just looking to play hard baseball and having fun out on the field. We really wanted to make this a memorable season, no matter what our record.

As a senior on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

I believe that I can be a mentor to not just the younger kids on varsity, but also for the kids on JV and freshmen. I have tried to be a role model on and off the field for all the kids.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

There are a ton of activities we do as a team, but the one pre-game ritual that we did would have to be our bat ceremony. We all went out to center field and put our bats in a circle. Coach sprinkled water over the bats while reciting a prayer. It was a strange moment, but it did wake the bats up a little bit.

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

Definitely Dustin Pedroia — he plays his heart out every single pitch and I try my best to emulate his style of play. I even use his custom style glove.

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

I hate peas — they make my jaw hurt.

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

I am going to RPI and I am going to try and walk on. I chose RPI since it is a really good engineering school and it is a good distance from home.

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

I want to study civil engineering because being able to find new ways to build and sustain the buildings and bridges around us is really fascinating to me.

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

My favorite athlete is Dustin Pedroia and my favorite MLB team is the Boston Red Sox.

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

I always listen to either AC/DC if we are on the bus to a game, or soundtrack music if we are hitting in the gym.

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

I would want super strength, so then I wouldn’t have to work out as much. 

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

I would want to go to Germany because I went to the German section in Disney and it had amazing food and I would be able to do a ton of skiing.

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

I like to have an instant breakfast drink before games because it isn’t too much, but it gives me enough energy to stay in the game.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

Froggy’s (Deli), since it is the best food you can buy and the people there are really nice. 

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Instagram, since that’s the only one I really use a lot.

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

I would tell them that being a part of the baseball program is really like being in a second family.

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