When asked about possibly playing another position in the future, Montero was vague: “I don’t know. Maybe in the future, two, three, five years more, maybe they’re going to put me in another position. But I’m working to be a catcher. I want to be in the big leagues as a catcher.” Any player would likely say the same thing about staying at his natural position, but it’s great to see Jesus showing great desire for wanting to stick to catching. Craig asked a follow up and Montero said he wants “to be a catcher with the Yankees.” Of course, when a player is as big as Montero is behind the plate, it’s hard for him to master that position. Montero, though, is working. On changing his throwing mechanics: “Last year, I got a lot of outs when they told me that, more than before. I’ve been working really good with that. Now, let’s wait for the game, see what we can do.” These quotes show us that Montero is ready, willing, able, and most importantly, eager to improve his skills at catcher to make sure he sticks behind the plate.
The other thing that I absolutely loved about this interview is the feeling of happiness Montero gave off. This is a young man who just enjoys the game of baseball. He said catching was fun because by doing so, he gets to “control the game” and be “the third manager.” His true joy, though, seems to be hitting the baseball:
I like to have fun when I’m hitting. I love to hit. If we don’t hit in baseball, it’s not baseball. This is the best thing in my life: hit home runs, have fun, hit batting practice. Hitting for me is the best thing in my life.
This quote is just so full of awesome. What does El Carpentiero feel when he really gets a hold of one? “Happiness, pride, I don’t know, a lot of good things.”
I have a great feeling that Jesus is going to be feeling lots of happiness, pride, and good things in the years to come.