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Up now: Brewers outfield prospect Corey Ray
What’s your first baseball memory?
RAY: My first baseball memory was the hardest ball I had hit to that point. Had to be like 5 years old. We’re playing at this park, and I hit the ball to the street. I’m running and the third-base coach gives me a stop sign rounding third, but I run the stop sign and the catcher just trucks me. Absolutely demolishes me. He was really big. Really, really big. I tried to slide and he put the tag down and I stopped sliding. After that, if the coach gave me a stop sign, I stopped.
What’s the last show you binge-watched?
RAY: Different World. I watch it almost every year. It’s one of my favorites. I used to get up early, it would come on at like 6 am, and I’d watch it every single day. And the fact that I can binge-watch every single season, that’s really good.
RAY: I try not to be really superstitious. I used to be really, really superstitious. But I do the same thing every day, and in baseball, you fail so much, so it’s like, are you doing the same thing every day to fail? So I don’t think it matters. You put in the work you need to put in and whatever happens, happens. It’s not because you wore the same socks or because you didn’t cut your hair or cut your nails. It’s because you put the work in.
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What’s your favorite free-time activity?
RAY: Video games. I’m a PlayStation guy — 2K every single day. And if I’m not playing PlayStation, I’m reading. I try to switch up what I’m reading, fiction, non-fiction. Whatever I hear that’s a good book, if I can get my hands on it, I read it.
What’s one talent you’d most like to have?
RAY: Sing. I wish I could sing. Like, really, really sing.
What was your first job?
RAY: Only baseball.
What’s your most embarrassing injury.
RAY: I ran into a brick wall and busted my face open in high school, trying to catch a fly ball. I went back on it and tried to catch it. I jumped, and when I came down I just blew my whole face open. I stayed in the game and hit a home run like three innings later, though. So, that’s embarrassing but it’s kind of a cool story.
What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?
RAY: My house.
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