Q & A With Reese Havens
by: Patrick Hickey, Jr. | Senior Writer - NY Sports Day | Thursday, June 19, 2008
BROOKLYN, NY† - Recently drafted in the first round by the New York Mets, shortstop Reese Havens may be the Cyclones most dynamic player this season. An accomplished hitter in college, Havens, whose batting stance may remind some of former Houston Astros great Jeff Bagwell, hit .359 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI with the University of South Carolina this season. Talking to the media after workouts on June 14, he outlined his goals for the season and talked about his new surroundings.
You signed at Shea Stadium a few days ago, what was your impression of the club?
Reese Havens: It was awesome. I got to experience it for the first time with my family and they [the Mets] took care of us. We had a good time there.
How much different is New York from where you come from?
Havens: Everything is a lot quicker than it is in South Carolina. You can probably tell that because I know Iím not talking as fast as you all want me to. I donít mind it though; itís been great so far. Iíve had a blast since I got here.
How do you like Keyspan Park so far?
Havens: Itís a really nice ballpark and from what I hear, there are sell-out crowds and packed stands every night, so Iím excited about playing here.
What do you bring to a team? What makes you a special ballplayer?
Havens: Whether I go 4 for 4 or 0 for 4, Iím going to come out here every night and give it my all. I try to be the best teammate I can. Thatís basically what I try and do every game. Iím going to try and get these guys going by coming to the ballpark everyday with the mentality that weíre going to win and be as confident as possible.
If you could compare yourself to a major leaguer, who would it be and why?
Havens: Iíve been asked that question a good bit, but I really canít put a finger on it. I was a big Cal Ripken fan when he used to play and Iím still a big Chipper [Jones] fan. I think Jose Reyes is the most exciting infielder in baseball to watch too.
You spoke before about the faster pace in New York, how do you think thatís going to transition to your game?
Havens: Itís going to be a jump, but I feel confident that Iím ready.
Do you see yourself as a shortstop later in your career or do you see yourself playing another infield position?
Havens: I was drafted as a shortstop and the plan right now is to continue to play shortstop. Iíve been asked that question a lot lately and Iíve told everyone that as long as Iím in the lineup, I donít care where Iím playing.
What are your expectations for this team this season?
Havens: The expectations and the goals for every team you play on are to win a championship. In college, itís a National Championship and in the big leagues itís the World Series. This season, weíre going to play to the last out here. Those are our expectations and goals for this season.