Getting to Know: Baseball Signee Albee Weiss
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Cal State Northridge baseball head coach Greg Moore announced a signing class of 10 student-athletes for the 2014-15 season in November. One of those signees is Albee Weiss, a catcher from Agoura, Calif.
Albee was born in Manhasset, New York, and moved to Agoura Hills when he was 5 years old.
GoMatadors.com sat down with the big catcher from the "Valley" to get his thoughts about becoming a Matador, life, school and everything in between…..
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ALBEE WEISS, C Agoura High School, CA
What was your first impression of CSUN when you began to be recruited?
I wasn't sure. I knew that I was beginning to develop great relationships with the coaching staff, and was intrigued by the idea of being so close to home. Over the time period of the recruiting process I learned more about the new coaching staff, their goals and where they were going to take the program. I knew that it would be a chance to make a difference in a program that is going to make its journey to Omaha.
What can you say about the Cal State Northridge Baseball coaching staff?
I really can't say enough about the coaching staff. That was probably the deciding factor for me in choosing CSUN. Early in my recruiting process I met Coach Moore when he was at the University of San Francisco and I also met Coach Twohig when he was at the University of Washington as well as having the pleasure of being coached at the Southwest All Star Tournament by Coach Milkovich and liked all of them tremendously. So when I spoke to them and heard they were all at CSUN my curiosity was sparked and I had to come and see for myself what CSUN was really like. Then I met the rest of the staff and they all have great reputations. Coach Hom gave me the tour and I enjoyed his personality and felt very comfortable. Being a catcher from the valley, I had heard great things about Coach Meusborn from Chatsworth High and I am looking forward to working with him now that he is here at CSUN as well. So for me, because of the staff I felt this was a really good choice. With this staff and the right dynamic on the field, we will make great strides as a unit.
What's your first memory of Cal State Northridge?
I played several games at Granada Hills High School and would pass CSUN and my dad would say, "That's a good school," in a Brooklyn accent. More recently, I remember standing in the main quad area in front of the library and taking everything in while thinking to myself, "This does feel like home."
What do you love most about the sport of baseball?
Baseball has been all I've known since before I can remember. There is not one aspect of the game that I don't have a passion for. I believe that if somebody can feel so strongly about something for so long, it must be something special, and this game has been around for a long time now, and continues to win over the hearts of young kids with big league dreams. This game is not just a game, it's a lifestyle. You don't have to play it to love it, each big league team has its loyal group of fans who stand by them no matter what, it's like each team has its own extended family.
If you weren't playing baseball, what sport(s) would you be playing?
I'm a pretty big guy who loves to workout, I'd probably take my talent to the football field.
What kinds of things do you like to do away from the field?
Well baseball keeps me really busy, when I am not playing or working out or in school I really like to sleep and relax, stay home and spend time with family, friends and my dogs.
When you attend CSUN, what do you intend to major in and why?
I have several interests. I will most likely major in Business because even if I am fortunate enough to make baseball my career you need a business mind to manage your finances and to be able to invest correctly and know when to explore business opportunities as they arise. I also have an interest in kinesiology. I am fascinated as to how our body's work and the use of our muscles.
Are you involved in the community? If so, what have you done?
Whenever I have the opportunity to volunteer I assist the Agoura Pony Baseball VIP Program that provides children with special needs and disabilities to compete in baseball games. We teach the kids to play and participate in the game and we all have a great experience. Agoura High School also hosts several of these games throughout the year and I enjoy those as well.
What's the best advice you've ever been given and by whom?
The guy who play's "The Babe," in sandlot said to "Benny the Jet," "Follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong." I watched this movie every month from the time I was six, literally to present day. I believe this line has true relevance, and if I would have followed something other than my heart during the recruiting process, I might not have made the same decision.
Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they?
A couple of us on our team all gather right before we take the field, and say a prayer. I hope to always continue this.
What number have you worn in high school? Does it have any significance to you?
I have worn #10. I really wanted #24 because I wore that my entire career before high school but it was taken. However #10 is my favorite number.
If you could meet any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig. It would be an honor to meet some of the greatest players of all time, and getting a few pointers couldn't hurt.
What is your favorite pre-game meal?
I'm a big burrito guy, love a good steak burrito before a game, or I would keep it simple with a sandwich.
What is your favorite pre-game music?
Country, Country, Country. I like rap and other kinds of music, but the best pre game music is some good, hard rocking country to get pumped up.
If you could visit one country you've never been to, what would that be and why?
I have always wanted to go to Ireland. I have this vision of just sitting on a green pasture and taking in the serenity and the quiet atmosphere, but Australia is up there too. I could see myself on a beach by myself, relaxing and listening to the water. Those sound like ideal vacations to me.
Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
My dad would always reference me to being like Mark Mcgwire, so we always watched videos of him hitting. As I grew and began having my own opinions, I began to like Albert Pujols and the way he played the game.
What is your favorite baseball team?
Well there isn't one I wouldn't want to play for. However being originally from New York I like the Mets and having grown up in SoCal I like the Dodgers.
What sporting event would you most like to see the most?
I have never been to a Game Seven of the World Series. That would really be something.
What's the most important thing Cal State Northridge fans should know about you?
I am training every day to make myself a better athlete. I am a firm believer in the quote, "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard." I am a gamer on and off the field, and can't wait to get on the field as a Matador and take us on a journey to Omaha. I have experienced great success in a Div. 1 program here at Agoura, and am looking forward to bringing my hard work ethic and leadership skills to the field at Northridge. Go Dors'!