Tuesday afternoon, three members of the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by
WellDog, ventured down the road to Albany Hills State School to talk a little
about baseball, their own diverse backgrounds, and to hopefully earn some new
fans and maybe inspire some future players.
Holland, Rick Teasley, and Maxx Tissenbaum were impressed by the enthusiasm of
the hundreds of students in attendance, and realised quickly how much of an
impact their presence might have made. Growing up in Caboolture, Queensland,
Holland had all of a sudden changed positions with the athletes he'd seen in
assemblies growing up, and was proud to be the one now in the spotlight.
can remember when I was at school, the other athletes coming out and you look
them on stage sometimes and just think, 'Whoa,'" the 21-year-old pitcher
said. "Then to be in the reverse role of that and being on stage and
looking down at the kids, it was cool. It makes you feel like you're doing
well, you're doing it for the right reasons. It was good."
Teasley, a hurler from Port St. Lucie, Florida: "Seeing Sam back at a
school, it was kind of cool to see that because he knows what it's like. You
can tell that he's looking out there at kids who are just like he used to be,
from the same place, and tell them basically that this isn't a sport that a lot
of Australians are familiar with, but if you familiarise yourself with it you
can go a long way."
is one of just four players from the Brisbane area who is currently under
contract overseas with a major league affiliate. As a member of the San Diego
Padres organisation, and looking to return to the Bandits active roster before
the end of the year after resting his throwing arm, he feels accountable as a
representative of his sport in the community.
definitely feel a little bit more responsibility, to be honest," the
right-hander said. "You don't feel like you're holding up the reputation
of baseball in Queensland, but you definitely want to do well and promote the
sport in this state.
want to do well for the Bandits and be a big part of the Bandits, and then make
sure that there are plenty of Australian players to keep coming up through the
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