Jabari Blash isn’t Sherman Hemsley but He’s Moving On Up!

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Written by Mark Nikolov  Photo by Jake Roth

The San Diego Padres just recently purchased the contract of Jabari Blash from the El Paso Chihuahuas Triple A Affiliate.  Blash, a client of Primetime Sports, has been very impressive in Cactus League play this year.  His power has been particularly impressive.  He hit seven homeruns and two doubles in only 58 at bats this Spring.  Today I got the chance to talk to Blash after appearing in his first Major League game of the season against the San Francisco Giants.  It was the first interview I’ve had with a guy that has played on an MLB roster and I was really nervous but Jabari was really easy going and he made it a great interview for me.  Here’s how the conversation went…

Real McCoy Minors: “Congrats on getting the call from San Diego.  It was well deserved in my opinion.  You also made me look really good because yesterday I had posted on Twitter that you would be in a Padres jersey very soon.”

JBariabari Blash: “Thanks, it’s exciting to be back in the majors…a little unexpected the way things happened but good to be back nevertheless.”

Real McCoy Minors: “Today was your first Major League game of the 2017 season.  What was it like?”

Jabari Blash: “It was good.  I got to pinch hit today but unfortunately I struck out.  I think I was a little too amped up.  I’m hoping to start tomorrow’s game and get few quality at bats.”

Real McCoy Minors: “Yesterday you played against the Las Vegas 51s with the Padres Triple A team in El Paso.  You guys won that game 8-1.  Not to take anything away from El Paso but I thought it would be a closer game.  Can you give me your take on that game?”

Jabari Blash: “Yeah, we had Walter Lockett on the mound and he was just getting in all day with his fastball.  He did a great job yesterday and it was really fun to watch (8Ks in 6 innings pitched).  His slider is electric!”

Real McCoy Minors: “You played extremely well in Spring Training this year.  It seemed like your name was popping up everyday on RotoWorld.  To what do you attribute this recent success and how do you plan on continuing your high level of play for the Padres this year?”

Jabari Blash: “This Spring Training was definitely one of my better ones.  I made an adjustment in my batting stance, adding a toe tap, and I feel more confident up at the plate now.”

Real McCoy Minors: “I remember back in 2011, Mark Trumbo had a great Spring and the Angels brought him up to be their everyday first baseman.  Can you see yourself having as good a career as Trumbo perhaps?”

Jabari Blash: “Trumbo and Nelson Cruz are two guys that had a late start in the MLB, like myself, but at this point I’m not thinking that far ahead.  I’m just focused on my current opportunities and I’m taking things day by day.”

Real McCoy Minors: “I noticed on Facebook that you played baseball for Miami Dade College.  Are you from the Miami-Dade area?”

cropped-real-mccoy-shopify-logo.jpgJabari Blash: “No, I was actually born in the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.  I got the opportunity to play baseball at Miami Dade College without having to pay any tuition and that made things really easy on my family and me.  It was at that point that I started taking baseball seriously.  When I was young I never thought I would grow up to be a professional athlete…”

Real McCoy Minors: “What will you do to prepare for tomorrow’s game against the Giants?  Do you have any pregame rituals or routines that you follow?”

Jabari Blash: “I’ll start off the day by eating good…I’ll get to the ballpark early, get stretched, get loose in the cage.  As far as a pregame ritual I’ll listen to music about 15 minutes before the game starts.”

Real McCoy Minors: “Okay last question, what are your hobbies outside of baseball?”

Jabari Blash: “Right now I’m trying to get better with my Spanish…I like to pick up books as well.  I’m currently on book six of the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  In the off-season I’m a total beach bum.  I really enjoy working out and just spending time at the beach.”

Real McCoy Minors: “Awesome.  Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today.  I know you have a big day ahead of you tomorrow so I’ll let you get some rest.  Best of luck to you and the rest of the guys at Primetime Sports!  I hope you have an incredible season and a successful MLB career.”

You can follow Jabari Blash on Twitter @JabariBlash and please check out my EBAY store REALMcCOYBASEBALL for all kinds of great stuff!

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Collector of Minor League Baseball cards and all around MiLB enthusiast. Check out my blog and my new social media marketing website at marknikolov.com!

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