Second Baseman, Oakland A’s & Modus Athlete
How did you get into professional baseball?
I always loved playing sports growing up...As a kid, I had a younger brother who's close to my age. We were always playing outside, whatever sport, then baseball and soccer were our main two competitive sports growing up. And finally moved toward only baseball. It was something I loved doing and was lucky to have the opportunity to continue to play in college and professional, so it's been a fun journey for me.
What’s it like being a professional baseball athlete?
I'm training about five days a week, usually in the mornings. Now in my offseason I go over to a facility called Exos and we're usually there for three or four hours a day getting after it.
I think the last few years, as I'm starting to get a little older, I really have to focus on the preparation before every activity I do, so I spend 30 to 45 minutes foam rolling and stretching and getting everything loose. I think it's helped me a lot with my recovery from each day and allowing my body to just get in the same position each day to get ready for the workout. I have three kids now, so...that's another workout on top of the sport.
The traveling is fun in the big leagues. It's neat being able to stay at all the different hotels in each city and taking our charter plane to and from, but it’s definitely taxing how much traveling we are doing. Being able to get the nutrition we need and stuff, throughout the season, is big, so we can recover throughout our daily games. And I want to just continue to get better and play this game as long as I can.
A while ago, I usually leaned towards whey protein but I think within the last year or so I've been transitioning to more plant-based powders. I've noticed the whey will kind of make my stomach a little unsettling and I think definitely my body just uses the plant protein more efficiently than whey.
How are your thoughts on the Modus products?
I’ve been loving them all. Especially the last two or three months, I've been taking them pretty religiously - the Power ON every morning and then the Power OFF at night, along with the protein during the day.
I think Power ON kind of just gets me going, mentally and physically. I don't really drink coffee in the morning, so it's been a nice little mental booster for me.
And then, the Power OFF helps me...helps me get to sleep quicker, which has always been an issue of mine. It helps when I can sleep in, or just sleep through the night. Before I felt like it'd always just take me awhile to go to sleep, whether it was my mind racing or just kind of rolling around, but since taking the Power OFF, I take it, lay down, put my phone away, try to get rid of all the distractions, and it's really been a game changer. I'm sleeping within 15 minutes of laying down, which is great.
I love the Modus protein shakes. I love making a nice chocolate shake. A while ago, I usually leaned towards whey protein but I think within the last year or so I've been transitioning to more plant-based powders. I've noticed the whey will kind of make my stomach a little unsettling and I think definitely my body just uses the plant protein more efficiently than whey.
I'll make a Modus shake during the day, but a lot of times I'll make one before I go to bed, so it's kind of like my dessert, in a way, making my Modus chocolate shake. I'll do some cashew milk...some coconut flakes, some banana, a little Greek yogurt, and a little cacao powder.