The K Zone
December 9th 2017
Interviewed By Mike Duffy
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, to college, to the minor leagues, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Philip Caulfield: For me, the biggest challenge was definitely being able to go out there every day and try to be the same guy every day. In college, a lot of it moved a little slower to me as far as the pitching, and the speed of the game. The speed of the game at the pro level is much faster. The every day grind, literally meaning every single day, makes the game a little quicker too because some days you may not feel as great, and you got to find a way to lock in.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a National?
Philip Caulfield: My favorite thing about being a National is the overall organization. We as players get treated very well by the front office, coaches and executives. The food we get at the Spring Training facility is second to none and they make sure we are taken care of. Obviously getting the opportunity to wear the Nationals jersey is an honor as well.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Philip Caulfield: I really am getting into golf. For me, it’s something where I can stay competitive but it not being baseball. It’s a good release for me and I really enjoy playing with my buddies.
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Philip Caulfield: I was always a huge Pedroia guy growing up. His grit, tenacity and overall mentality is something I have always tried to emulate. Lately, probably around last year I really started to like Rougned Odor. I love his swing and the way he plays the game is something I try and emulate as well.
Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?
Philip Caulfield: My favorite team has gotta be the SF Giants as I am a native of San Francisco. I was fortunate enough to watch Barry Bonds in his prime and be able to go to countless number of games at AT&T park. It’s a beautiful place to watch a game and me and my brothers have a lot of awesome memories there.
Mike Duffy: Goals for this offseason?
Philip Caulfield: Goals for the offseason are really just to become a better version of myself. I have learned that you got to be yourself if you want success in this game. Having said that, I really have emphasized putting on strength, size and speed which I have done a good job of over these first 3 months of the offseason. Right as I got home I didn’t take a break from the weight room so I think that has really paid off for me. I also want to be able to drive gaps more as a hitter and try to use the strength I’ve acquire to do so.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?
Philip Caulfield: My favorite stadium has gotta be AT&T Park. Haven’t seen Nationals stadium yet so hopefully it will be that one day!
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite T.V. show?
Philip Caulfield: My favorite TV show has gotta be Seinfeld. All time classic for me. I also really liked Sons of Anarchy.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Movie?
Philip Caulfield: Favorite movie is Sandlot and The Town.
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Philip Caulfield: When I am in a tough time, I really look to those closest to me. I don’t really have a motto so to say, more so just a mentality that I have gone through so much in my life and battled adversity, that I really can get through anything with those I am closest with.
Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?
Philip Caulfield: I’ve always wanted to play professional baseball. A lot of people in my area definitely told me it wasn’t realistic, but I always used that to fuel me. In college though was when I started to figure out I really could make it a reality. The coaches at LMU really helped me excel and show me what I needed to do in order to get there, and for that I owe them a lot.
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?
Philip Caulfield: My favorite baseball memory, I’ve got a few. Probably in high school when I hit two homers in one game and had 8 RBI’s. Hitting my first college homer at LMU, and winning a WCC title with those guys and that team was really special. Having a winning season at the d1 level is exciting. We were ranked 23 in the nation at one point. Cory Abbott throwing a perfect game was also an incredible memory. There’s a lot with that team.
Mike Duffy: What is one takeaway after your first season?
Philip Caulfield: My takeaways are really to be yourself and to what is right for you. I gained a lot of knowledge on how pro ball works and the process of things. Obviously I haven’t seen a long full season yet, but really just learning what it’s all about made a huge difference for me.
Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite Musician?
Philip Caulfield: Favorite musician has gotta be Future. Don’t really have a favorite song, but I like all of his stuff.
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