Three years ago, Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher Josh Warner lost one of the most important things he possessed – his love for the game. His drive and passion for baseball which he had since he was a little boy had disappeared.
So he figured there was no point doing something if he wasn’t able to put his 100 per cent into. So he took a break.
Two and a half years later, while he was watching baseball on tv, it suddenly dawned on him how much he missed being on the mound and the passion and drive came flooding back. As the saying goes, you don’t miss it till its gone. So now he is back, refreshed, renewed and ready for the second stint of his baseball career.
Canberra Cavalry has signed the right-handed pitcher for the upcoming season and Warner is ready once again to play the sport he loves. With the new season fast approaching, RiotACT caught up with Warner to get to know the Cavalry’s newest member.
What is your full name?
Josh Trent Warner
When is your birthday?
Where did you grow up?
Gold Coast, born and bred
“Baseball runs in the family. Growing up, both my brothers played and one of my brothers went to America to play college baseball so I idolised him and tried to follow in his footsteps.”
How different is playing baseball in American compared to Australia?
“The culture around baseball is so different than here. Over here it is a minor sport but then you go to the US and everyone lives and breathes it. It was a huge change but it was for the better. It’s nice to be in a place that really respects the game and everyone wants to play.”
Why was it important for you to start studying at university at this stage of life?
“Well, you can’t play baseball till your 60-years-old. I was encouraged to study by my family and friends but it was something I knew I needed to do. It is hard to get a job without a degree, so I knew I needed to do something to move on in life. So I am studying a bachelor of commerce at Bond University.”
Why did you choose to play for the Cavs this season?
“I was in talks with the Bandits but I knew I was a better fit down in Canberra. Brisbane have a really strong team again this year so it would be hard for me to push myself into a starting spot. Cavs should have a pretty strong team so I am excited to be a part of it.”
What happened in your last baseball match?
“My last pitch in semi-professional baseball in my last outing hit Cavalry’s batter David Harris in the head. It was also my first pitch in the match. Both benches were cleared and I was ejected. I want to now fix that situation that I am remembered for – being ejected from the game after one pitch.”
What are you least looking forward to in Canberra?
“I don’t cope well in the cold so luckily I am in Canberra for the summer months. I have heard that in Canberra it still gets cold at night during the summer though.”
What is your worst habit?
“My worst habit has to be indulging in a bag of hot chips. I just can’t say no to a fresh batch of hot chips.”
How do you relax and unwind?
“I enjoy getting out and about with a round of golf. Golf is a big relaxer for me.”
What is your favourite meal?
“Homemade meat pie. You have to cut the top of the pie off, drench it in tomato sauce. Delicious!”
Don’t miss the Canberra Cavalry’s first home game of the 2018-19 season on 6-9 December, when they face three-time defending champions Brisbane Bandits at the redeveloped Narrabundah Ballpark.