Faces Off the Field: Grant Prussel, senior shortstop, Vandegrift

What’s your favorite baseball memory at Vandegrift?

Making the playoffs for the first time. I’ll never forget my first home run, but nothing can top the joy of making history for your school.

What’s the toughest challenge for you as a baseball player?

Staying mentally focused. Whether I am happy or frustrated, I try and keep the same composure throughout each inning to give myself the mental edge on opponents.

Has baseball taught you any lessons you apply to daily life?

In baseball, you fail more times than you succeed. That correlates to real life and helps me push myself to greatness every day.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Tim Tebow, Lonzo Ball, (“The Wolf of Wall Street” author) Jordan Belfort and Donald Trump.

Why Lonzo Ball?

I’ve always aspired to be a great basketball player, but the strings did not attach quite right. I love the way Lonzo plays the game and I also love his mentality. When he is out on that court, everyone knows who he is and what he can do. He is simply a dog against puppies.

What do you consider to be the biggest news event of your lifetime?

In 2011, a man walked into Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, Calif., my hometown, and confronted his ex-wife who was a stylist. He proceeded to shoot her, as well as some of her co-workers, clients and other innocent people. In the end eight people were killed, including a mom of my sister’s friend and one of my mom’s high school friends. I will never forget the sadness it brought to our small community and the fear we all felt as kids realizing nowhere was safe, even a quaint beach town hair salon in what was always a safe city.

What are your college plans?

I will play baseball and continue my education at Houston Baptist University.

What do you consider to be the world’s greatest invention?

The airplane. The iPhone is close behind, but planes have given our world the chance to create opportunities.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

My main ritual this year is drawing a smiley face in the dirt before each at-bat to remind myself to clear my head.

What’s been your best vacation?

It was when my mom and I went on a two-week vacation to visit my dad in Austin when he was commuting from California before my freshman year. I enjoyed it so much we decided to move here. I miss some things about Southern California, but my high school experience in Texas has been amazing.

If you could play at any baseball stadium in the country, which one would it be?

AT&T Park in San Francisco. I grew up watching two of my dad’s childhood friends and high school teammates (pitcher Rob Nenn and first baseman J.T. Snow) who both played for and had long careers with the Giants. I was blessed enough to have some preferential treatment around the stadium, going into the clubhouse and locker room at a young age.

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