Timeout with ... Max Bennett, Edmonds-Woodway baseball
A: It's awesome. It hasn't been sunny for a while. It feels nice.
Q: Are you sick of the rain yet?
A: Yeah. All last week we had a bunch of games rained out and we had to play them all right in a row and it was kind of tough.
Q: How has it affected your baseball season so far?
A: A lot of rainouts. We got a lot of pitchers pitching every day.
Q: Are you from Western Washington?
A: I've lived in Edmonds my whole life.
Q: So you're a veteran by now. You're used to the rain?
Q: Aside from the weather, how's life treating you?
A: Good. Playing baseball every day. Doing music every day. School's fun. We just had our spring break so it was a nice little week off and we got to coach some little kids out here for a couple days – coach some nine-year olds – so it was pretty fun.
Q: Did you get to go anywhere cool for spring break or was it pretty much just baseball?
A: Baseball 24/7.
Q: How's the season going for you guys?
A: Pretty good. I think we're 6-2. Doing well. Got the Budnick bros (brothers Patrick and Ryan Budnick) at the top of the lineup, they're pretty good.
Q: What are your goals for the year?
A: For me, personally, numbers aren't supposed to count but I'd like to bat around .300. Help the team as much as possible.
Q: Everyone says, "Numbers don't matter" but they really do don't they?
Q: Everything at school going OK?
A: Yeah it's the grind. I'm a junior.
Q: How is junior year? It's been a long time since I've been there.
A: It's fine. The IB (International Baccalaureate) program at the school is kind of tough. I'm in partial IB, so balancing that with baseball and stuff, it's a challenge. But, I can do it.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of baseball?
A: Well I play music. I play saxophone for the band at the school.
Q: How'd you start playing the saxophone?
A: My dad listened to a lot of jazz music on the radio in the garage and stuff and I just listened to it too and picked it up in seventh grade and liked it.
Q: Think you'll keep doing that most of your life? Stick with it for a while?
A: Yeah it's a lifelong hobby. I'll probably do it in college, and forever.
Q: Are you thinking of starting a band?
A: I have a band right now.
Q: Really? What's your band's name?
A: Avenue B. I don't really know where it came from.
Q: What kind of music do you guys play? Jazz?
A: Just jazz and jazz fusion. Just some standard stuff.
Q: Do you have a favorite professional baseball team?
A: I don't want to be a bandwagon jumper but I've always liked the San Francisco Giants. They won it (the World Series) last year. (Giants won the World Series in 2010) I like (former University of Washington pitcher Tim) Lincecum he's a hometown guy and some of the other players.
Q: How do you think they'll do this year?
A: I think they'll be all right. They signed (Matt) Cain to a long-term deal and he's a good pitcher too.
Q: Did you watch the Seattle Mariners' season-opening game in Japan?
A: No. I slept in.
Q: So what's next for Max Bennett?
A: Uh…Just going to college. I think I'm looking toward Shoreline Community College for two years and then try to switch over to another university. Do that. Play saxophone. You know what? I don't really know what profession yet. I like teaching and maybe going into that, maybe coaching or something. That'd be fun.
Q: Finally, what's the best way to spend a rare sunny day in Washington?
A: Just hanging out with your buddies. If it's on the baseball field or at home or whatever. Just hanging out with your buddies.
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