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Johnny Anderson Interview: The Baseball Comeback Kid… “Never Say Never”

Thursday January 26, 2012

MLB reports – Jonathan Hacohen:  Get ready for the complete baseball ride tonight, as we jump into the world of Johnny Anderson. The Blue Jays pitching prospect was born in Pleasanton, California (ever see the movie Pleasantville? Same idea.) The left-handed starting pitcher was drafted by the Jays back in 2008. Only 23 years-of-age, the sky should be the limit for Anderson. He has big dreams. Owning a collection of fancy rides. Getting acquainted with the women of Toronto. The Blue Jays prospect wants it all! But as is the case with many young pitchers, a road bump presented itself. Here is the video (beware, it is not for the faint of heart):

  

I will give you a hint. The surgery that followed has the intials T.J. in it and involves a certain famous doctor in Alabama. If you follow baseball closely, you know what I am talking about. Dr. James Andrews and Tommy John surgery. The good news in the case of Johnny Anderson is that he is feeling great and well on the road to recovery. Facing adversity has not slowed down Johnny Anderson. It has only made him stronger. Today we learn about the Jays prospect, from the draft to his experiences in professional baseball. You can call him John Anderson.  Or call him Johnny. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready to sigh. Get ready to cheer. Today on MLB reports, we present our interview with Blue Jays prospect, Johnny Anderson:

MLB reports:  Welcome to MLB reports! Our fave starting question: who was your favorite baseball player growing up, that you most idolized and patterned your game after?

Johnny Anderson:  Being a kid growing up in the greater California Bay Area, I always was within a stones throw from Candlestick and the Oakland Coliseum. Seeing the A’s “Big 3” was quite the treat. I modeled my pitching after Zito, which might be why I got hammered around when I was younger. There was also another soft-tossing lefty that some may remember; Noah Lowry (Editor’s Note: BIG Lowry fan. Nice call Johnny!) We pitched almost identically to each other, so it was always a treat to see him throw.

 

MLB reports:  Which current MLB star do you most admire and why?

Johnny Anderson:  With the Blue Jays graduating so many pitchers over the last couple years, it’s pretty cool to see guys I’ve played with over the years in the Show. With me being in and out of action the past couple years, I’ve been in the training room with a lot of pitchers that have been well established at the major league level. I’ve spent time around guys like Brandon Morrow, Shaun Marcum, Doc Halladay and others. It’s always fun to pick their brain and hear what they have to say.

 

MLB reports:  Reflecting on your career to-date, what are your proudest accomplishments on the baseball field?

Johnny Anderson:  Over all the years I’ve played, I’ve never won many awards or accolades. I’ve been the guy that’s always flown under the radar… and I’m completely content with that. I played 2 years at the Junior College level and without a doubt, they were the most memorable. We were so close to winning a State Championship, but one strike away each year. I was Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and I cherish that honor more than anything thus far.

 

MLB reports:  When you first found out you were drafted, what were your reactions?

Johnny Anderson:  I previously held a commitment with Oklahoma State University before the draft in 2008. I knew I had a shot at getting selected pretty high, but had no clue what was about to take place. I had an agent/advisor that helped me with the whole draft process so that I’d be prepared if the right deal was in place. The day before, I had close to 20 different teams call me asking me if I’d sign. I gave all of them my agent’s number and let him do the negotiations. If the price and opportunity was there, teams were supposed to know that I was more than willing to forego school and sign. Lo and behold, my agent asks for an outrageous number and I slide to the 28th round. The Jays called my name and I was ecstatic. I knew my life was about to change FOREVER!

 

MLB reports:  You have gone through a very difficult and long baseball road. Tell us about your journeys through your various surgeries…and what is Dr. Andrews really like?

Johnny Anderson:  When I was younger I wasn’t much of an athlete. I was the chubby kid that was just happy to be out there playing. I didn’t make any all-star teams or blow anyone away, I just had the love for the game. I’ve always had a pretty decent arm. I started pitching when I was 12. I played my first 3 years of high school ball and then didn’t even have the opportunity my Senior year. Yes, you read that right. I’m no MIchael Jordan. The next year I walked on to the local Junior College and I made the team. After two outstanding seasons, I  signed with the Blue Jays in 2008. Two years later, I show up for Spring Training ready to compete for a job at the Hi-A level. First game of spring, the unthinkable happens. I feel a pop, and I hit the ground. I knew it as soon as it happened. I was going to need Tommy John surgery and be out for the season. I thought to myself “Ok, I’ll get a brand spanking new elbow and I’ll be ready to rock and roll next year.”

I rehabbed for a year and I felt stronger than ever. My velocity was off the charts, and I felt like a completely different pitcher. The Jays sent me to Lansing last year and after a couple of games, I began to have the symptoms that it was going to happen again. Tenderness, loss of range of motion and unusual soreness. I worked hard to get back to a healthy state and then…it happened again. I was in complete shock. I fly out to Pensacola to see the famed Dr. James Andrews. He’s your typical Southern gentleman. He has a thick cajun accent and is definitely the best in the business. He sees my MRI results and looks dumbfounded. He tells me he’s hasn’t seen a tear of this magnitude in years. To quote him, he said “it was a 1 in one million” type of injury. Not only was my UCL replacement completely disintegrated, but I had torn my Flexor-Pronator tendon as well. It was going to be a long road ahead. As of now, I’m 7 months out of surgery and feeling stronger than ever. I’m feeling extremely confident about the upcoming season and ready to compete for a job.

 

MLB reports:  Tell us about your current offseason? How is the rehab going?

Johnny Anderson:  To state it frankly, I’m in the best shape of my life! (editor’s note: music to my ears. Always a great sign!) I’ve been throwing for close to 3 months pain-free. If all goes well I should be ready to join a squad before the All-Star break.

 

MLB reports:  Your 2011 season was very encouraging based on the numbers. It must give you great hope for the future.

Johnny Anderson:  I was pretty satisfied with how my season went, even considering how short-lived it was. I took the mound with a bulldog mentality and knew that I could blow the hitters away with my stuff. If I can keep the same mindset- the sky is the limit.

 

MLB reports:  What do you have in your bag of pitching tricks- what do you throw?

Johnny Anderson:  I guess you can say I’m the prototypical lefty. I throw both a 2 and 4-seam fastball and complement it with a straight change-up and 12-6 curveball. The renowned Mel Queen (RIP) taught me how to throw a cutter. The same one he taught Halladay when he had his early career woes. It’s a tough pitch to master, but I’ve been working on it over the years.

 

MLB reports:  Any plans on going the knuckleball route? A lefty knuckler would be sweet.

Johnny Anderson:  As a matter of fact, I think I have a pretty decent knuckle. The rule of thumb is that you only use a knuckleball if you don’t have a fastball. So, as long as I can hit 90 I’ll stick with the fastball. We’ll see what happens down the road…

 

MLB reports:  What facets of your game do you most wish to improve upon?

Johnny Anderson:  I always like to be challenged. I’d love to play at a higher level, as I only have one game of experience at Hi-A. I want to show everyone that I can compete with the big boys. I may not be a high-acclaim prospect, but if given the opportunity I know I can perform at any level.

 

MLB reports:  What do you do for fun when you are not playing baseball?  Best friend(s) on the team that you most hang out with and what do you guys like to do to chill?

Johnny Anderson:  During Spring Training me and Kevin Ahrens spend our off time confined in the team hotel playing Call of Duty. Yes, I’m quite the video game nerd. In the offseason, I enjoy working out and seeing concerts. There are tons of venues in the San Francisco area to see live shows. I love all sorts of music especially Electronic stuff. Not quite sure if this “dubstep” thing is a fad…for now I’ll listen.

 

MLB reports:  Have your visited Toronto the city yet?  Have you met Alex Anthopoulos?  How have you found the city and their GM thus far?

Johnny Anderson:  No! As a matter of fact I’ve never even left the States before. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Toronto and Canada. Especially the women (wink wink). I met AA in 2008 at our Instructional League. He knows more about the game than just about anyone I’ve ever met. Jays fans must be pretty excited about the future. This team is going up and up.

 

MLB reports:  What do you think of Toronto Blue Jays fans?

Johnny Anderson:  I’ve spoken to many through various social media outlets and I love them all. They are extremely passionate about their team and interact with all the players. What more could you ask for?

 

MLB reports:  If you hadn’t picked baseball- what would you be doing today?

Johnny Anderson:  Baseball will always be around me, I love this game more than anything. In the offseason, I teach pitching to younger kids with a couple of other minor league guys from the area. I could definitely see myself being a coach sometime in the future. Also, my father is a recently retired Police Officer. My Plan B is to finish my degree and follow in his footsteps.

 

MLB reports:  Dream car?

Johnny Anderson:  Anything fast and loud. I’ve driven a couple super cars in my time, and I can definitely say that I want one for myself. So if I ever make it to Toronto, you can count on me having a couple of Mercedes’ and American Muscle cars in my garage.

 

MLB reports:  If you could look into a crystal ball- where do you see yourself in five years?

Johnny Anderson:  Hopefully still lacing up the cleats! If my time has come, I can definitely see myself being a Police Officer and a High School pitching coach.

 

MLB reports:  Final thoughts?

Johnny Anderson:  I’d like to thank MLBreports.com giving me the opportunity to share my story and the Blue Jays for sticking with me, even after everything I’ve gone through. I love all of my fans (the few I have) and interacting with them. I’ve become quite the Twitteraholic as of late and I can be followed at @jma32. I enjoy interacting with everyone, so give me a follow!

***Thank you to Johnny Anderson for taking the time today to speak with us on MLB reports (and the pictures/video used in todays’ feature)!  Johnny LOVES Twitter- so follow him ASAP!!!  2012 is a big year for Johnny as he continues on his road to recovery. Best of luck Johnny: we’re proud of ya!***

 

Jonathan Hacohen is the Lead Baseball Columnist & Editor for MLB reports:  You can follow Jonathan on Twitter (@JHacohen)

 

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How Jon Daniels Turned the Rangers into a Perennial Playoff Contender

Thursday January 26th, 2012

Sam Evans: As hard as it is to rank GM’s in baseball, Texas General Manager Jon Daniels has to be considered one of the best in the game. Daniels hasn’t been perfect running the Rangers, but he’s been as close as you can get.  He has completely turned around the direction of the Rangers franchise and he’s due to receive much of the credit for the recent success of the franchise.

Jon Daniels got his start in baseball as an intern for the Rockies in 2001. In 2004, he was named the Rangers assistant GM. Then, in 2005, Jon Daniels became the youngest General Manager in baseball history. Right after Daniels took over, he made a gutsy trade: moving Alfonso Soriano, the Rangers best player to the Washington Nationals.

In 2005, it had been six years since the Rangers made the playoffs. Now, seven years later, the Rangers have made two straight World Series appearances. Not to mention they have had one of the best farm systems in baseball for the last four years. It seems like every time the Rangers graduate prospects to the majors, there are even more future stars waiting in the wings.

Jon Daniels doesn’t deserve all the credit. His scouting department is the best in the majors (in my opinion). I recently watched a show about Gray wolves. The Gray wolf has evolved over the years and it has learned that hunting with fellow wolves is easier than hunting alone. Jon Daniels and his scouts are very similar to these wolves. The Rangers employ one of the largest scouting department in the majors. So similar to the wolves, the Rangers believe in strength in numbers.

The Rangers have an extremely diverse 40-man roster. Not even in terms of nationalities, but in how the Rangers acquired each of the players. On the Rangers 40-man, 15 of their players were acquired via trade, 1 was acquired through the rule five draft, 7 were international free agents, only 4 were MLB free agents, and 1 was acquired from McDonald’s. Sorry, Mark Hamburger. I couldn’t help it. A large part of the Rangers success is because of the Jon Daniels and the ability of his scouts to recognize and acquire talent through all aspects of the game.

Most of Texas’s new talent is coming from overseas, Latin America in particular. Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, and Ronald Guzman were all signed at a young age by the Rangers scouts. The Rangers haven’t been afraid to hand out large bonuses to get these talented youngsters to sign. Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, for example, was signed to a record-setting 5-year, $15.5 million contract out of Cuba.

Texas recently signed Daniels through the 2015 season. So Rangers fans won’t have to worry about Daniels going anywhere. Thanks to Daniels and his staff, Texas will be a hard team to beat in 2012. They have depth at every position and more talented players close to the big leagues. At the rate the Rangers are producing talent, they’re not going anywhere. The Rangers are going to be a consistent playoff contender for a long time to come.

***Today’s feature was prepared by our Baseball Writer, Sam Evans.  We highly encourage you to leave your comments and feedback at the bottom of the page and share in the discussion with our readers.  You can also follow Sam on Twitter***

 

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The Maggie McCracken Interview: One on One with the Star of Baseball Wives

Thursday January 26, 2012

MLB reports – Jonathan Hacohen:  Today on MLB reports, we break new ground. First we started in Hollywood. I have enjoyed many opportunities to speak to actor Casey Bond, who portrays Chad Bradford in the hit movie Moneyball. Now we move from the baseball big screen to your television set, as I share my conversation with Maggie McCracken. The VH1 show “Baseball Wives” is a huge hit and I am excited to be speaking to one of its cast mates (our first, wink).  Maggie is married to former major league outfielder, Quinton McCracken. Quinton played 12 major league seasons for 6 different clubs. He was known for hitting for a solid average, his ability to get on base and of course, dynamite defense. Quinton is still very active in the game of baseball, as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks front office. According to Maggie, he also reads MLB reports on a daily basis. You know that means we love ya Q!

Today, I reveal my interview with Q’s better half. Maggie is an absolute bundle of energy. It has been uplifting to get to know Maggie and learn her baseball story. What we all see on television is one thing. But sometimes there is more to the story than meets the eye. While the Maggie McCracken we see on television is her…there are other sides of the Baseball Wives star that we wanted to reveal to our readers. Maggie’s family, including her precious little boy Isaiah. Maggie is a passionate mom. She founded the charity “Miracles Do Happen” and is very social conscience in making a difference. Did I mention that she is an avid boxer as well?  From marrying Quinton to joining the baseball reality television world and everything in between, this is the Maggie McCracken story. Where she came from and where she is going. Today we learn all!

Get ready for a great baseball story as we proudly present our interview with the one and only, Maggie McCracken:

MLB reports:  Maggie- it is a pleasure to be speaking with you and thank you for joining us today on MLB reports.  Let me start off with our favorite topic: Baseball. What does the sport mean to you?  

Maggie McCracken:  Thank you for having me, I am honored. Quinton and I have been together for 11 years and Baseball has been a part of our life for our entire relationship.  That being said, my feelings for the sport have changed over time.  In the beginning it was fairly new to me. It was exciting to watch the games from a different view.  Over time, your world starts to revolve around every game and then the game is over. Q has changed gears and is now in the front office. So now I see the other side of the sport which is tough.  It’s hard to see the stress and agony in Q’s face when he has to make those hard decisions, when a guy doesn’t make the team it affects his entire world. That’s hard.  So it has been a roller coaster. But Baseball has been good to Q and our Family and there’s a bond in Baseball that can never be broken.

 

MLB reports:  Prior to entering the world of reality television, tell us about the life of Maggie McCracken.  Mother, wife- what was life like before Baseball Wives?  

Maggie McCracken:  My life was already very busy. We have a two-year old son, Isaiah, who was born at just 23.6 weeks. Isaiah is the youngest baby born in Scottsdale to survive.  Viability is 24 weeks, so my life before the show consisted of being Isaiah’s Mommy and trying to find ways to pay it forward.  I became an Advocate and an Ambassador for The March of Dimes.  In those roles, I help bring awareness and education to the community and mentor families going through the same thing our family went through. During my work with the March of Dimes, I founded our Charity, Miracles Do Happen. Our largest event, which is held every year in April, is a silent auction and raffle; all proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. As you can see, before the show, I was still very busy conquering the world with Isaiah and taking care of our family!

 

MLB reports:  How did you meet Quinton? What was the wedding like and how would you describe Quinton McCracken the husband?

Maggie McCracken:  A mutual friend introduced us and at first Q told me he was a shoes sales man (LOL), so I thought well if it doesn’t work out, I could always get a discount on shoes. What woman wouldn’t want that? He eventually told me the truth and I believe I said “so no free shoes?” Q is exactly who you see on TV and on the field!  He is loving, passionate, caring and a lot of fun. He is also very quiet and methodical, he thinks everything out.  He loves deeply and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. Our wedding was at Duke University (Which is where Q went to school). It was beautiful; it was fun and full of love. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing!

 

MLB reports:  You just mentioned that Quinton is now working with the Diamondbacks front office. How has life changed for the both of you since his career switch?

Maggie McCracken:  Yes! Q is back with the Dbacks in the front office and he loves it! It is something I knew he would enjoy and be great at. He knows so much about his craft and he is also very compassionate. It can be hard at times; we went from having him home every day for almost two years to him now being so busy that we don’t see him very much. But he is happy and we are a team- so you just make it work.

 

MLB reports:  Did you ever have any doubts or reservations about becoming a Baseball Wife?  What were your expectations when you became a Baseball Wife?

Maggie McCracken:  I had reservations about marrying an athlete period.  I heard all the same stories everyone else has heard: the groupies, the traveling, the ego’s…etc.  But I married Q the man- not the baseball player and it was the best thing I could have ever done.

 

MLB reports:  What did you study growing up? What was your career vision as youngster?

Maggie McCracken:  I studied Early Childhood Education. I love kids of all ages, there’s an honesty about them that you rarely see from adults anymore.  They are our future and I love being a part of teaching them about the world and watching them soar. When I was younger I wanted be a doctor, but holy cow- that’s a lot of school! If I am being honest, I went to school to be with my friends so eight years of school seemed like way too much (giggle).

 

MLB reports:  How did you first find out about Baseball Wives:  Did VH1 approach you or did you approach them?  

Maggie McCracken:  Tanya Grace (who is on the show) asked if I was interested. I said why not, I will shoot one scene and see what it is all about. I did a shoot for a lunch scene with Tanya, Erika Williams and Brooke Villone. After that shoot, the producers asked me to shoot again so I did. When they asked for a third time, I said “we need to talk about a contract”, as I have learned from Q’s career. I felt it was a reasonable request seeing that I was putting my life out there and all. At first I was told to just “hang in there” and sooner or later they would offer me a contract. I stood my ground and said I wouldn’t continue without one. All of a sudden “poof”: on my fax machine was a contract!  I had a trip planned to go to Miami with one of my best friends. I decided I would take that time to really think about what this all would mean.

 

MLB reports:  Was it a difficult decision to decide to do the show?  What were your husband’s thoughts on the subject?  

Maggie McCracken:  The decision to do the show was extremely difficult; if I only had myself to think about ,I am positive it would have been an easier one.  But I have my family to think about and any decision I make from here on out affects them as well.  I remember thinking if I decide to do the show, the world gets to see our ups and downs, our highs and lows. Above all, by making the decision to be on TV I am now a role model, like it or not. The only decision I had left was what type of role model I wanted to be.  That decision was simple!  I promised my family, friends and myself that I would continue to stand up for what I believed to be right, to only be involved in “fights” that involved conversation and not the stereotypical fights you see on Reality TV (such as hair pulling and putting your hands on another woman).  I wanted other women and young girls who watch these shows to see that courage is being able to speak up for others even when you may be the only person doing so, to be secure and confident in what you have to say –  to see that what you have to say matters and it should be heard.  I wanted women to see that there actually are women on Reality TV who don’t feel it necessary to call another woman out just to get a point across and who are secure in themselves to help build other women up and help them succeed. As long as I stayed true to myself and what I believed, Quinton was by my side the entire way.

 

MLB reports:  How well did you know any of your cast mates before the show?  

Maggie McCracken:  I was very good friends with Tanya Grace and Erika Williams before the show. I really wish they would have shown more of those friendships. Tanya and Erika are very involved in my charity work. Erika emceed last year’s Miracles Do Happen event. We shot some great scenes that focused on our friendships and life’s hardships, but unfortunately the viewers didn’t get to see that.  I knew Brooke from when we were with the Mariners, but I got to know more of her during the show.  The rest of the women I met during filming.  

 

MLB reports:  Who are your friends/enemies from the show?  Do you really like/dislike each other?  

Maggie McCracken:  I have to say this question/s is the number one question asked (LOL)!  I hold the word “friend” close to my heart. I work hard to be the GREATEST FRIEND I can be to those extraordinary people in my life that I do call a “friend”. I don’t have enemies.  If I think of you as an enemy, that would mean I would actually let you affect my life and life is just too short.  That being said, I took something away from each of these Ladies that I can honestly say made me a better person.  Erika has this unspoken grace and sophistication about her, Tanya has an unconditional love for others, Anna has a way to get you to laugh at life when you have the worst of days, Brooke helped me realize that I could sometimes listen more and talk less (chuckle), Jordana takes the time to stop and appreciate life and what it has to offer, Cheri has a huge giving heart and Chantel has an unbreakable courage about her.  Yes, we actually do talk, text and hang when the cameras are off!

 

MLB reports:  Knowing what you know now- would you still have decided to appear on Baseball Wives?   

Maggie McCracken:  Without question I would do the show all over again, because I stayed true to who I am.

                                                                                        

MLB reports:  How do you feel that you are portrayed on the show?  Are you the same Maggie off-screen?  

Maggie McCracken:  I was portrayed on the show exactly how I am in real life!  I was portrayed that way because I NEVER said anything just for the show and I NEVER did anything just for the show.  Some may say I should have been more dramatic or done this or said that and I would have gotten more air time. I have never blamed others for what may have gone right or wrong in my life, or for not going the way I wanted it to go.  I take responsibility for who I am, what I say and how I treat others.  Who you watched on TV is who you will meet in real life!

 

MLB reports:  How have you found reactions generally to the show?  From the public and media perspectives.  

Maggie McCracken:  The reactions vary from episode to episode.  If the episode is Brooke and I not getting a long for five minutes then the next thing you know I am getting tons of tweets from Brooke’s fans attacking me for something I said… and vice versa I am sure.  Overall, it seems like the public enjoys a fresh new show that doesn’t show women physically attacking each other, although there is some verbal attacking going on, I guess that is unfortunately the nature of reality TV.  I do have to say I enjoy the feedback from fans, the good, the bad and the ugly (grin).

 

MLB reports:  How has your life changed since the premiere of Baseball Wives?

Maggie McCracken:  I feel like the timing of the show couldn’t have been better.  At this time in my life I am surrounded by such wonderful, supportive people who I am so honored to call my family and friends. What makes this crazy ride so much fun is being able to share it with all of them!  It has opened doors for our charity (Miracles do Happen) and given us a bigger platform to speak from.  I am so grateful for that!

 

MLB reports:  What do you do for fun in your spare time?  

Maggie McCracken:  I enjoy spending my spare time with Isaiah, we play, we laugh, we dance, and this little boy has moves, let me tell you!  I love being at home, I love cooking for my family and trying out new dishes on my lovies (my best girlfriends). Lately the McCracken Casa has been the hangout for us girls, we cook and drink wine. We have girl talk and solve the world problems, or just each other’s (big smile).  I enjoy being a part of different causes like the Multiple Sclerosis Society. One of my best friends has MS and we walk every year and help her raise money for the cause. I am also involved in MASK (Mothers Awareness of School Aged Kids). Isaiah is in school now so when he is there and it’s just me, I go and see my trainer Rico Hoye at his gym in Scottsdale and hit the bags (BOXING)!  Boxing is my passion, I love learning the craft, I love watching it on TV and it’s where I can let it all out!

 

MLB reports:  What is the future for Maggie McCracken- where do you see your life heading?  Will we see another reality show, movies, television, book….?  

Maggie McCracken:  I am open to the possibilities. We have one shot at this thing we call life and I am blessed to be here and blessed to be where I am.  For that I will make the most of it and do my very best. So bring IT!

 

MLB reports:  What does it take at the end of the day to be a successful “Baseball Wife”?  With so many demands on your time, how do you juggle everything?  

Maggie McCracken:  Well, first and foremost, I have to be a successful me before I can be a good wife, mother or friend.  I try to always keep my priorities in line, to me that is very important.  Yes, I enjoy hanging out and having fun. I enjoy traveling and I also enjoy just being at home.  But certain things come first in my life and if those things are not taken care of me first, then I feel unbalanced and I don’t feel good about myself.  It frustrates me to hear people always complain about the troubles in their life and all they have to really do is look at themselves and prioritize.

 

MLB reports:  What advice would you give to a young lady dating a baseball player and aspiring to be a Baseball Wife?  

Maggie McCracken:  Most importantly, I would say NEVER ASPIRE TO BE A BASEBALL WIFE or any title wife for that matter!  It’s so easy to lose yourself in a relationship, to lose who you are, what you want, where you’re going etc.  That comes with any relationship.  More so in one that requires the other to travel a lot. I lost myself for a short period while Q and I were dating.  I always wanted to be whereever he was;  it was fun and exciting and I was young and in love.  When this happens, life has a funny or harsh way of reminding you that you’re an individual.  Maintain your own goals and dreams, believe in them and in yourself.  The rest will happen.

 

MLB reports:  Tell us about your charity and son Isaiah.  We would love to hear about his story.  

Maggie McCracken:  Isaiah was born at just 23.6 weeks viability is 24 weeks. At just 1.7 lbs and less than a 10% chance of surviving he did and he is thriving. He is a miracle and he is my Hero.  I adore him and I worship the ground he walks on.  He inspired me to create our Charity (Miracles Do Happen), benefiting the March of Dimes AZ Chapter.  Each year we have an event that is open to the public. We hold a silent auction, raffle items from boutiques, restaurants, local businesses, etc. There is great food, drinks and entertainment.  Local celebrities come out to support and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year. This year it will be on Saturday April 7th at The Rock Bar in Old Town Scottsdale.

 

MLB reports:  Any final words to all the Maggie McCracken fans?

Maggie McCracken:  Thank you!!!!  Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive and who continue to support me, my family, my friends, and our causes.  Thank you for being a part of my life my journey and Miracles Do Happen. Thank you for joining me in making a difference.  If you see me out and about- please say hello. Give me ideas and feel free to express your opinions. I love hearing from you!  Most of all, be you and stay true!

Maggie

*** It has been a pleasure getting to know Maggie McCracken and we thank Maggie for her time and effort as part of being interviewed for this feature.  You can follow Maggie on Twitter (@MagMcCracken) and tell her MLB reports sent you…she could follow you back! Also you can “like” her fanpage on Facebook.  Maggie is a wonderful person and we simply can’t get enough of her! We look forward to Maggie returning to MLB reports in a recurring role….  Stay tuned!***

 

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