The 2017-2018 baseball season is about to begin. One MLB player ready for this season? The Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta. After injuries last season, Peralta is ready and excited to take the field once again.
Here, he shares his thoughts on the upcoming season, his team—and what he loves about the Valley.
What do you love about baseball?
I love everything about baseball. For me, baseball is my life. I started playing when I was 3-years-old. I love the game. I like to have fun every time I go out there to play. This is my passion. Every time I step out onto the field, I play like it is my last game of my life. I really love everything about baseball.
How are you feeling about the upcoming season after your injury?
I’m really excited about it, because for me, it was kind of a tough year last year with my injuries and everything. The good thing right now is that my wrist is doing really good and I can’t wait to go out there and help my team to win games and do my 100 percent. [I want to] do my best and play really good for my team and my fans too, because it’s all about them.
What are you most excited about this season?
There are a lot of things. We have a new staff, new manager, new players. For everybody last year, it was kind of a tough season; we just learned from that and I think we’re strong this year. I think it’s going to be better. I can’t wait to see all my teammates go out there and perform the way that we know how to. I can’t wait to see that and see what’s going to happen. I know it’s going to be good!
What do you think your team’s strengths are this year?
Being together. You know, we’re a big family. I always tell the guys, “Hey, I spend more time with you guys than my family!” That’s why we’re a big family. We stay together and we care about each other as a family, like brothers. A lot of good things are going to happen.
Do you have any rituals that you do before a game?
Oh boy! I like to do my handshake with all my teammates. I do a specific stretch at the same time. And everything has to be, not perfect, but it has to be at the same time every day, going outside to the line to stretch ... do warm-ups, play catch and then come back and do my handshake with everybody. I have to do it every day and try to get everybody.
Three words that describe your thoughts on the upcoming season?
The first would be healthy—healthy because last year we went through a lot of hurt and everything. The second would be consistency. And then if you put those two together you’re going to get the third word, winning.
What do you love about the Valley?
What I like a lot is that there are a lot of restaurants. When I go out, there are a lot of places to go. [I like to] spend a lot of time with my wife at restaurants. I also like to go to Sedona when I get a chance. I really love Sedona. But, I like a lot of restaurants here. We have a lot of choices.
That leads me to my next question—what are your favorite restaurants in the Valley?
I like Breakfast Club; it’s pretty good. I like Snooze and Hanny in downtown.
Any favorite spots around town?
Movies. Definitely movies. I like iPic. Every time there are good movies out, I tell my wife we have to go.
What do you like to do during your downtime?
For me, I like to spend time with my family. We always travel a lot with the team and play a lot of games, so sometimes it’s tough to spend time with the family. When I have free time I love to spend time with my family, with my family here in town, my wife, and with friends, do a barbecue. And rest!
You spend a lot of time on the road. Any tips for traveling?
During the season when we go to different cities, I like to go out and walk around and see what’s going on. But most of the time I like to stay in my room! The only tip I can give is that if you go to some new place, walk around and see what’s going on and learn about it.