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Diamond Dialogue: Jefferson Middle School's Madison Wolford

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Jefferson Middle School eighth grader Madison Wolford sits with TinCaps outfielder Mallex Smith on April 28 as part of her participation in the Newspapers in Education program.

In the first of our Diamond Dialogue series, we feature Jefferson Middle School eighth-grader Madison Wolford, who participated in The Journal Gazette's Newspapers in Education program during the TinCaps' April 28 game.

The clouds hung over the stadium as the rain danced on the heads of the die-hard fans. It was not the kind of weather ideal for a baseball game, but that never stopped the TinCaps. Even before the game, the weather never discouraged the players, and they all seemed thrilled to get out on the field. Especially Mallex Smith, player number three. As I interviewed him before the game, he seemed to be the little brother of the team. He described his love for bothering the players as I asked him, "What are your pre-game rituals?" Then again when I asked him, "What do you do during rain delays?" However, under the playful personality, Mallex shared that he wants to make it big in the baseball world. He's off to a good start I would say, being on the team at only nineteen years old.

  • Interviewer: "Where did you grow up?"
  • Mallex :" Tallahassee, Florida."
  • Interviewer: "How do you like Fort Wayne?"
  • Mallex: "It's cool. I think I'll like it more once it warms up."
  • Interviewer: "Where is your favorite place to play baseball?"
  • Mallex: "In Florida in May or April."
  • Interviewer: "As a child, did you have a favorite Major League team?"
  • Mallex: "The Yankees."
  • Interviewer: "Did you play baseball in college, and if so, where?"
  • Mallex: "I played one year in Florida."
  • Interviewer: "If you weren't a baseball player, what would you like to be?"
  • Mallex: " A football player."
  • Interviewer: "What are your hobbies?"
  • Mallex: "Call of Duty, videogames."
  • Interviewer: "What is your least favorite part about traveling on road trips?"
  • Mallex: "Sitting with guys that are like twice your size, and not being able to touch your feet."
When asked if he'd ever been seriously injured, Mallex replied with a grin, "What counts as seriously injured? Because, one time I broke my finger, but my coach told me it wasn't a big deal, so I went back and played the rest of the game." Mallex remained comfortable throughout the whole interview, even with everyone staring. He seemed motivated and ready to start his career, and he advises young players to have fun.

Under the rain clouds, with the small crowd, it didn't matter. The TinCaps pulled a win for Fort Wayne. Congrats TinCaps!