Monday, January 31, 2011

A word from the Mister ...

Jb was featured in an online magazine:
Enjoy reading things from his perspective! {  PS: i added the pictures (:  }



Who’s who in PBI: Sit down interview with JB Tucker

BY Mark Cardillo

PBI: What is your baseball
background in America?

JB: I went to Mississippi State
University right after High
School. After two seasons there,
I transferred to Wake
Forest. After a successful senior
season, I was signed by the
Seattle Mariners. I played for the
Mariners from 2005 to 2007
reaching the Hi A California
League. After getting released, I
signed with an Independent
league team. Not having much
knowledge of Independent
Leagues, I ended up on a "road"
team, which I later found out
was a team that played on the
road the whole season. That was
very interesting. After that
season I was traded to a new
team in Grand Prairie Texas
where I played for two
seasons. After being an All Star
for two seasons in that league
and not getting signed, I figured
it was time to change paths, and
I signed with a team in
Switzerland.

PBI: What is your baseball
background internationally?

JB: My wife and I really enjoy
traveling, and we decided that
Switzerland was our best option
internationally. I played last
season in Switzerland and
enjoyed every minute of it. Yes,
there is A LOT to adjust to. But,
I went into it with an open mind,
and had a great
experience. After playing
Europe for a season, I signed down in

Panama. This is the first year
that they are having a
professional league, and it is
very competitive. Next season,
I’m going back to Switzerland
because it was such a great
experience.

PBI: What has the overall
experience been like?

JB: The overall experience has
been unbelievable. I would not
trade it for anything in the
world. My wife and I have been
able to do things that most
people would take a lifetime to
do. Not only has the baseball
been great, but the friends we
have made and the things we
have done and seen are
incredible.

PBI: What is the baseball like
overseas?

JB: Baseball overseas is quite
different. In Switzerland, the
guys on the team play for the
passion of baseball. It is similar
to college baseball where guys
live and die for each at bat. It
was revitalizing to see such
passion for baseball again. Also,
off the field, the baseball team is
like a family. They really looked
after my wife and me, to make
sure everything was perfect and
that our experience was
everything we had hoped it
would be.

Panama is completely
different. Baseball is the national
sport here. Most of the games
are nationally televised and
there are huge baseball
stadiums. Each team represents a
region, and that region really
supports their team. The
baseball down here is very good
though.

PBI: What other countries are
you interested in playing in?

JB: I would really love to play in
Italy, Spain, or the
Netherlands. While traveling
around Europe last year with my
wife, these are a few of the
countries, outside of
Switzerland, that we really
loved. Plus, the baseball level,
by European standards, is higher
in these countries.

PBI: Do you have foreign
citizenship? If so how did
you get it?

JB: No, but if I had an
opportunity to I would. With
roster limitations set on
foreigners it makes it tough on
pure Americans.

PBI: What is your favorite
thing about playing overseas
most people don't know
about?

JB: My favorite thing is being
able to see the different
cultures first hand. In
Switzerland we had the true
fondue for dinner and the
best chocolates for dessert. I
had a Frenchman show me
all of the best wines and
cheeses from his region, then
swam off of the Almafi coast
on my 2 week holiday. I met
a former president of
Panama, at his request, to
tell me that he would rather
watch his team, los
Santos, than any other major
league team. All of this
because I took advantage of
playing baseball.

21 comments:

  1. Wow! Fantastic to hear your husband's words. JB must be reeeeeeeeeeeally good! I went to a Mariner's game once! :) I am so excited for you to go back to Switz, it must be gorgeous in the summer.

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  2. that's so awesome! i'm new to your blog, but I had no idea you lived in Switzerland! I'm going there in August! I'd love for you to let me know what you think of the country and any places I should check out while i'm there.... :)

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  3. It really is fantastic that his job can bring you to so many different places and great experiences. And it's something he loves to do.

    That poster is awesome :)

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  4. How exciting! Congrats on the feature! These will be great mementos to keep for the future!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  5. How exciting! Congrats on the feature! These will be great mementos to keep for the future!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  6. This is so adorable!! I love that he spoke about the passion of the game! It seems like so many people play here just for money! It's nice to know that there are people who still just love the game!

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  7. sooooo cute. could he have said 'my wife' possibly any more? he obviously adores you!! and baseball is fun (to watch) :)

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  8. Oh, and I was looking through your blog on the travels page and I saw that y'all have been to Shreveport, LA!! That's where I live! Did y'all come to play the Captains??

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  9. I really enjoyed reading this! Working for a baseball team I really only get to see the business side, I don't get to see how it is for the players... JB sounds like he is really enjoying the sport & has a passion for it. It's refreshing to hear that because the pro athletes I come across these days really seem to have lost the love for the game.

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  10. It's even difficult for baseball players to get citizenship! Awesome article, very well spoken. Congrats JB!

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  11. Wow I love this!! My family are baseball fanatics. My grandpa played in the MLB as the first catcher for the New York Mets when they first became a team. Then he was traded to the SF Giants, and moved the whole family out to the Bay Area. My brother plays baseball in high school and is hoping to get a scholarship! I will mention to him about baseball overseas. Congrats on the article to your hubby!! (:
    xo

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  12. LOVED This! Gave me even more of a glimpse into what your life has been like. SO fascinating!

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  13. this is awesome sarah! i love all the "tucker" gear all the fans are sporting - so cute!

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  14. oh my gosh i'm tearing up! :) I love that jbster and i loved hearing him call you his wife! DARLING! :) :)

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  15. My favorite part is the picture of the little girl with his picture on her shirt! Adorable! What a wild ride you both have already been on!

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  16. It was nice to get a glimpse into your husband's world a bit and with his words. Very cool!

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  17. Awww!! This is so cool Sarah!!! <3

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  18. How cute! And i must say the girl with the picture on her shirt is the cutest thing ever!!

    xoxo
    Petchie

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  19. You might… No you have, no doubt about it, the coolest life EVER!

    I'm moving to Germany in March for a year to become an Au Pair for a family and I was so disappointed to know that I would be missing out on baseball season here in the states. Good to know I will be able to get a dose of it while I’m in Europe. I will have to make my way over to Switzerland to get my dose of it though!

    New to your blog and I just love everything about your style! :) Such a class act!

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