Mike Yastrzemski shared a closet with Sonny Gray at Vanderbilt | The Chris Rose Rotation | Ep 54

Mike Yastrzemski shared a closet with Sonny Gray at Vanderbilt | The Chris Rose Rotation | Ep 54

hey everyone and welcome to episode number 54 of the chris rose rotation a production of john boy media uh once again no co-host this week and i appreciate everybody’s patience with the schedule as you can see i’m not at the rose abode i’m in las vegas we’re shooting another season of battlebots season six so i don’t have a lot of off days and they can’t exactly coincide with the availability of our co-hosts so i’m going to continue right now a one-on-one discussion with a particular guest and today it’s mikey stremski of the san francisco giants obviously in baseball lore you know the last name you stremski but mike’s story is so much different than that of his triple crown winning and hall of fame grandfather carl because it took him a while to get through the orioles system he had to leave baltimore to finally get his shot at basically age 30 with the san francisco giants and he has certainly made the most of it he’s a guy that’s super smart worked his way through vanderbilt he’s super intelligent he’s very appreciative and uh he’s got a lot of great stories to tell so let’s get to it with mike ostremski of the san francisco giants mikey streamski the san francisco giants good enough to join us now you guys are are in new york right now so do you actually travel with barry bonds old recliner is that what that is that you’re sitting in uh it might be i don’t know if that’s the case i’m very glad to be sitting in it i mean you guys have the most pro pr department if that’s the chair you travel with do we take that thing on the road i mean that’s an impressive setup on the road uh yeah you know this is uh you’re in new york so you got to show out you know okay i got it see i’m in vegas right now i’m shooting a show called battlebots which i’m sure you’ve never heard of before it’s a big robot competition so i’m here for two weeks bed is not made not pro i do have my san francisco giants cap over my shoulder to make you feel comfortable that it that’s pro yeah now are you are you a vegas guy or no i i’ve been once i’m looking to go back i’d love to golf out there that would be you know that’s what i want to go back for for sure okay is the wife on board with going to vegas jay or nay yes she is very cool okay hey are you both east coasters uh technically yeah so she was born in connecticut and then they kind of moved around a little bit when she was young but most of her time has been in nashville okay she an athlete yes very good athlete she played lacrosse at vandy so that’s actually how we met okay now that now now we’re going a different direction is she was she a better lacrosse player than you are a baseball player i would say yes she would also say yes okay was she a badass out there was she knocking people a hundred percent so one of the teams that she played on i think they were two and 12 and she played defense and they lost 12 games and she was still first team all defense in in their conference which is hard to do it’s like it’s like winning a gold glove while making 100 errors you know that’s amazing yeah crazy stuff uh so when you started like first started dating there and you start showing up to the lacrosse games and stuff like does this get you big time points how’s that work i think it does because i only made it to like two or three just because our schedules were always kind of you know in the same season so that was tough but when i did make it i think it lasted at least a couple weeks of points you know so that was those were big you know with vandy baseball it’s become so big over the last 10 to 15 years in particular you guys can’t take like the the rock and jock classes can you you got to be like legit students don’t you yeah that’s probably the hardest thing about being there is like you are an actual part of the student body there’s no you know you’re an athlete you just can cruise along you know there’s a certain standard that has to be upheld there and corp states that right when you get there that was honestly like one of the biggest things that made me go back from my senior years he tells us that you know you can take your your graduation certificate to the grave like that is something that will never leave you you’ll always be a vanity graduate and that kind of drew me back you know that was something that i wasn’t going to be able to have the opportunity to do or to get back and so you know that type of culture and atmosphere just creates a heightened awareness of everything and a bigger commitment to everything and that kind of helps you grow up as a human and you know especially once you leave the college atmosphere you start to fit into to the real world a little better so what’d you get your degree in i actually made my own major so i wanted to tell are you sure you didn’t go to vandy online school that’s that sounds like some crazy so it’s called interdisciplinary studies it’s actually a really cool process because it’s a liberal arts school and so you can go through the course catalog and you pull 15 courses i think is what it is and you write an essay to the dean and say here’s what i want to study why i want to study it and why i think it’ll help me out and so i wanted to be in um like criminology i was into like the fbi cia that type of stuff and we would have class checkers so we couldn’t miss class so i told myself i was like i can’t sign up for these classes that i’m not interested in because i it’ll be really hard for me to show up and then i’ll get in trouble and i don’t want to be that guy and so i i didn’t have criminology so i kind of mock made criminology is called crime in society so it was a combination of sociology psychology um they did have a few like crime classes they had like a prison life class which was really cool that was probably one of my favorite classes that i ever took um so yeah it was they worked out did you have to spend a night in prison no but we got to visit some and it was pretty crazy you’re like i’m not even jaywalking from here on out i’m out i’m a rule follower from here on out good all right so i’m a big crime show guy are you a long order guy uh yeah i like law and order kind of fell off law and order um i went through all the crime shows at one point but criminal minds yep big criminal minds man now that’s the scary one because you know like those are taken from the real stories yeah right those are the ones that you watch during daylight uh-huh yeah i’m not i’m not watching those in bed alone at night yeah well i’ll tell you this when silence on the lambs came out and i’m 100 years older than you are but it came out when i was in college i watched it in the middle of the afternoon in my dorm room and i was still scared shitless yeah that that makes sense that was like when i watched like the ring you know you ever watched the ring no is that one it was you know it was back in the day but i was probably in middle school when i watched it and girls crawling out of this like haunted girls crawling out of the tv and i like couldn’t watch tv for like a month i was just terrified you’re checking out i’m done yeah all right so you mentioned bandy and there’s so many guys that played for the commodores that are in the show when you take one like sunny gray deep how long are you allowed to admit over him um i had a lot of practice over quarantine so that you know some may weigh it differently but that’s something that i have for life i think um you know the funny thing is though is like sonny was kind of happy about it like he like kind of smiled and was like he told me he was happy i hit a homer off him and i didn’t really understand that but he i think it was genuine i think it was really genuine the fact that he got pure like joy out of that because we were roommates he knows my life story you know he knows everything about me and he knows how hard it was for me to get here and he was like genuinely excited for me no matter who i’m facing you know like that’s kind of the relationship that that you build and we were roommates and spent a ton of time together and have a lot of similar paths and so um you know i i probably hold that more personally than he does but um it was that was one of my favorite homers that i’ve ever hit for sure that’s cool i love hearing that um what was the best thing about being sonny gray’s roommate hmm can he cook is he clean no is he a fun gamer does he help you with your homework fun he is very fun like he was i’m a very low-key guy and he has so much energy and he brought that out of me you know so i was able to become better with people skills and be more social and um just really learn to enjoy life more than i probably was at the time what’s the worst part about being a sunny gray’s roommate he’s all over the place like we would we would be like we’d be we’d be walking somewhere for dinner and we’d be halfway there and he would change his mind and we’d have to walk like three times the distance to go somewhere else and then we’d stop halfway there and go like he would he couldn’t make up his mind so like any sort of food like clothes like we would share closets so there were three of us our other roommate was riley reynolds and we had one closet that we just put all of our clothes in and it was just like this free for all and so you’d leave with like half of your stuff and half of somebody else’s stuff and because we’re all the same size and so it was those were the fun things that we got to experience and sonny was like the leader of that he’s like yeah just throw it in here we’re good like don’t worry about it we’re fine i’m like okay here we go i guarantee you you still have one of sonny gray’s shirts somewhere in the wardrobe 100 yeah um obviously we know about the last name when you were growing up in the northeast and you played because i had read you played either some all-star games or some big stuff at fenway you’re playing in the outfield for the first time could you embrace how big it was no i i didn’t have like a a great grasp of it um i think i’ve told this story maybe a few times but i never really grasped the longevity of my grandfather’s career until i was done with college i was 23 and he played 23 years for the same team so to like envision my entire life span that he showed up to fenway park every single day that’s when it kind of hit me i was like man that is so ridiculous and it’s never going to happen again like i’m convinced that will never happen again that somebody plays that long for one team i think jeter’s probably the last person that will see that goes on a 20-year span with with a single club you know i got to tell you this i i don’t know if you were even what year were you born 90 19 right before that my senior year in high school i interned at a radio station in cleveland ohio we used to get guests to come in and they were pitching books or whatever in walks your grandfather and this is the first time i have a huge baseball fan first chance i have to meet a superstar he walks in and he was the nicest guy and i’m kicking myself because i’ve looked all over the house and i cannot find the picture but he had a he had a book that had come out and he was just so nice to everyone and i was like this is this is incredible and then you know that’s great to hear yeah it was phenomenal and then i can’t imagine for you like when you guys catch first pitches at home it’s kind of weird you know nobody wants to do it they always get the guy at the back like sometimes the bullpen catcher goes out and i get all that for you to have caught a first pitch on the road in the area where you grew up from your grandfather is such a remarkable memory for you it had to be that was i honestly like i was really hesitant to do it because it felt so strange right like being an opposing player on the road catching the first pitch and i was like i’ll do it but only if my grandfather wants to you know like i’m not gonna be the one to force this into you know i don’t want this to be my fault that he has to go out in front of everybody and throw a first pitch you know and so he said he wanted to do it and i was like all right that’s that’s fine with me but i has that ever happened before like i i don’t know i don’t i don’t know if that’s a that’s like a once in a potentially era thing you know like i don’t know if that’ll ever happen again that was so cool what do you say to you when you walked up to him he just said good luck well it worked it worked because the shot of your family is you’re circling the pillows and to get a standing ovation on the road when you hit a home run is that is a memory you’re gonna have forever like did you talk to your wife afterward and say i cannot believe that happened to me yeah like we talked about it we still talk about it it was so crazy and bizarre and i always say that like i think i knew more people in the stands than i did you know like especially that first game it was like everywhere i looked i recognized somebody um like any anyone from growing up from when i was five years old until i was 18 and went away for college it was like everyone i ever knew in my entire life was there and it was so it was special if you and your grandfather talked about what it would be like for you to win a world series since he had a chance in 67 he had a chance in 75 it didn’t work out have you guys talked about how special it’d be for your family no we really haven’t talked about it um he’s a very present moment guy and so whenever we’re talking it’s always about the game from last night and moving forward to this next game or you know what’s going on in daily life how is fishing’s going how his golf game is things like that so um no we actually haven’t even like brought that up remotely in a conversation which is kind of crazy hey guys i get it it’s not easy talking about ed but still you need some help there’s a place for you to go and our friends at roman they are here 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right before the 19th season i was like really really genuinely like ready to quit i was just like i’m gonna i’m gonna hang it up but you know i’m you know they haven’t invited me to bigly camp one time i’ve had good years i’ve had bad years um and i just and i haven’t even gotten a chance to go to camp so like if i don’t go to camp there’s no way i’m showing up and so somehow i got invited to camp and then i got sent down to my early camp before minor league camp even started and so i was just like man this is not good i need to i need to try and take one chance to get out of here if i can and try and find a path in a different organization then i was talking to a buddy of mine steve wilkerson who had just been uh designated and he had been designated that day and we were just talking and he’s like yeah like you just like we both got to get out of here i was like yeah i know so i said you know i was looking around the league and i saw that san francisco need some outfield help i’d love to get traded there because it seems like there’s a good shot and the next day i got traded there oh my god and it was one of those like eerie conversations where we both kind of looked at each other the next day we’re like was somebody listening who who made this happen because it was it was eerie what do you think why do you think he didn’t quit when you were let’s say 26 and you mean listen you’re a bright guy you’ve got a vanity degree you’re probably thinking okay i’ve given it a shot it’s not gonna happen and it that’s okay why do you think you kept going um i think the biggest part of it was paige um she was just like look we haven’t gone through all this for nothing like you can’t [Applause] just end it on your terms like make somebody else force you to leave this game that’s always what you said you wanted to happen that you’re going to play until somebody ripped the jersey off your back so why would you do that to yourself now and so that really resonated with me and made me think back to why i was even playing in the first place and it was because i love baseball and i wanted to be here and i wanted to make my dream a reality and so she brought me right back to the headspace that i needed and just kind of kept me in line and made sure that i was giving it as long as i was giving it everything i had then we would find some way to make something work and she was the the rock for that that’s so cool to put a hat to page by the way yeah did you cry the day you got called up i did not i was too shocked um and i got called too late to like even really recognize what was going on i got called at 12 35 we were supposed to have a 4am bus to the airport to take a flight somewhere in triple a i don’t really remember where it was and i couldn’t fall asleep for some reason like i was just tossing and turning all night i gotta call at 12 35 from our manager and he tells me that i that i was called up and i was like all right that’s that’s amazing so like what’s the next step and he’s like well there’s gonna be a car that’ll pick you up at seven o’clock in the morning you have a day game in san francisco and i was just like okay great like yeah this is this is gonna work out really well for me and it’s a two-hour ride from sacramento so i showed up at the park at like 9 30 10 and saw that i was in the lineup and on 15 minutes of sleep that night and was ready to go who welcomed you i mean it’s that’s so weird like you don’t have any equity in the organization right you’ve just basically gotten there didn’t know anybody in that clubhouse except for longo longo was the only person that i met um he came down to vandy because he was teammates with kurt in tampa and so i met ali yep i met him i guess it was in 2018. so yeah 2018. so and then i guess a year later i was playing with him how the heck does that go when you’re brand new to an organization guys you walk in guys are like well who did who that like walk up to buster posing you’re like hey buster how you doing bro i did buster was one of the first people i met actually we kind of made eye contact and you make that like awkward eye contact like i know i don’t know you but i should introduce myself and he was great came over and introduced himself and that made me feel a lot more comfortable you know like knowing shaking buster post his hand is really cool thing to do um you know he’s in my opinion he’s a first ballot hall of famer and he’s done just about one just about everything he can in baseball you know if he got on the mount i’m sure he’d win the cy young somehow some way he would do it you know and so that was that was comforting to have somebody of that stature and nature be welcoming and make sure that you felt comfortable and like you’re at home so um you know it’s up to you know not to put any more pressure on guys like that but like it is up to them to to let you know that you’re in a good spot and you’re gonna be okay and things are gonna be great hey one of my favorite places to visit in the baseball landscape of course is the baseball hall of fame up in cooperstown new york well you know what why can’t the hall of fame come to you on your mobile device or on your tv wherever you consume your product uh hall of fame connections it’s a unique 13 episode youtube series brand new episodes drop each and every wednesday it looks at the hall of fame collection from a new and kind of exciting angle each episode tells a different story of how two seemingly unrelated artifacts in the museum actually weave together through generations so it’s very cool it’s co-hosted by my good friend carlos pena from the mlb network he’s a former all-star and lindsey bera last name sound familiar it should she’s a journalist and she’s the granddaughter of the hall of famer yogi berra so new episodes drop every wednesday also support for this series was provided by the market new york grant through i love new york new york state division of tourism as part of the regional economic development council initiative and to stay up to date with the release of each and every episode of hall of fame connections follow the baseball hall of fame social media channels at baseball hall on facebook twitter instagram and youtube got a couple more minutes with mikey streamskin i do appreciate your time greatly buster’s a lot funnier than people know because he’s got right yes that’s that’s a fact and the man can drink his beer too i know that one i know that one for a fact um you mentioned the orioles organization one of my usual co-hosts on the show is steven bralt a big fan of stephen brawl yeah who’s not we spent a lot of time together yeah i watched him win a karaoke contest in aberdeen maryland more please um we were at the green turtle and they had a uh they had a karaoke they had a karaoke contest and i forget what song he’s saying but it was uh it was something along the lines of like ave maria you know like really high notes and like we we knew brock could sing and he all of a sudden was just like hey i’m gonna enter and we’re like yeah you should and then he started singing we all just kind of looked at each other we’re like what what is going on right now and he and he ended up winning i think he won like a thousand bucks which was a big deal at that time yeah he uh that was great did he keep singing on the bus trips or did y’all have to tell him to shut up occasionally we would tell him to shut up at times you know but it would at least it was good you know like it was it was great i i really enjoyed playing with him though he was fun all right can i admit something um early in the year first six weeks you guys were an amazing story and i was like their cute little story this is not farhan’s plan it’s not to be good this year it’s the turning over the organization the old guys will hit the road after this year they had a great run he’s supposed to be the bad guy to let you know crawford walk and belt walk and all that sort of stuff and whoever’s left around will build around them eventually yeah i didn’t see this what do you say to all the idiots like me where you guys are killing it just say i hope you’ve enjoyed you know it’s been really fun for us and i think it’s a great story you know and it’s the resurgence of guys like craw belt buster longo it’s so good for the game right it’s it’s like have faith in your guys that have been around and they’re veterans for a reason they’ve stuck around for this long because they’re really good and people people who watch baseball don’t understand how hard this game is and how easy it is to not have a good year or how easy it is to get hurt or feel down about yourself and then how hard it is to come back from that and how much of a mental battle this is every day and when you see those success stories it brings you back to that like baseball nostalgia like these are the superstars who are supposed to be good and they are really good like this is incredible that’s how like storytales are written and so they never i’ll i’ll never forget when we were playing together in 19 and 20 and hearing buster and cron longo said i don’t want to hear anybody say the word rebuild one more time like let’s go out and win a game like screw a rebuild we’re still here we’re gonna play hard we’re gonna do our best and it’s gonna come full circle and when those guys have that confidence and know you know that they are playing at their best ability it’s really really hard to stop them and to be a part of it in any facet is so cool just to be watching these guys from the dugout to be playing with them in the lineup to be a part of this organization is extremely special right now hey want to tell you about another podcast here on the john boy media networks and that of course is the compound it’s the only one that is hosted by active major league players it’s pretty cool of course you got ian happy the chicago cubs dakota meccas he’s a pitcher in the cubs system as well and zack short who is a short stop for the detroit tigers so they cover it all uh their successes their failures how they’re dealing with winning losing their days in the minors the bus trips all sorts of stuff so it is really kind of inside the life of the baseball player it’s very similar to what we do here on the rose rotation except they don’t have some 50 year old dad bod guy who’s out of shape and stopped playing baseball in eighth grade trying to host the show they’d legit know what they’re talking about so keep tuning into the compound download it wherever you get your podcast today two more questions i’ll let you go perfect chris bryant got traded here did y’all high five i mean yeah we we were celebrating in the dugout or in the locker room before he even showed up you know like he’s an impact player and a great guy that’s the number one thing and i think that was something that was really cool that farhan has mentioned you know not wanting to really stir up the chemistry that we have going because we’re having a lot of fun and our group is special and i think that’s the the most important thing you know when everybody talks about you know does winning create chemistry does chemistry create winning you know there’s not really a straight formula for that but i think that it’s all tied together obviously and chris is the type of guy that when he got here he he just added value on all sides same thing with wadi audi’s the same way a lot a lot of us know wadi and when i saw that wadi was coming back i was so excited awesome clubhouse guy really fun to be around knows how to pitch knows how to get out it’s reliable um you know we like to call him the the father of the bullpen you know he keeps all those guys in line and make sure that they’re having fun and having a good time that’s awesome and last thing we’ll finish on this is what we do with all of our guests we spin the wheel of moderately interesting things we’re not very smart here chris wrestling moderately interesting i love that you’re welcome you’re welcome i knew the vandy guy would appreciate it nobody else uh let’s see here oh yeah only fans yeah i know that always gets an eyebrow race you’re good paige is not gonna be mad um what’s your uh your favorite sports team outside of the one you play for like when you were a kid like that’s my live and die new england patriots all christ yeah we knew it was coming yeah it had to be i mean it’s it was i got to live through all of it you know like i i was there when brady was drafted when bledsoe got hurt when he stepped in and made that huge pass and then for every super bowl that he won for us and i always say that he is one of two people in the world that i would be like completely starstruck if i met like wouldn’t know what to say would be like fumbling for words would be a complete you know fanboy idiot no doubt but you know that’s that’s my guy and i was heartbroken when he left but i’m happy for him kind of were you hold on were you happy last year yeah i was all right good i i am i’m a new england patriots fan but i’m also forever a tom brady fan for i can never be the person that looks back and be like you know how dare he go to a different team like he’s got his own personal choices that he has to make and and i’ll always be a fan of his and i’m happy that if the patriots can’t win that he gets to keep winning because that that’s fun he probably is a mikey strimsky fan i mean grew up in northern california giants guy i would be stunned if you if that were true but that would be amazing we’re going to get that to him by the way who’s the other person that you would be fanboy over mark wahlberg a couple couple no a lot of boston relations there you know that hasn’t happened yet i’m shocked uh no not yet hopefully it’ll happen you know be a cool one he’s another one i would just like not know what to say to you know i don’t know why i’ve met some really cool people just fortunately and i’ve felt very fine around them but i had that feeling before i even met them so i know if i do meet them it’ll just be an absolute disaster stop maybe did you go to any of the patriots super bowls or no i did not no i’ve never been to a super bowl i need to get to super bowl i’m an nfl network guy can help you out i’m a couch guy you know i like i like having my beer and snacks ready at hand i don’t have to walk to go get them you know and the bathroom line is way shorter too at home depends who’s around you know depends how many people you got it over you know but you get a few of those yostremski’s together you never know what’s gonna happen you don’t know but yeah that would be something really cool that i i definitely dream of doing at some point mike it was a pleasure getting to know you i i know on game day it your your time is short so believe me i really really appreciate you absolutely this is a blast i appreciate it yeah we’ll do it again somewhere down the line tell all the giants hi and you always want chris rose picking against you by the way you don’t ever want a kid from cleveland picking your team because that never works i’ll let them know you apologize for your beginning of the year thoughts i’ve been on board though since june i was like make a big trade let’s go we’re going in let’s dive into the pool mine as well yeah absolutely want to thank you and i want to thank everybody for tuning in once again to the chris rose rotation a production of jonboy media
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