Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 2, 2007

Answering the call


Hayes has taken the proverbial bull by the horns. He is spending his time in Princeton learning from a former Major League pitching coach in hopes of someday getting to the majors.

“Being with my pitching coach Marty DeMerritt who was a pitching coach in the big leagues, I’ve learned a lot about baseball,” Hayes said. “Coming into pro ball, I thought I had a pretty good feel about things. But he taught me so much about pitching.”

Hayes plans to take that knowledge and his work ethic and use those things to achieve his ultimate goal.

“I think if I keep going about doing everything that I’m doing and working hard every day, coming to the ball park, loving to play baseball, I think I have a pretty good chance of making it,” Hayes said.

“I’d give anything to play pro baseball every day. It’s not so much about the money as it’s just about being able to come to the ball park every day and play with some of the best players in the world.”

Hayes wants to make it because he wants to do what he loves most in life.

“I love this game,” Hayes said. “Baseball’s probably my favorite sport. I’d play baseball over anything.”

— Contact Jed Lockett


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