Off the Field with Texas Pitcher Connor Mayes

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Connor Mayes is a sophomore pitcher born and raised in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Lake Travis High School in 2014, and since then he has been a key player for the UT baseball team. One of his biggest accomplishments was pitching an entire game during the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, which was vital for the Longhorns Big 12 Championship title that year. UT Finance and Sports Media student Savannah Cavanaugh sat down with Mayes to ask him some questions regarding baseball and his life.

Savannah: If you could spend a day as one of your teammates, who would you be and why?

Connor: I would probably want to be one of the Clemens boys. They have the coolest apartment, shoes, cars, etc. hahah.

Savannah: Batman or Superman?

Connor: It’s a tough call… but Superman. Yes, Batman is self made, but Superman has cool powers.

Savannah: What is a nickname of yours and where did it come from?

Connor: I’m called “Crazy Mayes” now, but in high school I was called “Big Cat”. My new nickname is because I’m high energy, always bouncing off the walls and high stress when I’m pitching/ in the dugout.

Savannah: What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

Connor: Hardworking, Passionate, and Outgoing.

Savannah: Super Strength or Super Speed?

Connor: Super Strength (harder fastball)

Savannah: Who has been one of the most influential people in your life?

Connor: I would say… actually a lot of people, but my teammate Tyler Schimpf. He is a hard worker no matter what the results are, always has a smile on his face, holds true to his values and would do anything for me.

Savannah: What’s your favorite MLB team? Favorite MLB player?

Connor: Cardinals, Chris Carpenter (P)

Savannah: Who do you think you pitch like?

Connor: Noah Syndergaard (Mets)

Savannah: What is the worst city in the Big 12?

Connor: Lawrence, Kansas. Manhattan is a close second. Kansas is just not a very fun place to visit. (chuckles)

Savannah: Any advice for little leaguers/ high school kids who want to play college ball?

Connor: To work hard. Never stop believing in themselves. Don’t listen to the critics and set high goals.

Savannah: What is your favorite part about playing baseball for THE University of Texas?

Connor: We have the coolest stadium. It is the biggest, nicest, and most major league like. There is also a ton of pride with the fans and so much Texas baseball history. It’s an honor to play for this team. Hook’em Horns.

Hook’em horns is right. Tweet at us @savcav9 @connormayes19 and tell us your thoughts.


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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