I recently conducted a interview on USAO Senior Jose Hidalgo. In this story we talked about his time while at USAO and before. Hidalgo finished up last season, going 10-1 with a 2.04 ERA.
Q:Growing up who did you admire the most? And why?
A: “I admire my grandfather for having taken all the challenges he had in front of him and to do something in life.”
Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?
A: “I have many and very good memories of baseball but last year was a very special one, pitching against one of the best offensive teams in the nation and winning the first NAIA world series game of the school. It was a special moment because the whole team was doing their part to get that victory.”
Q: What is your plan after USAO?
A: “To graduate with a economics degree and look for an opportunity to play baseball on the next level.”
Q: Explain the transition from high school to college baseball.
A: “The transition to college baseball was not bad, since in California there is very high level of baseball.”
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? And by who?
A: “My grandma, she used to tell me to face everything that was in my way and never be afraid of failing. That’s why I came to study and play college baseball, although she’s no longer with us, her words will always be remembered.”
Q: Explain your teammates and the coaches at USAO.
A: “Our chemistry is very good but I know that in the season it will be even better, I have a very good feeling for this year because we have very talented new players that will help us reach even further than last year. I’m grateful to the coaches to work extra hard to make us better on and off the field.”
Q: In your opinion what is your most dominant pitch?
A: “I believe my most dominant pitch is my cutter and my changup”