The Quadrangle: When did you start playing baseball?
Paul Genners: Around 5 years old.
TQ: Growing up did you play other sports? If so, what made Baseball special for you?
PG: Other than baseball, I played football, basketball, and soccer. Baseball was special to me because I would watch my older brothers’ games every weekend. They have always been my role models, so I wanted to be just like them.
TQ: You’ve played a few of the outfield positions over your three years. Which is your favorite?
PG: I played centerfield for most of my life, but I’m happy wherever I can help out the team.
TQ: What kind of food do you eat on a regular basis to feel healthy?
PG: My diet consists of a ton of protein and carbs. Eggs, chicken, steak and brown rice is probably the main core of it. I try to throw in healthy fats like avocado as well.
TQ: Are all of these options offered by the school? If not, what do you find yourself buying independently?
PG: For the most part, yes. But I can only get in the dining hall four times a week so I find myself buying all of it.
TQ: How has your exercise program evolved over the years? What are you doing now?
PG: My exercise program has become more efficient. Freshman year, I used to make up my own workouts and we all had to lift on our own. Now we are fortunate to be under Coach Pat and Coach Mike, which I think has been extremely beneficial not only us, but all the athletes at Manahattan.
TQ: Do you feel your eating/exercise routine keep you prepared to play your sport?
PG: Absolutely. We were in the weight room four days a week in the fall which has us feeling strong and healthy now for the spring. A lot of people underestimate the impact that your diet has on not only your performance, but daily life in general.
TQ: Whats the most important thing you do to stay healthy?
PG: The two most important things I’ve learned is to listen to my body and to communicate. For example, if you roll your ankle at practice in the morning, its probably not a great idea to max out on squat that afternoon. There is a difference between working through soreness and pushing through an injury. All of my coaches respect us and recognize that we are aware of this. If we communicate with them about something, they know that it’s in the best interest of our health and the team’s.
TQ: What is the hardest part about managing your workouts/practices with your school work?
PG: The hardest part is getting a decent amount of sleep.
TQ: How do you feel two weeks into your season and what do you expect from this team?
PG: We are feeling really good as a team. We have a lot of talent with a great coaching staff and as long as we continue to stick together I think we have what it takes to still be playing well into the summer.