by Caroline McCarthy & Alexa Schmidt, Staff Writer & Features Editor
Junior Matt Padre is an accounting major who is looking forward to the upcoming baseball season. Originally from Fleminton, New Jersey, Padre is a catch and hitter for the Jaspers, playing in 58 games and making 54 starts in last year’s season. Padre took the time to sit down with The Quadrangle and talk about his time here, and what his goals are for the future.
The Quadrangle: Why did you choose Manhattan College?
Matt Padre: I chose Manhattan because it was the only offer I got to play baseball. To be honest with you it all kind of fell into place. I wasn’t going to come here and play. I was originally going to go to Arizona State and be a regular student but then I got a last minute offer from Manhattan and I just thought it would be a great opportunity for me to continue playing. One of my best friends from high school actually got me here. He graduated about two years ago. He’s coming this weekend for the Alumni game.
TQ: Can you talk a little about your baseball career at Manhattan College?
MP: It’s been great. So far so good. I’ve played a lot which is good because I came here not expecting to play at all. I was added out of nowhere. I was one of the last people rostered. It was really last minute. I signed my letter of intent probably the last possible day, July 31st. I wasn’t expecting much. I don’t know if you know Fabien Pena, he was drafted to the Giants. He was the catcher in front of me so coming in freshman year I wasn’t expecting to play at all. So just overall it’s been great it’s been fun. I was going to quit baseball altogether and now I’m playing everyday.
TQ: What does an average day look like for you?
MP: This Fall is hectic, absolutely hectic. I wake up early and go to breakfast at like 7:30 every day. I go to the library before class because that’s really the only time I have to study and get work done. Then I have class from 9:30-10:45. So like today, I didn’t go to the library, I slept in. I went back to the library because I don’t really go back to my room, I just take everything with me in the morning. Then it was class, class, then I ran down to Van Courtland. Practice starts at 2:30, but my class ends at 2:45. Then I’m late to work at 5.
TQ: Where do you work?
MP: At the tutoring center. I do basically any of the business core classes. It’s like a never ending. I’m also on the Board of two clubs, so I always have meetings and whatnot. There’s really no typical day.
TQ: How do you balance everything?
MP: I kind of just take it one day at a time and one moment at a time. If I look too far ahead, it’s overwhelming. So I have to take a deep breath and focus on I have to do within the hour, what I have to do for the day, and then just make a bunch of checklists.
TQ: What do you plan on doing after college?
MP: I want to work in the city. That’s my biggest thing right now. I’m applying to a bunch of different internships in the city. Doesn’t matter which one I get, I just want to work this summer, and hopefully it’ll lead to something. I want to work in public accounting for five or six years, and then maybe go private. But right now I just need to get the job.
TQ: What are you excited for most about the upcoming season?
MP: Hopefully the opportunity to play down at Van Cortlandt park. For my first two years, the travel was not very fun. It was seventy miles, so an hour and a half. Mt freshman year, we played Marist at Duchess Stadium, which is 15 minutes from them, but it’s an hour and a half for us. It is what it is.
TQ: Are you close to playing in VCP?
MP: Honestly, I have no idea. I hope it is. I know that Marienne [Reilly] is working very very hard to get us back down there and I think it would help our team tremendously because you get a couple more hours of sleep here and there, less travel. Last year, I kept a document of how many miles we traveled, and it was like 9,700.
TQ: Do you have any particular goals for yourself?
MP: Just maintain my high GPA and performance on the field. That’s basically it. Those two things are my main priorities. Those two come first all the time. I’m here for school and I’m here for baseball. That’s what I tell myself every time.