Adam Bailey's path to the Ducks has taken him on all sorts of routes. Besides moving around as a kid because of his father's work (he was born near Colorado Springs but grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz.), Bailey went to Arizona State University thinking he'd be a dual threat on the mound and in the outfield. But after his ERA began to climb, Bailey transferred to a junior college and then to the University of Nebraska, where he exclusively played the outfield. From there it was on to the Astros' organization as a 23rd-round pick in the 2010 MLB draft, and three seasons later, he has landed in the middle of the batting order with the Ducks.
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You always thought you'd be a pitcher. What's that adjustment been like?
I wanted to do both at Arizona State, but things change. I never gave up hitting and stuck with it, and hopefully it gets me somewhere. I love it. I try to drive in runs for my team and that's what I think I'm built for.
How did you end up at Nebraska?
I started at Arizona State as a pitcher, then went to in Arizona, and one of my best friends had been at Nebraska and he said it was great and I said all right. I went down there, but by then, my friend had already quit, so it was too late [to play together], but I fell in love with it.
What are Nebraska football games like?
They're awesome. We've been sold out for over 320 games in a row and people love football there. Now that it's part of the Big Ten, we don't get tickets anymore, but in the Big 12 we did.
What do you think of playing on this team?
I think I'm right where I'm supposed to be for a reason. I think that's the case with everybody here. We all have our ups and downs and we're all here to find something, and I think that's what I'm here to do. I'm still looking. I try to get my swing more consistent and just try to be a more consistent player all around.
What's the best thing you've learned from some of the more experienced guys on the Ducks?
Failure is part of the game. You can throw your helmet and break your bat and I still do it to this day, but you have to get used to it at some point. Most of the time when you play this game, you're going to fail, and you just have to get used to it and make adjustments. I love playing with those guys. D-Train [Dontrelle Willis] and [Ramon] Castro, I ask them about their favorite stadiums and how everything is up there because that's what we all want to do when we grow up. But I love having experience from those guys . . . You can't experience this team unless you play with us. We're all crazy, pretty much.