MEDFORD, Ore. — Seth Brown made his MLB debut in 2019 with the Oakland Athletics. He hit .293/.361/.453 in 26 games for the A's with 8 doubles, 2 triples and 13 runs batted in. After the MLB announced they would be postponing the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seth Brown found out he had officially made the Opening Day roster for the A's (when baseball does finally return).
NewsWatch 12 Sports' Josh Shelton spoke with Brown as he prepared for the eventual start of the 2020 season.
Josh Shelton: What was that like? Just when you... making the MLB roster right out of the gate?
Seth Brown: With everything that's going on. It's just a, it was an awesome feeling, you know, especially after last year of, you know, accomplishing, you know, my dream as far as, you know, playing in the big leagues and, you know, having all the hard work I've put in over the years really come to a head and you know, just kind of showed me, I think that, you know, anything is possible and you can do anything you really set your mind to as long as you're willing to put in the work. And, you know, how much time and pain are you willing to go through to get it? And, it really just kind of, I guess, gave me some confirmation of, you know, all the time I spent, you know, trying to get there and, and having to happen. It's just a, there was an indescribable feeling of, you know, accomplishment and, you know, confirmation.
JS: I have to ask. You were just hitting absolute bombs in Las Vegas. How long are the Oakland fans going to have to wait to see their first Seth Brown [homerun]?
SB: I hope not too long. You know, it was crazy. It wasn't for lack of trying. I'll say that. But, you know, not just going up there, and I think, you know, my mindset when I was up there, was just to help the team. You know I was there to really help in any way I could. For me at that time, all I was thinking about was I need to make contact, need to put up good at-bats. You know, that when I came up, you know, those guys grinded all year to put themselves in that spot that they were in, where those games are meaning quite a bit, towards the end with that race. And so I think my biggest goal was. I'm not up there to hold anybody back. I'm up there to help. So I need to do, I need to have good at-bats, I need to put the ball in play. You know, and so I think for me, I looked at it like, my job right now is to help this team in any way I can. That means playing good defense. And that means putting up good at-bats. So, you know, the results as far as homers go, you know, obviously, you know would've loved to hit, you know, a big-league homer, but, you know, to me, I was, I was happy with my bats and happy with, I was just helping the team so, you know, hopefully, they don't have to wait too much longer though.
JS: You, you played a high school ball here in the Rogue Valley, especially to those seniors. What would you... what message would you share with them?
SB: I would tell them that it's happened. It's not just them. I mean, everybody, I mean across the nation is dealing with the same stuff. So it's not just the, their season that's gone. It's everybody. So I think it's a good time to look at it as an opportunity to really do extra, you know, whatever that is. Whether it's your house plan, I mean, even something as small as playing Wiffle ball. I mean, you know, there's so much time now that everybody has, I think individually you look at that and say, okay, 'I'm a senior in high school, there's how other spouses of thousands of seniors in high school across the country. You know, what, what are they doing right now? And, you know, am I outworking them? Am I doing more than they are right now?' So I think that's the biggest advice I can give is if you're still chasing a baseball, I mean, you gotta be able to put in the time and sacrificing. I mean, as of right now, I mean, everybody's got a lot of time on their hands. So I guess I would look at it like, you're not the only senior out there, and you know, are you working harder than all the other seniors? That's kind of the way I would look at it.
JS: Did you think that your first big-league triple was going to come before your first big league home run?
SB: No, I did not see that coming at all. But, you know, that was an incredible night. You know, it's, it was stuff that you dream about. You know, looking back on it now, it's just almost, it's almost undescribable that to, you know, to think about. I mean, I'm sitting there and, you know, my first homestand and, you know, in Oakland nation to have that happen. It's just, you know, there's, you just can't, you could never see a thing you can ever see in your mind until it happens. So it was just incredible. I, you know, I can't describe it really.
JS: What's it going to be like on opening day when you step in between the lines?
SB: I think it's going to be just another, you know, another point for me where I sit back and say, you know, this is something that I've always wanted and dreamed about and you know, I'm going to be probably close to tears, but no, I just, that. I think it's just going to be more confirmation of, you know, all the work that I've put in and continue to put into, to be where I'm at. And, you know, so much, I guess. I mean, so thankful for it, but it has supported me over the years. Everybody that I have so many people that thank, you know, and it's just a, it's pretty overwhelming to think about, you know, all that I've gone through to get to where I'm at. So, you know, thank you to everybody who's, you know, always supported me and believed in me. And it's just incredible.