JG Sports Media’s latest audio interview guest pitched 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, works with the Toronto Blue Jays now and lives in Port Hope…Paul Quantrill.
In this interview, I speak with Paul about a number of topics, including:
- Watching his son, Cal, make his MLB debut for the San Diego Padres last season: “I had more butterflies watching Cal and more nervousness than I think I ever had in any game I ever pitched in.”
- The benefits of playing NCAA baseball while getting an education: “The one thing about school, whether it’s high school, but more importantly even college, I think what helps us a lot is you learn to learn. I certainly don’t stand on the mound and use my calculus from college, but I learned to learn and to get better every day.”
- His first two MLB seasons with Boston were the same years the Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series: “It was awesome seeing them win the World Series and I was at the game when Carter hit the home run. I really didn’t like watching the Blue Jays much when I was standing on the mound…they were something to be reckoned with. That’s one of the greatest teams of all time.”
- Playing six seasons with the Blue Jays and commuting from Port Hope: “It was like playing summer ball and I just got to place in a nice stadium and they paid me to play. I got to go on field trips with my kids in the morning and be somewhat like a regular dad.”
Paul also speaks about pitching with CY Young winners Roger Clemens and Pat Hentgen, an up-and-coming star in the late Roy Halladay, pitching at the 2001 All-Star Game and losing Cal for 30 minutes, having his family join him on a lot of road trips, playing in Los Angeles and New York, his durability as a pitcher, getting involved with minor baseball in Port Hope, his induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, representing his country as a player and coach and working with the Blue Jays organization these days.
NOTE: While we wait for local sports to return following the COVID-19 pandemic, a big part of JG Sports Media’s website content will be audio interviews, like this one.
Guests will include representatives from local sports organizations as well as other notable guests, many who have ties to this area and even some who don’t.