Athlete Showcase: Brandywine’s Mickiewicz

Ty Mickiewicz is a senior on the Brandywine baseball team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

TM: My greatest accomplishment as an athlete is that I get to play baseball at the next level.

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

TM: My biggest disappointment would have to be that I didn’t get the chance to go all-state my senior year in baseball.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

TM: My heroes are my parents and my brother. My father helped me become the athlete that I am today. My mother helped me become one of the top 10 students in my school. My biggest hero would have to be my brother, because he was the one that always had my back no matter what.  He is the one that taught me to always work harder than my opponent. Lastly, he was the only person that ever pushed me past my limits more than once in order to make me better, while still encouraging me to keep working after he was done.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

TM: I am always the most nervous on the first pitch as well as the last pitch.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

TM: When I was younger, I would get really embarrassed and feel sorry for hitting a batter. I always thought that it made me seem like I wasn’t good at pitching if I did this, but as I got older I started to realize that if you hit someone and can bounce back then you could be a great pitcher.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

TM: I try to push myself past my limit, because if I can do that by myself then I can go even further when I’m working out with others.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

TM: I would most likely try to compete in bowling.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

TM: I think sports are something to look forward to in the high school experience. Sports instill hard work and encourage athletes to get good grades in order to better in the classroom as well as on the field.

How would you give away $50,000?

TM: I would give that money to charity as well as foster homes to give those kids and other people chances they would normally not get.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

TM: I would coach the Detroit Tigers to hopefully make them great again and to see my favorite team in person.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

TM: If I didn’t have sports I would be working as well as hanging out with my friends in order to stay as active as possible.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

TM: The greatest challenge for me is to not forget that at some point I am not going to be able to play anymore. I need to play every game like it could be my last game.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

TM: I would probably make the strike zone a little bigger, because I do love to pitch.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

TM: My brother told me that I was All-State in his mind and it didn’t matter what the others said, because he knew the work I was putting in to accomplish All-State for baseball.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

TM: Stepping back in the batter’s box after getting hit in the face with a baseball. Yes, you’re going to have set backs like this when you play sports and you learn to get past the fear.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

TM: The last time someone really impressed me was last year during baseball season. I hit a two-run home run and a few at bats later my buddy Camron Barrier hit a solo homerun. It was great to celebrate with him.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

TM: My favorite hobby would have to be spending time with my family, because there is nothing like it in the world.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

TM: The one word I would choose to describe myself would have to be “represent.”