Q&A with Lowndes' Mason Steel
Meet Mason Steel, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound outfielder/pitcher/first baseman from Lowndes High School who has signed with North Georgia. Steel is a member of the South Georgia Big 10 cover for the 2022 Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine. Here are 10 questions with him.
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Q: What in-game rituals or superstitions do you have?
A: Just like any other baseball player, we all tend to try and find something that works and stick with it. For example, eye black. Let’s say I go without eye black a couple games and start doing badly, I’ll switch it up and put some eye black on. I also always play with a certain bracelet in my back left pocket of every game. No matter if I’m doing good or bad, that bracelet stays in my pocket throughout the entire game.
Q: Who is your favorite professional sports team?
A: Atlanta Braves.
Q: What is your favorite food to eat?
A: A good steak. I could eat one every meal as long as I have A1 sauce.
Q: Name one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?
A: On my 12th birthday, I was riding my electric dirt bike and the chain popped off the motor. Just like every other time before, I left it on and reached my hand down there to put it back on. When I did that, my elbow bumped the throttle causing it to turn over and snatch the tip of my index finger off. So now I have 9 3/4 fingers instead of 10. Not to mention I had gotten braces that morning.
Q: Who is your favorite teacher and what is your favorite high school subject?
A: My favorite teacher was my 11th-grade algebra 2 teacher Mrs. Ditamasso. Math also happens to be my favorite subject. I tend to be good with numbers and figuring out equations when needed.
Q: Outside of baseball, what is your next hobby?
A: I recently have found a new liking for a game called pickle ball. Some of my youth leaders have introduced me to it. It’s basically like a glorified table tennis with four players and a lot more rules to follow. We go out to the tennis courts in Valdosta and stay out there until midnight playing.
Q: If you could travel anywhere outside the U.S., what would be your dream location and why?
A: I think a cool place to see would be the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I also would like to see Bora Bora, but who wouldn't want to go there.
Q: Name the person you'd like to meet the most.
A: One person I'd like to mee is Freedie Freeman. I have grown up watching him play for the Braves. He just plays with great class and never gets too cocky. He’s a great player and someone I want to resemble when I’m older.
Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Both my parents have influenced my life more ways than I can imagine, but here recently one of my old buddies, Tyler Studstill, had a tremendous impact on my life. He passed away last February, but the impact that he left on this world is insane. Tyler knew everyone and always had something positive to say about someone. He was strong in his faith, but he was always down to cut up and have a good time with his friends. The legacy he left behind set an example of how I want people to view me in my life, and I am forever grateful for the influence he had on me.
Q: After baseball, what career are you planning to pursue?
A: I haven't thought a whole lot about life after baseball, but I have narrowed my options down to two work fields I am interested in. I either want to receive a degree in some sort of engineering field, or I will train to become a pilot, and I will either fly commercial or FedEx /UPS.