This weekend, Phillies Nation was granted VIP Access to Sports Vault’s All Access program at the Philadelphia Sports Card Show and Convention. There, we were able to speak to a number of the guests which included many Phillies, past and present. For the next week, please check out our exclusive interviews and give our friends at Sports Vault a click for the best sports memorabilia and upcoming autograph signings!
Ian Riccaboni, PN: What was the biggest challenge of competing in your first full season at the Major League level?
Cody Asche, third baseman, Philadelphia Phillies: I would say, since I spent time on the DL this year, staying healthy was one of my bigger challenges this year which was unfortunate that it happened, but it did. But I learned from it and I moved on.
IR: Does that make it tougher to your rhythm at the plate?
CA: Certainly doesn’t help! I mean, I wouldn’t say it makes any more difficult. Major League pitching is hard enough as it is. Any time you miss a significant portion of your games, it is going to be tough to find it, yeah.
IR: You’ve come up with a group of guys, a crop of guys, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf. What’s it like coming up with a group of guys, guys that you know?
CA: It’s good. I think we’re all eager to prove that we are capable of being winning players and capable of being part of a winning team. We naturally have a little big of camaraderie together. We just have to go out there and keep working and keep playing together.
IR: What’s the biggest challenge you are looking forward to in 2015?
CA: Improving. I think that is the challenge that faces every player and I think that’s why we all play, to get better and to prove to ourselves that we can get better.