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Getting to Know N.Y. Mets Pitcher Jacob Degrom

Born – June 19. 1988 Major League Debut: May 15th, 2014 vs NY Yankees

FAVORITE BALLPARK – Right here, Citi Field. It’s a great park to pitch in.

FAVORITE THING TO DO ON AN OFF DAY-

I enjoy the big city; I’m from a small town. I like walking in Central Park and other parts of the city.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS-

Hunting & Fishing

BIGGEST INFLUENCE FOR YOUR CAREER –

My dad, growing up he would always be having a catch or be hitting with me. I was always working with him, great work ethic.

BOYHOOD IDOL & FAVORITE ATHLETE – Chipper Jones of the Braves. I grew up a Braves fan and Chipper lived near me. I looked up to him.

FAVORITE ATHLETES TODAY – LeBron James & Phil Mickelson

FAVORITE TEAM GROWING UP – Atlanta Braves

DRIVE – The opportunity to put on a big league uniform every day is awesome. Many people dream of that, but very few get to do it. I am thankful every day I get to put on that uniform.

MEAL I ENJOY MOST: A good steak dinner

FIRST JOB – I worked in a Fernery with a guy I knew. Most people have no idea what that is, but its working in a specialized garden for the cultivation and display of ferns.