While getting to know Will Benson, Outfielder and Designated Hitter for the Cleveland Indians, it was easy to understand how his infectious style and spirit sets him apart. Will was drafted to the Cleveland Indians as the 14th overall pick in the 2016 First Round not just for his baseball skills, but who he is as a person.
Here's "My 10" with Will Benson, Rookie Outfielder and Designated Hitter with the Cleveland Indians:
1. What makes you stronger?
First and foremost, my faith makes me stronger. I know that God has a plan for me no matter the situation or circumstance. Also, family, coaches, and close friends fuel me with strength on and off the field because I want to give back to them the same way they did for me. Lastly, my inner drive to be the best me provides me strength.
2. What does being an athlete mean to you?
I view being an athlete, at my current level, as an avenue full of opportunities to impact people around me. Athletes are placed in a special light, where their actions and words are constantly followed. As an athlete you have a responsibility to set the proper example for those who look up to you.
3. Besides your Mickey Mouse socks, what 3 things would you say are, "just you"?
- I own a fox tail keychain that attracts the strangest stare down looks.
- Absolutely love uno. I could play uno all day long.
- I am fiercely competitive at laser tag.
4. What 3 people have inspired you or influenced you the most?
My mom has been the rock for my family. She makes sure that everyone in the family is taken care of and happy. I want to be the same way for my family in the future. My dad has always been there for me after any game or performance of any kind to help me self-evaluate which started a trend for myself to get better. Anytime I needed to just talk, my parents were always there wanting the best for me. One of the many people that inspire me is Shawn Green. I read his book, Finding Stillness At 95, and he emphasized ‘being in the moment’. I live by that motto now.
5. What was it like stepping onto the field in Cleveland as a professional baseball player for the first time?
It was such a blessing to be on that green grass staring at the huge screen in left field thinking I could play here one day. In my mind, I was assuring myself if I continue to work hard and live the right way I’ll be right back on the same green grass.
6. Where or when do you feel closest to God?
Before I go to bed every night, I read the bible and say my prayer. In my prayer, i just go through my day thanking Him for everything, asking for forgiveness, and His constant love and blessings for my family, girlfriend, the sick, and friends.
7. If you had to pick a lyric from a song to describe yourself, what would it be? Why?
“Cause all of my life training day and by night. I’m preparing to fight for everyone…” from The Champ by Nelly because I’m working hard for those that worked hard for me to be where I am today.
8. What is the biggest challenge you've faced and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was in 9th grade when I was a swing player, playing all Junior Varsity and no Varsity. My self-created ego of being this great player knocked me in the face. After I found out which team I was on, my faith kicked in and God lit a fire under me to work my tail off as if I hadn’t made a team at all. Even though I didn’t get a chance that year in school, I had one of my best years in travel ball. I’m so thankful now for that year because without that challenge I wouldn’t be the person or player that I am today.
9. If you could be undefeated in one thing in your life, what would it be? Why?
Effort. I want to put forth the most effort in the moment than anyone else.
10. What is your favorite Bible verse and how do you use it in your life and in your sport?
Jeremiah 29:11 “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Through the rough times, I endure the storm because God has a plan for the greater. Progression in baseball and life is a process and even though you can not see the end result you have to trust that God has the best planned for you.