Behind The Scenes gives you an inside look into the lives of the nation's top high school baseball players. We sat down with 2016 Area Code Games’ Most Outstanding Player, Andrew Papantonis, to talk everything from baseball to social media. Papantonis, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound shortstop from New Jersey, batted .400 with three RBIs in the 2016 AC Games.
NAME: Andrew Papantonis
HIGH SCHOOL: Delbarton School
HOMETOWN: Glen Gardner, N.J.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT BASEBALL: Getting up to bat or having a ground ball hit to you in a big spot with a lot of pressure
ONE ASPECT OF YOUR GAME YOU WANT TO IMPROVE ON: Getting more flexible
FAVORITE PLAYER: Bryce Harper
PREGAME RITUAL: Don't really have one
FAVORITE BASEBALL MEMORY: Area Code Games 2016
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST: Future
IF YOU WEREN'T A BASEBALL PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING: Playing football year round
WORDS TO LIVE BY: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE (ALIVE OR DEAD), WHO WOULD THEY BE: John F. Kennedy, my grandpa who passed away, and Larry Page
WHAT ARE SOME GOALS YOU HAVE SET FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON: Win a state championship
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING TO PREPARE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON: Lifting and getting in the cages whenever I can
FAVORITE PERSON TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Not sure--I laugh at too many things.
WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: Chicago Cubs
IF YOU WERE A GM AND COULD PICK ONE PLAYER TO START YOUR FRANCHISE WITH, WHO WOULD IT BE: Clayton Kershaw--you always need a good arm
FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE SONG TO SING IN YOUR CAR: “Mr. Brightside”--The Killers
WALK UP SONG: “Really Got It”--Jerraeu
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE REFER TO "MAKE BASEBALL FUN AGAIN": I love it--baseball is America's pastime and I think it should be fun
IF YOU WERE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE MLB, WHAT IS ONE CHANGE YOU WOULD MAKE TO THE LEAGUE: I would make everyone wear stirrups every game
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Power”
FAVORITE PREGAME MEAL: Breakfast at any point in the day
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE INSTAGRAM AND SNAPCHAT FOLLOW
Favorite Instagram follow: Total Frat Move
Favorite Snapchat follow: my friend Winston, he never fails to make me laugh
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR "X FACTOR" IS: My athleticism
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ENTERTAINER: Denzel Washington
WHO HAS THE NASTIEST PITCH IN BASEBALL: Jake Arietta's sinker
BEST LINEUP IN THE MLB: Toronto Blue Jays
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