#43 Matt Hardie
Q&A with the President
What nickname(s) do you go by?
MaHardie, Big Sexy, Fridge
How many years have you been involved with the Mornington Baseball Club?
Playing wise, 20 (I think…). I’ve been involved with the club for much longer though. My dad was the President the year I was born and is still playing these days. I used to love being Bat Boy for his team, wearing the uniform every week and warming up with his teammates. My mum has scored for the Pirates for a very long time and is still our current scorer for the A1 team, so I guess the Mornington Baseball Club is a ‘family affair’ for me… always has and always will be.
What positions do you play on-field/off-field?
On-field, I play predominantly 1B and P for the A1 team, however, have been known to fill gaps in other positions as needed and love taking diving catches in the outfield!!!
Off-field, I have tremendous pride in being the current President of our Baseball Club.
What do you love about the game of Baseball?
I love the little mental battles and challenges that the game throws at you and your teammates every weekend.
*** I’m hitting and behind in the count 1-2, what pitch will be thrown next? The hitter keeps fouling my pitches off, how am I going get this hitter out? The team needs need to rally to score a run, how can I start the rally? The opposition are starting to get a roll on here, how can we shut the door and get out of the inning?
What do you love about the Mornington Baseball Club?
The lifelong friendships I have made through the Mornington Baseball Club is something I love about Our Club. We have a real ‘Family’ vibe around the place, and it continues to grow each and every year.
Which is your favourite MLB Club?
Who are your favourite MLB Player(s)- Past or Present?
Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Mariano Rivera, Justin Verlander
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My Dad… he coached me throughout my junior career and was one of the big reasons I fell in love with the game and the Mornington Pirates.
What is your favourite food?
Parma (and Pot)
What is favourite song OR Who is your favourite musician or band?
You Make My Dreams (Hall and Oates)… absolute classic and always puts me in a good mood before a game!!!
When you’re not playing Baseball, what’s your next favourite thing to be doing?
Playing golf (well trying to, anyway)
3 Fun Facts about you that aren’t covered by these question…
- I’ve spent every year since I was 5 in a school setting… Prep-Year 12, into University and now being a teacher myself.https://morningtonbaseballclub.com.au/pirates-at-play/
- I support the Mighty Richmond Tigers (YELLOW and BLACK!!!) in the AFL
- I’m supposed to be getting married later this year to my beautiful fiancé, Amy… hopefully ‘The Corona’ doesn’t force us to change our plans.