Bellevue Bulldogs freshman outfielder Grant Harris relishes the role of leadoff hitter with his collegiate baseball team.
Harris, a left-hander who graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2016, is thriving in his first season on the Bulldogs roster. Through 14 games, Harris has gone 15-for-55 at the plate with 7 RBI and 5 doubles. Harris loves being the Bulldogs’ proverbial table setter.
“It is pretty fun because when you get on base it kind of sets the tone for the game. You can get the other team on their heels a little bit if you get their pitcher rattled,” Harris said of being the leadoff hitter. “Being left-handed gives me a pretty good advantage because I can get out of the box a lot quicker. Having that speed is good for bunting. My goal is to get on base as much as I can and cause havoc on the base-paths.”
Harris said the decision to play for the Bulldogs following high school was an easy choice.
“Yosh (Bulldogs head coach Mark Yoshino) is a great coach and is really good at sending guys to the next level. He won’t send a guy if he knows they aren’t ready, which is also good. He is not going to oversell or undersell us and is going to help us get to a place that is a good fit. He is great at developing players and getting them better,” Harris said.
Recently, the Reporter had an opportunity to ask Harris a few questions about his life away from the baseball diamond.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Grant Harris: I would probably say “Interstellar.” I’m really interested in space movies. They are pretty cool.
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
GH: Kyle Seager (Seattle Mariners third baseman). He is a pretty cool guy and is laid back. He is not too flashy. He is kind of what you want to model yourself after as a baseball player.
BR: What is your favorite eatery in Bellevue?
GH: I like Daniel’s Broiler (steakhouse). I have gone there a couple of times with my family.
BR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
GH: The University of Washington Huskies football and basketball teams. Growing up we always had season tickets to the basketball games.
BR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?
GH: I like classic rock. I like some old stuff like AC/DC and some new stuff like Linkin Park.
BR: What is your dream vacation spot?
GH: Hawaii is always good. It is warm. You can always go to the beach and find stuff to do.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
GH: Maybe around 50.