Halo Homefront: An Interview with Judy Green (Hunter’s Mom)

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Last season, the Angels selected starting pitcher Hunter Green with their first pick in the draft.  On our extensive Angels prospect list, we ranked him number 2 with the highest ceiling in the system.  Oftentimes, baseball players are viewed as robots, simply names on a chart or list.  However behind every professional baseball player there is a story and background.  To better understand Hunter, we conducted an interview with the person that knows him best, his mother.  Judy Green was kind enough to answer a few questions about the story behind the small-town kid turned top prospect.

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Maniac Ball: As a family member, what is it like watching Hunter develop and grow as a professional baseball player and as a person?

 

Judy Green: “There are actually no words to describe this journey.  When you are only 17 years old and 2,000 miles away from home, you have to grow up very quickly!  We are very proud of the way Hunter has handled the transition.  Sometimes, it is still unbelievable that he is living his dream to be a professional baseball player.  As a parent, you just pray a lot for his health and safety and have faith that what is meant to be will happen.   It’s exciting to see what the future holds for him.”

 

 

MB: Describe draft day.  Hunter was taken in the 2nd round in 2013 (the Angels first pick).  Were you expecting him to be drafted around where he ended up and did you know the Angels were interested?

 

JG: “Draft day was like being on a roller coaster!  So many emotions!  You knew the day you had dreamed about for so long, was here.  Hunter was asked by the media if they could come and sit with our family during the draft.  Hunter told them that he wasn’t expecting anything, but if he was blessed enough for his name to be called, then they were more than welcome, but not until his name was called.   There was no party, only Hunter’s mom, dad, sister and long-time friend/pitching instructor Matt Hightower was at our home watching the draft.  It was exciting hearing the names of so many young men Hunter had gotten to honor to play with over the years, being called.  Hunter had 23 MLB clubs to make home visits and the remaining 7 to do phone interviews or by mail last winter.  So, we knew he was on a lot of teams list.  From everything we were told, he was projected to go in the 1st/2nd rounds.  So that was what we was hoping for.  The Angels were actually Hunter’s last home visit just a few weeks before the draft.  So, when they called us that night prior to their pick to ask Hunter if he was in, without hesitation, he said YES!  Still, you couldn’t count on anything until you heard…and the 59th pick of the MLB draft for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is Hunter Green from Warren East High, Bowling Green, KY!  Then the celebration started!  Our phones actually shut down due to so many calls, text, twitter/facebook messages.  Family, friends and the media starting coming over.  I think we actually got to bed around 3am.  What a night we will never forget!”

 

 

MB: How difficult was it as a family to decide that Hunter should go straight into professional ball and not attend college?

 

JG: “We talked about this many times.  Asking him repeatedly, are you sure this is what you want to do?  The answer was always yes from him.  As parents, if we felt Hunter couldn’t be successful or handle the transition, we would have advised him to go to college 1st.  The summer between his junior and senior year of high school was sort of a test for us all.  He flew for the 1st time alone.  Stayed with a host family.  Stayed at showcases alone.  Learned how to get up on his own, find transportation to and from the fields, get food and even do his own laundry!  LOL. After all of that, we knew he could do it.  The final answer was always up to Hunter along with our advice and support.  He knows college will always be there, but professional baseball is a once in a lifetime opportunity that he felt he couldn’t pass up.”

 

 

MB: Do you have a favorite memory of Hunter’s playing career?

 

JG: “WOW!  They are so many.  I guess my favorite is his 20 strike-out game.  That was unbelievable and so exciting!  Then when we got the call he was Mr. Kentucky Baseball, which was a shock.  Then just recently, his high school retired his jersey.  What an honor!”

 

 

MB: Can you share something about Hunter off the field that the fans might be interested in knowing?

 

JG: “Hunter is actually a very humble person.  He does not like a lot of attention.  You would never know of any of his accomplishments, because he never talks about himself.  That’s one of the things we are the most proud of.  He always gives other the credit.  He is just a good old country boy who loves being with his family.  He loves the outdoors.  Especially fishing, deer hunting, turkey hunting and his most favorite…DUCK HUNTING!”

 

 

MB: What are you most looking forward to as Hunter continues his climb to the big leagues?

 

JG: “To watch him grow both mentally and physically.  With him being so young, there is so much room left for growth.  We are exciting to watch him get bigger and stronger as his body matures.  To watch him mature by gaining the knowledge from coaches and teammates.  To see where hard work, commitment, and dedication can take you.  Most of all, to be sitting there in the stands, watching his 1st start in the major leagues.  I can’t even begin to imagine how that will feel for Hunter and his family.”

 

*A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Green for providing Maniac Ball with these great answers.

3 thoughts on “Halo Homefront: An Interview with Judy Green (Hunter’s Mom)

  1. Alisa

    What a wonderful interview. Thank you ManiacBall and thank you Mrs.Green for your candid and thoughtful answers. Especially fun reading about draft day……how exciting! Looking forward to watching Hunter pitch for the Halos.

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