Getting To Know: Chase Wright

In trying to maintain a balance between providing hard news and getting you as close to the players as I can without actually physically taking you into the clubhouse, I decided to try a new series of “getting to know you” type features with the Thunder roster.

You guys have access to the same stats I do.  You see them make the same pitches and swing the bat just as many times as I can.

But one thing the majority of fans don’t know about is what these guys are like off the field, and that’s truly one of the best parts of my job, is getting to know some of these guys as people and not just athletes.

With that said, I thought one of the best candidates for something like this would be one Sebern Chase Wright.  The soft-spoken Texan is always a friendly face in the clubhouse, and is always willing to give a few minutes of his time to the media, even for a goofy feature like this one.

So, without further ado, here’s the first of hopefully many “Getting To Know” features…

TT: So tell me something about Chase Wright that might surprise some people…

CW: “Ooh, let’s see.  I’m a big sports guy.  I’m an outdoors guy, I like to hunt and golf.  Any sport, I’m down.  I like any sport activity or outdoor activity.”

TT: Chase is actually your middle name.  When did you end up going with that as your first name?

CW: “That’s just what everybody always, always called me even though my first name was Sebern.  Now I think more people call me Sebern here than Chase.”

TT: Just to bust on you a little bit?

CW: “Yeah, a little bit…”

TT: Do you have an iPod?

CW: “Yup.”

TT: So if I’m going through Chase Wright’s iPod, what am I finding?

CW: “We’ve got a little bit of everything.  I’m more of a hip-hop guy than anything.”

TT: Really?  I would have had you pegged as a country guy myself…

CW: “That’s probably second to that, yeah.  But I got a lot more hip-hop than anything on there.”

TT: What are some of your favorite artists on there?

CW: “Gotta go Bone Thugs N Harmony, they’re one of my favorite.  Then, let’s see…what’s some other good ones on there?  We gotta go Danity Kane.”

TT: All right, all right.  That works for me.  Did you like the new album?

CW: “Yeah, I liked it.  That’s definitely my top two, right there.”

TT: No love for the other group from Making the Band 4, Day 26?

CW: “Nah, they’re not me.  I’m more into girls (laughs).”

TT: Are you into video games at all?

CW: “Oh yeah.  I got an XBOX 360, and I’m a big Madden guy.  That’s my main game.”

TT: Who’s your team?

CW: “Gotta go Cowboys.  Dominate everybody with the Cowboys.”

TT: T.O., Romo.  Yeah, that’ll get the job done.  Are you a Cowboys fan?

CW: “Oh yeah.  Big time.”

TT: Do you get to go to any games during the off-season?

CW: “Yeah, I’ve been to a few.  But it’s kind of hard to get to.  I’m waiting for the new stadium to open and try to get some tickets there.”

TT: What do you think about the new stadium?  I heard the old one was kind of crappy…

CW: “Yeah, the stadium they’re in now, it’s old.  It’s in bad shape, everything’s all packed in together.  But the new stadium, I heard it’s supposed to be really nice, so I’m looking forward to catching some games there.”

TT: During the off-season, what’s a typical day like for you?

CW: “Let’s see.  Golf.  I usually get up and get a workout in, but golf’s definitely the main thing.  A little hunting, depending on what season it is.  And then some fishing.”

TT: Do you hunt deer, or…

CW: I’m more of a bird hunter than deer.  But I did go for the first time this off-season, deer hunting.  Got my first deer.”

TT: Do you fish around here at all?  I saw Cutch walking out of the park after one of the day games with a fishing rod in his hands the other day…

CW: “I haven’t, but I might.  I need to.  But I don’t think they got a bite or anything, so I’m going to wait until they start getting bites because I’m pretty impatient out there in the water.”

TT: Percentage of interviews you do where the Fenway Park “incident” from last year doesn’t come up…

CW: “(Laughs) Oh man.  Zero.”

(Trust me, I pointed out that number includes this interview as well, since I had to be a jackass and bring it up too…)

TT: You talk about it all the time with whoever asks, and you’re always good about it, but aren’t you just kind of like enough already?

CW: “Nah, not at all.  I feel like I was very fortunate to be put in that situation.  That’s something that happened.  But that’s not a negative thing.  I’m not going to be down or be frustrated about it.  It doesn’t bother me at all.”

TT: Before a start, what do you do to get pumped up?

CW: “Yeah, I’ve definitely got the hip-hop going on the iPod, trying to get going.  But I try to keep it on an even keel.  I don’t try to get too high or too low, just sort of keep it even.  But about an hour before, I’m trying to get a little pumped up in there.”

TT: Who do you room with on the road?

CW: “Steven Jackson.” 

TT: Anything you can tell me about him that he’d hate you for telling me?

CW: “I don’t know!  Jack’s a pretty straight guy, I haven’t got much dirt on him.”

(At this point, Eric Wordekemper walks by…)

“If you ask me about Wordy or somebody, I can give you some dirt.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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12 Responses to “Getting To Know: Chase Wright”

  1. LC Says:

    Do you come on the road to cover the Thunder? If so, let us know, we have the armchair quarterback section in Norwich, you could come chill with us if you don’t want to kick it in the media booth. I’ll probably be going to the Mets Pirates on 4/30 but will be in Norwich the rest of the days.

    Austin Jackson is the man, I hope the rest of the Thunder get sat the heck down. I like Jason Brown, Patterson, and Marquez in the Yanks system also.

    What’s the scoop on Brett Smith? Is he coming back? The kid was lighting up the Eastern League last year then got sent down for some reason. I was feeling a little bummed out on his behalf.

    Keep up the good work and stop in Greg’s Defenders blog once in a while.

  2. Mike Ashmore Says:

    Somewhat unfortunately, I stay in New Jersey. I’d like to check out some of the other stadiums in the Eastern League, but between doing this and covering the Atlantic League, I have very little time.

    Smith is on the Thunder DL as of now…

  3. LC Says:

    Thanks Mike.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Good idea…these kind of features are interesting and a nice change from the usual

    How do you pronounce Chase’s real name? See-burn? or Seh-burn?
    I’ve never seen that name before

    Also, are they trying to fish in the Delaware River? For some reason, I find that amusing 😀

  5. thunderbaseball Says:

    See-burn.

    And yeah, they’re trying to fish in the Delaware River. Who knows what they actually end up finding in there…

  6. Lynda Shapiro Says:

    I had the pleasure of chatting with Chase Wright last year as the team was getting ready to go on the road to clinch the title! Chase appeared with the jeans tucked INTO his cowboy boots. He said it was for “Good luck.” He sure looked like Woody from Toy Story!

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  9. David Dietrichson Says:

    Thank you for doing an interview with Chase. My sister married his uncle. Witch his name is also Sebern. I’ved lived in Iowa Park all my life but 6 years. We moved from up state New York back in 1974. I’m always checking the internet for things on Chase and how he is doing. And talk to some of his family members. I go to church with some of them So thank you for the interview with him please keep them coming. Is there any talk about him moving up again? Hope to hear from you again. Chase’s BIGGEST FAN
    David Dietrichson

  10. thunderbaseball Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the interview. Chase going up to Triple-A has been a possibility all season, but I’d imagine that a big league call-up might not happen again until September…

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    […] Chase Wright likes Bone Thugs N’ Harmony and Danity Kane, probably still thinks he can beat me in Madden with the Cowboys, and contends that zero percent of the interviews he gives don’t bring up the four straight home runs he gave up at Fenway Park last year. […]

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