So what’s it like actually being here as one of the guys playing in it?
“It’s definitely different than just being in the crowd. It’s not necessarily nerve-wracking, but it kind of gives me more of a want-to-do-better, because I am playing at home basically, playing in front of people that I know and having people come out to see me.”
Being a guy who like so many players in this tournament took the junior college route, what’s the biggest benefit of that? (Crain played two years at Rose State College in Midwest City).
“Just playing time. Some guys out of high school aren’t going to get the playing time at a four-year school. I went to a junior college and got 400 or 500 at bats, and I think it helped a lot to get that amount of at bats to really solidify the thing I needed to get better at.”
So what’s the biggest difference between juco and D-I?
“The little things. The emphasis on the little things is so much more in D-I because the level of competition is so much higher. It’s those little things that stand out so much more.”