Getting to Know: Baseball Signee Ray Diaz

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –

Ray Diaz recently signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2013 to join the Cal State Northridge baseball program for the 2014-15 season.

He's a native of  Torrance, Calif., and is a right-handed pitcher. Diaz is a strong athletic pitcher from Torrance High School who also competes with the Garciaparra Baseball Group in the summers and fall. Diaz was voted All-League selection as a junior.

We sat down with Ray to learn a little more about him. Here is what we found:
 
What was your first impression of CSUN when you began to be recruited?
My first impression of CSUN was a good one, there were many different quality aspects that grabbed my attention right away. I would have to say the top three reasons for CSUN having a very good impression on me had to be 1) The amazing new coaching staff that had been brought in, 2) The fact that they were giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream which was to play Division I athletics, and 3) The proximity to home which was also great because my grandfather's dream of his was to see his grandson play college baseball.

What can you say about the Cal State Northridge Baseball coaching staff?
I can't say enough good things about them. Individually they have all had great success as coaches, but I think the best thing about his coaching staff is the fact that they're all great people. That is what really made me want to become a Matador.

What's your first memory of Cal State Northridge?
My first memory of CSUN was my campus visit. They showed me all of the different aspects across campus which opened my eyes to new things. I think that was one of the most memorable days of my life simply because later that day I had a conversation with Coach Moore about being recruited and that one moment made me realize that it was there for the taking, I just had to push myself even more and let the chips fall as they may.

What do you love most about the sport of baseball?
The game of baseball in itself I would have to say is my favorite thing. The way it continues to humble you, it keeps you going after perfection even though there's no such thing. In many sports if you are 3-for-10 you are below average, but not in baseball. This game teaches you so many life lessons.

If you weren't playing baseball, what sport(s) would you be playing?
If I didn't play baseball I'm not quite sure what sport I would be playing, but if I would have to choose one it would be football.

What kinds of things do you like to do away from the field?
Some of the things I like to do off the field include listening to music, working out, and enjoying my senior year.

When you attend CSUN, what do you intend to major in and why?
I intend on majoring in kinesiology. Kinesiology addresses physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms which I believe can be very useful for pitching. It also opens up job opportunities in the fitness industry that I would like to pursue.  

If professional baseball doesn't work out, what do you aspire to do after college?
I would prefer to do something with coaching, but if that does not pan out I would most likely try and become a physical trainer of some sort.

What's the best advice you've ever been given and by whom?
A great quote by the late great John Wooden. "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." These are the words I live by.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions? If so, what are they?
Before every game I go to a corner of the field, usually down the foul line and I say a prayer.  

If you could meet any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
If I could meet any 3 people they would be John Wooden, Nolan Ryan and Michael Jordan.

Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
My favorite athlete growing up was Vladimir Guerrero.

What is your favorite baseball team?
My favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Angels.

What sporting event would you most like to see the most?
I would like to see the College World Series from one of the dugouts!

What's the most important thing Cal State Northridge fans should know about you?
I pride myself on my hard work ethic and am very passionate about the game of baseball and I will try my best to get the Matadors to Omaha, Nebraska.