Spokane Indians pitcher Peter Fairbanks mixes education, mound work. Read story
Fairbanks, who was born in Milwaukee but moved to St. Louis as a 4-month-old, said he appreciates the shift from college ball to professional play.
"I like not having to go to class, put it that way," he said. "Coming out here every day and working on getting better, I love the day-in, day-out part of it. ... It's a welcome change."
He's a firm believer that knowledge can be transferred from school to the athletic field.
"You learn on the mound just like you learn in the classroom," Fairbanks said. "You just happen to be performing a physical activity while you learn. ... It’s more experimental than empirical, put it that way. … I overthought a ton my freshman and sophomore years (at Missouri). I eventually said, 'Forget it, I want to get away from the mechanical aspects and I want to learn by doing.' "
Fairbanks lights up when he talks about his adopted sister.
"She’s great," he said of 7-year-old Lia. "She’s a little diva. She likes to go to games to play with my girlfriend and some of my other friends, more than actually watching the game. .. She paid no attention to the game."