Southridge Grad "Moose" Mattair Ready For His Shot With PhilliesPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- As the Philadelphia Phillies try and battle their way back in the World Series, one Southridge Grad is trying to fight his way through the Phillies minor league system.
The Phillies had their sights set on him from the beginning. Travis Mattair, the baseball product out of Southridge High became a member of the Philadelphia organization on June 7th, 2007. At the time he was only 18-years-old and credited his early success and good fortune to his father.
"He got me started," said Mattair. "His arm is torn up, his shoulder is all messed up from throwing me ball after ball after ball and I thank him for that."
The competitive spirit came from his brother, Tyler, who had a tremendous impact on not only his passion for baseball but his development through unusual methods.
"We'd have a broom stick and we'd wrap up a tennis ball and we'd throw it at each other as hard as we could in the strike zone.," said Mattair. "Our hand-eye coordination got so much better by doing that kind of stuff with each other. I'd really give a lot of credit to my brother Tyler for giving me that hand-eye coordination."
What his brother could not prepare him for was missing family, friends, and coaches.
"You never get over that home sick feeling," said Mattair. "You always have that in the back of your mind when you're asleep in your hotel rooms, in different cities, and different states." Despite the distance, he still continues to ask for advice from former coaches as he climbs the minor league ladder from Low A to high A ball this spring.
"Tim Sanders is the guy I call most of the time when I'm on my highs, my lows, calling him and texting him," said Mattair. "He's either slapping me around a little bit to get me back to focus or telling me to stay even keel."
This past year in Low A, if only for a short while, his locker was next to Phillies World Series Game 6 starter, Pedro Martinez. Pedro is an inspiration to Travis and like the Phillies pitcher, he too would like to be an All-Star some day.
"Once I make it, I want to be there as soon as I can so 4 1/2 years, we'll say 5," said Mattair. "5 years straight up, you'll see me in an All-Star game," said Mattair.