What is your favorite baseball memory in Georgetown?
By far, winning the state championship (last year) was the coolest part. I know this would be a common answer, but this is the best thing that has happened in my baseball career. Seeing the whole community support you was really great.
Do you have any baseball rituals or superstitions?
One weird thing I do is wear socks with my uniform first. I don’t know if it’s a ritual, but I’ve always done it that way. It’s a strange thing and I can’t get past it.
What are you most looking forward to from your senior season?
I’d honestly say that’s the goal that comes from winning the state championship and trying to win another one. I’m looking forward to playing competitively in a new area with some teams we’ve never seen before.
Has baseball taught you any lessons that you apply in your daily life?
I try to work on the little details and make sure the little things get done right. Right down to shaving your face and grooming your hair. This had a positive effect on me in the way I went through school. I know it will show up later when I have to deal with adult things, but it prepares me for what the world will be like.
I hear you have exciting plans for next year.
I just decided to play at Tyler Junior College. I’m excited about this opportunity. I’m happy that I can be in this situation.
If you could have lunch with four people in the history of the world, who would it be?
By far my number one was my grandfather (Don Jondal) who passed away when I was very young. Then I would name Abraham Lincoln and Babe Ruth. Finally, Nolan Ryan, because I was named after him.
Why is your grandfather?
He raised my father (Grant) and my father was one of the biggest role models in my life. I would like to see what he did and talking to him one on one would be really great.
Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I learned how to cut my hair. I tried a few of my teammates who let me. Some of them won’t let me in because they like their hair too much.
What do you consider the greatest invention of mankind?
Probably light. You use it in everyday things. It’s all around you.
What was your favorite vacation?
When I was 12, my parents took me and my brother (Carter) to Hawaii. We used to live in California and traveled to Hawaii from time to time. They took us to the Aulani Resort, kind of like a Disney place. Hawaii is one of the coolest places I’ve been to. Swimming with different fish and snorkeling was pretty cool.
If you had a choice: become an honor student in your class or become an all-state baseball player, which would you choose?
Oh. I would say nationwide. A farewell performance would have been an amazing accomplishment, but being a state baseball player would have been a huge honor. Everyone who plays baseball at a high level dedicates a large part of his life to it. If you can be successful all over the state, especially in a state like Texas where there is talent everywhere, that’s an amazing accomplishment.
What is your most favorite movie?
It should be Star Wars. This is probably the first film that I watched only with my father. He will wait until everyone is in bed. I remember it clearly, sitting on the couch with him. We must have watched it a million times.