Feb. 27, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
NavySports.com closes out the Senior Spotlight series with infielder Dylan Wheeler. The native of Novato, Calif., talks about the camaraderie of the senior class as well as his favorite baseball movie.
Now that the season has started, does it feel like your senior year?
"It's really weird, especially to think we only have around 50 games left. At the same time, nothing has changed. We still want to go out and win every day like we have the past couple of years and hopefully get back to where we were a couple years ago.
"All of us seniors are now thinking that we're going through some things now for the last time."
What is the best advice you've received over the course of your baseball career?
"There is a lot of good advice I've received. But always work hard because there is someone behind you that is pushing you to try and take your spot. Work hard because there is always someone out there working as hard as you."
Talk about the advice you can give younger players?
"I definitely try to instill all the knowledge I can. Being the only senior in the middle of the infield now, I'm just trying to do what ever I can to help the younger guys, even if it means I'm not on the field. If they are on the field, I want to give them all the knowledge I have, so when the play happens, they're ready for it. I'm always trying to help them out even if it's something small or mental."
What are some of your best memories as part of the Navy baseball program?
"I would definitely say the road trips. The camaraderie that you build on road trips, the day-in and day-out grind, the struggles you have, and overcoming those struggles, really brings you together. The closeness we have now as a senior class dates back to when we were plebes. The experience we had as a sophomore class was great - nothing brings you closer than winning a championship. That was a lot of fun.
"I think our class and our team is closer than any of our teams have been in the past. I don't know why, but the team chemistry is great and everyone is a lot closer than in the past few years, for whatever reason. It's really cool."
Do you have a favorite baseball movie?
"I love Major League. It's one of my favorite movies. It's definitely up there in my top movies - not just sports movies."
Talk about your service selection and what you'll be doing after graduation.
"My service selection is Navy pilot, so I'll be going to Pensacola, Fla., after graduation. I'm really excited to get down there and learn how to fly."
If you had the opportunity to choose, what type of aircraft would you like to fly?
"Right off the bat, I would say jets. But, I'm also looking into the P-3 community."