Okey never gives less than his best effort

Pensacola Blue Wahoos catcher Chris Okey has never been one to give less than 100 percent.

“That all came from growing up and my parents driving to travel ball tournaments. If they were going to make those two hour-plus trips, they wanted to see me play hard, and that’s something that has stayed with me,” Okey said. “If I’m going to do something, I might as well do it 100 percent. I’m always going to hustle and play hard.”

That includes those days when he feels like taking it a little easy. But that wouldn’t be fair to the fans.

“It’s easy on a Sunday afternoon game to not run out a ground ball or a fly ball, but there is always someone watching you,” Okey said. “The fans want to see you play hard.”

His willingness to go all-out with effort helped shape his ironman reputation and earned him the honor of having his name called on draft day in 2016. He was taken in the second round – No. 43 overall – by the Cincinnati Reds.

Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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