Jemile Weeks is the younger brother of Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. Heâ€™s also the highest (12th overall 2008) Oakland Athletics draft pick to play for the Kane County Cougars as well as the most prominent Aâ€™s draft pick since Barry Zito. (9th overall in 1999) Weeks skipped his senior season at the University of Miami to sign with the Aâ€™s for a $1.9 million singing bonus. He hit .363 and went 22 of 23 in stolen base attempts during his final collegiate season. The All-American and All-ACC pick led the Miami Hurricanes to the top overall seed in the College World Series. Unfortunately, his big experience playing at historic Wrigley Field did not go well. He led off the game with a grounder to first, landed on first base funny, injured a hip flexor and missed the rest of the game.
On how hectic his first day as a professional baseball player wasâ€¦
JW: In Oakland I woke up, jumped on the plane, headed over here on a little car ride and got to playing.
Kind of crazy, Iâ€™m in a little bit of a rush, but I came out here to play, so they put me in the lineup. I just started early. Whatever, I went out there to play my game. I appreciate their fitting me in. That was great, a great feeling to go out there. You know hopefully if I play well I thought maybe Iâ€™d get out there as soon as possible but itâ€™s just a great feeling, a great opportunity to be out there to play with the big guys.
Â On what he told his brother (#2 overall draft pick in 2003) about his first gameâ€¦
JW: Say I got out there, wasnâ€™t really getting my feet wet yet, but I just got out there and went out to play the best way that I could. You know a little more preparation for the next game and I should be better. Just tell him I got my feet wet. Got out there and got my first game in so that was good.
PMB: Did your brother give you any special advice?
JW: Just keep doing what I been doing. Donâ€™t change. Donâ€™t fix it if itâ€™s not broke. Just keep doing what Iâ€™ve been doing.
On what he needs to work on to develop his gameâ€¦
JW: Iâ€™m the kind of guy I feel my ability. I feel like I can hit right away. Today was a little bit of a struggling day for me. I feel like Iâ€™m gonna come around and Iâ€™m gonna do a lot better. Itâ€™s not one of those things, I just look at the game as just a game. It doesnâ€™t change me. Iâ€™m gonna go out there with the same mindset.
PMB: Your last game was in the College World Series, how different was this experience?
JW: I havenâ€™t really seen pitches like that in two weeks. Last time I played like a live game. A little bit different but basically itâ€™s still baseball to me, the same game. Just have to go out there and have the mindset like that.