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Jul '10 16

Interview with Boris Marche, Rouen Huskies



Jakub Janda did another interview, this time with Boris Marche of the French Elite League club Rouen Huskies. The catcher also is a member of the French National Team and will take part in the upcoming European Championship.

Boris MarcheBoris Marche

  • 29 year-old catcher/third baseman
  • French national team member
  • Rouen Huskies – French Elite League

Jakub Janda: Boris, give us a brief look at your baseball career.

Boris Marche: I am playing for the Rouen Huskies for 13 years now. I played two years of junior college in California in 2001 and 2002. I am a member in the national team since 1999.

JJ: You debuted in the national team as an 18-year old, playing the French league since you 17s. Do you feel that this early career debuts has enhanced your baseball abilities, improved your talent?

BM: Yes, it really did because it is always good to play at more challenging level. I don’t consider myself as a talented player, I really believe that all the hard work built me as a player, and I am very proud of that.

JJ: In 2002 you played college ball in the USA. How was it like? Did it improve you as a player?

BM: I really did enjoy my time in the country where baseball is the national pastime. I learned the right way to play the game, giving 100% everytime I come to the field.

JJ: Do you feel more like a third baseman or as a catcher? What difference do you see between those positions?

BM: Catcher is my position, that is what I do better.

JJ: You have been working for the France 24 TV channel, providing analysis about MLB baseball. How did you get such a job, do you like that?

BM: France 24 just contacted last year through the president of our team. I really enjoyed doing that, watching the world series at 3 in the morning taking notes. That was a great experience.

Borismarche_pekinJJ: What do you expect of the French team at the European Championship? What would you consider a success?

BM: Our goal is to win every game we play. We’ll see the result at the end.

JJ: Please, give us an insight on French baseball scene.

BM: This year’s championship is tougher than it as been. We have better foreign players than last year. Teams like Montpellier and Savigny have improved and Rouen is again a very strong team.

JJ: What has been your baseball dream? Has it come through?

BM: My dream was as every player to play professionnal baseball. It hasn’t come through but baseball as brought so many good things in my life. The friends I met, the teammates, the competition, the travels… Baseball has been a big contribution for what I am now as a person and I feel really lucky that I am playing this wonderful game.

Thank you for your time.
Jakub Janda
Jandis(at)volny.cz




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