Here we sit just 17 days away from YOUR Boise Hawks Opening Day. A time when fans start to get curious as to who we will have on our roster, and a time that we have no certain answers. However, we can introduce you to the Hawks new trainer, James “Toby” Williams, or as we’ve adopted from Host Family Coordinator, Jeanette Kirkpatrick, “Toby the Trainer.”
Get to know a little about Toby with the first Run Down of the season below.
Name: James “Toby” Williams
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
College: Auburn University
CG: To get started, do you have a Twitter account that our fans can follow?
TW: Fortunately for everyone, I am not a tweeter.
CG: Did you always want to be a trainer or did you grow up with other dreams?
TW: My brother and I had a foolproof plan to play third base and shortstop together in the big leagues. Athletic training is really just a job to tide me over until he and I are given the opportunity to realize that dream.
CG: Why did you ultimately decide to be a trainer, what interests you in this field?
TW: I was heavily involved in different sports growing up, so the job has a natural appeal to me. Going into college I knew I wanted to get into something science/health related, but I didn’t want to be a doctor, I knew I didn’t want to work a traditional office job, and I wanted to do something I knew I would enjoy for a long time. Athletic training seemed to fit the bill at the time and I’m glad I got into it.
CG: What has your career looked like up until this point? Have you worked for other teams? … in college?
TW: I spent several years in school and doing different internships. I decided to get serious about a career in Minor League Baseball while I was working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Auburn University in 2012. I was fortunate enough to be hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Atlanta Braves after I finished at Auburn, which gave me the experience I needed to take a staff position here with the Cubs.
CG: Was this your first season at Spring Training? How was your experience?
TW: This was my first year at Spring Training with the Cubs, but not my first Spring Training. It’s always a little crazy in the Spring, but I always look forward to baseball starting back up. It’s also the only time our entire athletic training staff has a chance to work together out of the same facility with the same players, so we have a lot of fun.
Interesting Facts about Toby:
1) Most embarrassing song on his iPod: Nothing Compares 2U – Sinead O’Connor
2) Favorite movie line to quote: Pretty much anything from the movie Anchorman.
3) Hobbies: Keeping the team healthy is his main priority but when he gets the chance Toby loves hiking, fishing, music, and any sport with a ball.
4) Favorite quote: He has several favorites from multiple people that all boil down to one thing, be better today than you were yesterday.
We will dig a little deeper with Toby this season but hopefully this lets you into his world a little bit before meeting him at the ballpark!