FIBI Q and A with Texas native Jackson Penshorn, whose grandfather was from Freeport
The Freeport International Baseball Invitational represents something of a full-circle experience for Jackson Penshorn.
Although the 15-year-old rising sophomore hails from Azle, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, his grandfather was from Freeport and played at James Swartz Memorial Field, where Jackson practiced with his Tri-Con Roos team Monday evening. His grandfather died in 2015.
Jackson will play in the FIBI for the second consecutive summer making his debut in 2015.
Q: What brings you back to the invitational?
A: Family. My grandfather played on this field a long, long time ago, and I definitely like that tradition, that feel, the vibe. He passed away, so it's like I'm keeping it going.
Q: What high school sports do you play?
A: Baseball and basketball. It's so hard to decide (which I like more). My brother ended up playing baseball his whole high school career. My dad played baseball his whole high school career. My grandfather played baseball his whole career. I'm kind of the little oddball that's still going with basketball.
Q: What are your positions?
A: Baseball I try to stay in the outfield. I catch a little bit. It's not my best thing. I haven't pitched in a while. Basketball, I play shooting guard, point guard or small forward.
Q: What's better, hitting a big 3 or a home run?
A: I don't have the power to hit it over the fence, but I like getting that clutch hit. But the clutch 3 is always nice, too.
Q: Favorite sports team?
A: The Boston Red Sox. I grew up loving David Ortiz when I was like 4 years old, Big Papi. He finally retired, so I've got to stick with the team.
Q: What's your favorite thing about Texas?
A: I like the food. I like the really good Tex-Mex and even the authentic Mexican food. The food's not bad up here. It's just a different experience.
Q: What's your go-to order?
A: Enchiladas. Beef enchiladas. Second is nachos, but I have to have meat on those nachos, like brisket or something, to make it worth it.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: “Field of Dreams.”
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: “The Office.” I like Jim a lot and the pranks on Dwight. I finally finished watching that for the second time all the way through.
Q: Dream vacation spot?
A: I want to go to Boston. I want to spend a long time (and see) the Northeast, Washington, D.C., but especially Boston.
Q: Is this the furthest north you've been?
A: I went to the Baseball Hall of Fame (in Cooperstown, N.Y.) a while back. I loved that. I spent a whole day there, got there in the middle of the night the night before, woke up in the morning, when the doors opened I was there, and after that we just spent the whole day.
Q: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
A: I'd love to fly. Get rid of those airplanes. Get rid of that flying experience I had to experience (Monday) morning.
Q: Least favorite chore?
A: I don't like washing the dishes because then you get wet. I don't know. It's just one of those things. I'll take out the trash because you have the trash can and can hold it off to your side. You can get that done pretty quick. We don't have the longest driveway. Washing the dishes is kind of my thing. We have four people, so that's a lot of dishes.
Q: Pepsi or Coke?
Q: Twitter or Facebook?
Q: SnapChat or Instagram?
Q: Chocolate or vanilla?
Q: Cats or dogs?
A: Dogs, definitely. I have a really not-good allergy to cats, too. I don't like cats to begin with, and dogs are just so much better to me.
Q: Cake or pie?
A: Pie. I like apple pie.