Cameron Carmen is a journalism student at Montclair State University, and the former Egg Harbor Township High School ice hockey player is a new correspondent for South Jersey Glory Days. He recently talked to EHT 2022 baseball catcher Tristin Trivers about Tristin’s high school career and what is next on the horizon.
Cameron: What have you been up to this summer?
Tristin: I moved to Orlando, Fla., right after graduation with my family. I’m going to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Before then I was playing summer ball in Ocean City and played about five games there and had a ton of fun before I left.”
Cameron: What’s your favorite Major League Baseball team?
Tristin: It’s always been the Phillies, just because where I grew up and my family being fans. I used to go to games with my grandfather.
Cameron: Who do you try to model your game after?
Tristin: I always liked J.T. Realmuto. It might be because he’s on my favorite team. I like the way he holds himself on the field. I try to learn from that and he’s one of the best catchers in the league.
Cameron: What are you most excited for going into college?
Tristin: Meeting new people. I really want to make new connections. I want to start my own business. I don’t know what it’s going to be yet but it’s a rich area and there are lots of opportunities.
Cameron: What made you pick Florida Atlantic University?
Tristin: I toured the campus and it’s a very nice campus. I like the area and they have what I want to study. I’m going for finance.
Cameron: Did you play any other sports besides baseball growing up?
Tristin: Basketball and street hockey.
Cameron: What made you want to be a catcher?
Tristin: Early on I was playing for the Muckdogs and they didn’t have a catcher and people were scared to be behind the plate, so I said I would do it. I was around 11 or 12 years old . It’s a hard position but it’s very rewarding. You’re always involved in the play and you’re the quarterback on the field. I like being in control. I like being a leader. I don’t want to be a follower.
Cameron: Do you have any pregame or pre-at-bat rituals?
Tristin: Not many pregame rituals, but I do like to listen to music before I go out there, and I even like to listen to motivational speeches. I think baseball is a big mental game and before I step in (to the batter’s box) I need to think that I’m the best. I need to say, ‘this is my plate and you’re not throwing that ball by me.’
Cameron: What changes did you make from last year to this past spring?
Tristin: I worked out a lot with weights and went to (Johnny Monell’s Second-To-None baseball academy) 4-to-5 times a week for 3-to-4 hours just training. I put on some muscle and ate right. I would say the physical changes were the main ones, with a little bit of mindset changes.
Cameron: You hit three home runs this season. For anyone who has never hit a home run, describe what that feeling is like.
Tristin: I would say that’s the best feeling in the world — that’s what makes me keep coming back. You know as soon as you hit that baseball it’s gone, and trotting around the bases saying ‘did I really just do that?’ I wouldn’t trade that for anything. It’s a similar feeling to throwing someone out as a catcher — you’re helping your team and that’s great.
Cameron: What clicked for the EHT baseball team this year?
Tristin: I think it’s all about relationships with your team. Every weekend we would go out and get a bite to eat and hang out. It brings the team together which is very important. You need a bond with your pitchers and everyone on the field.
Cameron: There were 11 seniors on this year’s team. How close were all of you and how is the team looking for next year with that many players graduating?
Tristin: We were all close. I have been playing with these kids since I was about 8 years old. We are very, very close. Next year we have some great players like Jacob Cagna, Jason Salisbury, Justin Sweeney, Cameron Flukey. I think they will have another successful year.
Cameron: What changes are you making this offseason to prepare for your first college season?
Tristin: I think it’s all mental. I have the skills and the build. I just have to believe I’m the best player on the field and I know I can hang in there. I know I can compete at the next level, you just have to put the work in. When you’re not putting in the work, someone else is. You can’t get the results without putting in the work.
For more from Cameron Carmen, follow him on Twitter @ccarmbballnews