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Get To Know: Eddie Mata

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY was an awesome experience. When I was 12 years old, my friends and I would go to the school yard and play stickball every day. We also played Little League baseball, too. At that age, I was watching television shows like Different Strokes and Who's the Boss?. I enjoyed watching movies too. I love being entertained, but then something hit my mind. I wanted to entertain people. I wanted to make people laugh. So when my mom came home from work, I told her I want to get into acting. She looked at me and told me to really think about it. She explained to me that if I wanted to get into acting then I would have to give up something big. Her words had me thinking and asking myself what would I have to give up. I then uttered the words to my mom, "NOT BASEBALL?!" My mom just looked at me nodding her head.

Imagine if I got into acting back then. I would have given up playing baseball, never would experience playing traveling baseball, high school baseball and college baseball. I love the game of baseball so much that if there was a program called baseball anonymous, I would never ever get out of that rehabilitation. My life right now as an actor consists of rejection on an everyday basis. Auditioning for roles is like getting into the batter's box. Let me explain. Pitcher throws the ball, batter reacts. Reader throws lines at you and you react with authenticity. You just don't know what's coming. Next thing you know you hit a pitch so perfectly, right on the screws, and a half second later it landed in someone’s leather glove and you're out. Just like as an actor nailing the part so perfectly and the next thing you know, the producers go with someone else.

Rejection is part of the game in acting. Failure is part of baseball. I balance my life with various activities. I love teaching kids how to hit baseballs very far. I give private batting lessons to kids that are 13 and under. Then to stay fit, I do Crossfit workouts at a Crossfit gym. In the summer time I play beach volleyball in Venice Beach. Got to have fun in life!

My favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees. I always dreamed as kid to play for the Yankees. I attended my first Yankee game in 1984, when Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield were battling for the A.L. batting title. I never made it to the Major Leagues. But when I got that phone call from the MLB Fan Cave, and they told me that they selected me to be a representative of the Yankees, I broke down into tears. It took me 36 years to make it to the Major Leagues as a Yankee. As to Yankee players and Yankee fans, "I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee" (Joe DiMaggio). One more note, I got the phone call at 2:08. Jeter+Yogi. 2+8=10x2=20+8=28 World Series Championship NY Yankees, 2012.

Follow Eddie on Twitter @EddieMata.

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY was an awesome experience. When I was 12 years old, my friends and I would go to the school yard and play stickball every day. We also played Little League baseball, too. At that age, I was watching television shows like Different Strokes and Who's the Boss?. I enjoyed watching movies too. I love being entertained, but then something hit my mind. I wanted to entertain people. I wanted to make people laugh. So when my mom came home from work, I told her I want to get into acting. She looked at me and told me to really think about it. She explained to me that if I wanted to get into acting then I would have to give up something big. Her words had me thinking and asking myself what would I have to give up. I then uttered the words to my mom, "NOT BASEBALL?!" My mom just looked at me nodding her head.

Imagine if I got into acting back then. I would have given up playing baseball, never would experience playing traveling baseball, high school baseball and college baseball. I love the game of baseball so much that if there was a program called baseball anonymous, I would never ever get out of that rehabilitation. My life right now as an actor consists of rejection on an everyday basis. Auditioning for roles is like getting into the batter's box. Let me explain. Pitcher throws the ball, batter reacts. Reader throws lines at you and you react with authenticity. You just don't know what's coming. Next thing you know you hit a pitch so perfectly, right on the screws, and a half second later it landed in someone’s leather glove and you're out. Just like as an actor nailing the part so perfectly and the next thing you know, the producers go with someone else.

Rejection is part of the game in acting. Failure is part of baseball. I balance my life with various activities. I love teaching kids how to hit baseballs very far. I give private batting lessons to kids that are 13 and under. Then to stay fit, I do Crossfit workouts at a Crossfit gym. In the summer time I play beach volleyball in Venice Beach. Got to have fun in life!

My favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees. I always dreamed as kid to play for the Yankees. I attended my first Yankee game in 1984, when Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield were battling for the A.L. batting title. I never made it to the Major Leagues. But when I got that phone call from the MLB Fan Cave, and they told me that they selected me to be a representative of the Yankees, I broke down into tears. It took me 36 years to make it to the Major Leagues as a Yankee. As to Yankee players and Yankee fans, "I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee" (Joe DiMaggio). One more note, I got the phone call at 2:08. Jeter+Yogi. 2+8=10x2=20+8=28 World Series Championship NY Yankees, 2012.

Follow Eddie on Twitter @EddieMata.