A first team All-SEC selection in 2008, very few players have made the kind of strides senior centerfielder David Macias made during his four years at Vanderbilt. A recent graduate with a degree in sociology, Macias closed his career with a bang. After tallying just one home run in the first three years of his career, Macias hit nine homers in 2008. The Woodlands, Texas, native also led the team in batting average (.356) and hits (96), while climbing to seventh all-time in school history with 255 career hits. Originally signed by Coach Tim Corbin as a shortstop, Macias’ versatility enabled him to be drafted in the 19th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
On earning first team All-SEC honors
I thought it was a great honor. The SEC is one of the best conferences in the country in baseball, and the fact that the coaches have that kind of respect for how I play means a lot.
On graduating with a degree in sociology this past May
It felt so great. Looking back to freshman year, I thought the day would never come. I had to take a lot of hours these past two years to get it done, and it is a good feeling.
On his success this past season
A lot of it is experience. It (was) my third year starting, and after a couple of years, you learn new things and everything starts to click. You see so much that everything just comes natural to you, and it becomes a lot easier than it was my first year. Also, working with Erik Bakich on my hitting has obviously helped a lot.
On his spike in home runs
I guess I can’t explain (my power surge). My swing has gotten better, and I’m more comfortable up there hitting. I don’t know how I got so many more home runs, but I know my focus helped me out, and hard work paid off.
On being one of the top defensive players in the SEC
I take a lot of pride in my defense. I treat batting practice like I would a game by running full speed and making diving catches, so come game time, it just comes easier and it just comes naturally.
On if he’d rather make a game-saving catch or hit a walk-off home run
I’ve never hit a walk-off home run, so I’d say walk-off home run. Although, it would be awesome to make a diving catch in the gap to save the game.
On being known as the “energy guy” on the team
I enjoy the fact that my coaches and my teammates call me that guy. Then again, it puts pressure on me, but I like the pressure. I’m (was) just the leadoff guy and I (tried) to get on base and let the big guys behind me drive me in.
On if he felt as though that was his responsibility as the leadoff hitter
I think so. It is the first hitter of every game and the leadoff hitter can actually set the tempo for the game. Absolutely, as the leadoff guy, you are in position to be the rally starter, and I just try to do my best at it and try to get on base no matter what it takes.
On moving to the outfield after being recruited as a shortstop
I was willing to do whatever it took to get me on the field. I played wide receiver in high school, so running after a fly ball kind of came easy to me. I was playing shortstop all fall, and then one day (Corbin) told me to go out to center field. I made a diving catch, and he just stuck me out there ever since.
On shifting back to the infield at the next level
I think if I ever have an opportunity to play at the next level, I would probably be a better infielder than outfielder. If I do have that opportunity to play some more baseball, I think I have the ability to play a number of positions and hopefully that will help me out.