Aug 10, 2014 9:55 PM by Richie Melby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TUCSON - Every now and again we like to check in on former Arizona Wildcat athletes in their journey to professional sports. Andre Iguodala, Jim Furyk and even Jennie Finch come to mind. Recently, we have kept track of Nick Johnson, Aaron Gordon and Ka'Deem Carey. But we can't forget about the Bat Cats lone senior from 2014, James Farris.
"Being the only senior, it really was awkward honestly," Farris told News 4 earlier this summer.
32 athletes are listed on the Bat Cats online roster, only one, James Farris has the word "senior" next to his name. No surprise it was a bit awkward for Farris to be the old guy on the bus, but it wasn't all bad.
"They definitely looked up to me this year and hopefully I taught them something," he said. "Hopefully they got something out of this year."
There's no denying the disappointing season posted by the Wildcats, just two years removed from a national title. But look past the wins and losses to the stats, and it was a step the right direction for Farris as an individual.
"It's been the first time we've had to deal with (losing), at least for me. But it was nice to see that I got better. I saw me get better," he said.
"I learned that in rough times you have to go through adversity to get better even though the results might not show."
They certainly did show in Farris' final start in a Wildcat uniform. The righty recorded his ninth career complete game and hurled the100th strikeout of his senior campaign in front of a standing ovation by the Hi Corbett faithful.
"That's pretty much what I've learned is that we go nine innings. There is no pitch limit," Farris said.
There is also no limit on support from the Wildcat faithful and the Zona Zoo. Pitching in front of the thousands of fans opened Farris' eyes and is a memory that will stick with him forever.
"It was a culture shock or I guess a sports shock you could say," he recalled, "but it was amazing, the fan support is awesome in Tucson. I'm definitely privileged to have been here and it's an opportunity that coach Lopez gave me that I will never forget."