Megan Zahneis

LoMo's love of the game came early

Meggie: LoMo's love of the game came early

LoMo's love of the game came early
According to Miami Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison's Twitter account, "To know me is to tweet with me." Or, in this case, to know Morrison is to interview him.

Speaking of Twitter, Morrison had a few words on that subject.

"It's something we should embrace," Morrison said. "It's a good thing and shouldn't be feared. People should look at [Twitter] as, 'This is cool. This is a way to relate to someone I would never get to talk to [otherwise].'"

Morrison also said he likes the rebranding of the Marlins this offseason.

"I think the people have embraced it," he said. "The fans have embraced it. I see them bringing hats around and new shirts, and people seem to like it."

Because of the team's rebranding and brand new Marlins Park, the spotlight has been on Miami since the season began. Morrison is aware of this.

"We got guys in this lineup that are capable of producing and getting the job done as long as they don't try to do too much," Morrison said. "You know, as long as we stay within ourselves, we'll be coming out on top."

For Morrison, love of the game came early.

"I always wanted to be a baseball player from the time I was little," Morrison said. "I can remember telling my parents that. And they never let me forget it. When you get to be 13 or 14 and all these distractions come into it, they never let the distractions overcome what I wanted to do."

Logan's father, Tom Morrison, who passed away of lung cancer several years ago, had such an impact on his son that he was inspired to start his own charity. The proceeds from LoMo's Camp for the Cure go to the American Lung Association.

"My dad would say, 'You want to be known as a good baseball player, but you also want to be known as a good person,' " Morrison said.

Morrison's favorite part of being a professional baseball player is the traveling.

"Getting to see new cities and getting to see things I wouldn't go see usually," said Morrison.

And as for LoMo's least favorite part?

"I don't know what my least favorite part is," he said. "Maybe the grind. Maybe playing every day."

Morrison paused, then continued with a grin: "But it's a lot better than flipping burgers or something!"

Morrison also dished on the essential qualities one needs to play pro ball.

"Dedication, work ethic and passion," Morrison said. "I think if you have those three things, it will get you through a lot of things that talent can't replace. If you have all the talent in the world and you don't have those three things, you're not going to make it in the big leagues."

Asked for his advice to kids who want to play baseball, Morrison had an equally wise answer.

"When times get tough and you're in a little slump," he said, "always remember that you can work through those things. And the sun will come up tomorrow."

Advice, it seems, that would apply to not just baseball, but life as well.

Meggie Zahneis, winner of the 2011 Breaking Barriers essay contest, earned the job of youth correspondent for in the fall of '11. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.