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The 'other' Max Brown | Reporter Q and A

Bellevue College outfielder Max Brown hopes to help the Bulldogs to an NWAACC title in the spring.  - Courtesy photo, Rick Dworkis, Bellevue College
Bellevue College outfielder Max Brown hopes to help the Bulldogs to an NWAACC title in the spring.
— image credit: Courtesy photo, Rick Dworkis, Bellevue College

Max Brown is not who you think he is. The sophomore outfielder for coach Mark Yoshino and the Bellevue College Bulldogs knows he has a familiar name in the sports community on the Eastside, sharing the moniker with the nation's top-ranked quarterback from Skyline High School. But that isn't stopping him from making his own way in the world of sports. Brown, a Mount Si graduate and former 3A state baseball champion with the Wildcats, recently returned from playing with Team New Zealand in World Baseball Classic qualifying. While the Kiwis came up one win short of a spot in the worldwide tournament, Brown had the experience of a lifetime and took some time with the Reporter to talk about traveling around the world, crossing the street in Taiwan and winning the NWAACC title.

BELLEVUE REPORTER: Were you born in New Zealand, or have you ever lived there?

MAX BROWN: No, my dad was the one who was born there. I have grandparents, cousins and an aunt there. I was there three other times before this.

REPORTER: How did you get connected to try out for the WBC team?

BROWN: There was another kid from Bellevue who was from New Zealand at the teriyaki place up the road, and he knew my dad was from New Zealand and told me to check it out. He called the guy who was in charge and I talked to him. He wanted my information and the rest was kind of history.

REPORTER: What was the process like once you decided to try out for the team?

BROWN: We were in New Zealand for 10 or 11 days. The workouts weren't anything to kill us, we were just getting to know each other. We went to Australia for a week and played teams there. That was when we really started coming together and when we got to Taiwan we were just clicking.

REPORTER: What was the best part of the international baseball experience?

BROWN: Definitely representing New Zealand, hearing that National Anthem. Their rugby team does the Haka and we had a local Maori create a Haka for baseball. All the moves and words were baseball-oriented. That was the best part, getting the crowd fired-up and staring the other team down.

REPORTER: What was one unique experience you had abroad?

BROWN: Taiwan was a whole other world. There were so many people. Crossing the street, you had to dodge traffic because they're not stopping for you. The different food and just everything there was the most fun part.

REPORTER: Were there any noticeable differences in the international game?

BROWN: It's still baseball. All the stuff the coaches were teaching us, it wasn't anything I have never heard. At the end of the day it's still the same game.

REPORTER: What are your hopes for the college season?

BROWN: We definitely want to win the NWAACC title. We had all the talent in the world last year and we just couldn't pull it together in the end. We have a young team this year and we're just looking for the ones that will step up. I'm still keeping my options open. Schools are starting to call and scouts are talking to me. As of now, I don't know what I'm doing yet but I definitely want to play.

REPORTER: What would you tell someone in a similar position as you were in terms of having an opportunity to play with an international team?

BROWN: I would tell them to look into it. It was an experience I'll remember for the rest of my life. The different places and getting to play with new people, some of them I will be friends with the rest of my life.

REPORTER: Do you know Skyline quarterback Max Browne?

BROWN: I don't know him personally, but I get a lot of friend requests on Facebook. I get coaches trying to talk to me. A couple times, I've messed with them and pretended to be him. I told them, "I'm ready to come and start, coach."

Contact and submissions: jsuman@bellevuereporter.com

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