Off-the-shelf questions for your postgame interviews

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When I was on ESPN Radio, I used to hate when my producer Jason McBride would pop into my headset and say, “We have so-and-so on from the baseball game. They just won 3-1.”

Great. What am I supposed to ask the guy? I didn’t see the game – I was on the air!

Tired of getting caught unprepared, I put together some standard, off-the-shelf questions. Most of them aren’t very insightful, but at least they can get the interview started. From there, you can spontaneously ask more thoughtful questions based upon the answers you receive.

17 ready-made post game interview questions:

What was your approach on that critical at-bat?
What pitch did you hit?
What was the turning point?
How have you hit against this pitcher in the past?
How do you get ready to pinch hit?
What kind of stuff did (your starting pitcher) have tonight?
What is your scouting report on (the winning pitcher)?
What wasn’t working for (the opponent’s starting pitcher)?
When you get into a tense situation, what do you think about to stay relaxed?
How did coach feel at the half?
When you were down X points, how did the team stay positive?
Which of your teammates step into leadership roles in those situations?
What has fueled your improvement as the season has progressed?
(Related) What parts of your game have you worked to improve as the season has progressed?
How important is it to get on top early?
How do you adjust to the speed (or talent) of the pro game? (For a rookie)
How do you compare the last few weeks to the way your team started the season?

What off-the-shelf questions would you add to this list?

3 Comments

  1. Tony Solorzano

    I’d probably add, “what was the turning point for you that put the game in hand?” or “what kind of adjustments did you make to insure a comeback like that?”
    Yeah, they sound cliche but considering you’re going to need to go off the cuff and fast, they never fail to get something out of a coach or player instrumental in the victory

  2. Will DeBoer

    I think they key is finding questions that may be canned but don’t sound it. Those first four are familiar, but they change for every situation and actually bring out good information.
    The ones to avoid are leading questions that have obvious answers like “How big was this win?” Unless the guy says “The size of a whale but not a blue whale” it’s going to sound forced. Let the interview go where the athlete takes it instead of where you want it.

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