HE may be a world away from home, but Perth Heat import Jordan Qsar has taken to his current surroundings like a duck to water.
While Western Australia is a 20 hour flight from the United States, the Tampa Bay Rays prospect has made a seamless transition to life down under.
The San Diego native said Perth reminded him of his home town, which had helped him settle in to his new surroundings almost straight away.
“It’s a similar kind of city compared to Perth, it’s a little hotter here, but the same kind of atmosphere,” he said.
“It doesn’t get above 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit (21-26 degrees Celsius) there and it’s by the water.
“Back home, I live 25 minutes inland from the water, so it gets up around 95 degrees Farenheit (35 degrees Celcius), I’m used to it, it’s a dry heat.”
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A coffee aficionado, Qsar admitted he had been impressed by the Perth coffee scene, which had satisfied his need for caffeine.
“I’ve been trying a bunch of coffee shops, I’ve been trying to hit a different one every so often, that’s been the best part so far.”
“I love going to cafes, in downtown San Diego we have a good amount of them.”
Having never stepped foot in the country prior to his arrival, Qsar said he jumped at the chance when Tampa Bay offered it to him.
“The Rays mentioned to me about coming out here and I was excited, I told them I’d love to.
“I always thought of it as an opportunity to play baseball and spend time in a country I don’t know whether I would have come to.”
His quick adaption to Perth has translated to his performance with the Heat and super-charged batting has made an immediate impact.
Heading into Round 5, Qsar leads the league in on-base percentage (.537) and has the second-most runs (15), while turning in a team-best batting average of .380.
“The way I play is not getting too high on the good moments or too low on the bad moments,” he said.
“The biggest thing for me is being consistent every game, trying to find that balance of showing up every game.”
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Qsar said he knew nothing about Australian baseball when he arrived, but had quickly come to appreciate the ABL’s quality compared to the American minor leagues.
“The biggest difference (between Australia and the USA) is the velocity. In the States, there’s guys throwing harder, but you have more guys who don’t know how to pitch.
“In this league, there’s a lot of guys who have been pitching for a while, they’ll see the type of swing you take and know how to attack you. There’s more of a veteran-type atmosphere out here.”