Outtakes with Jason Heyward

Kenny Mayne sits down for a few minutes with the Braves rookie phenom

Updated: June 7, 2010, 12:14 PM ET
By Kenny Mayne | ESPN The Magazine

The following interview appears in the June 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireJason Heyward continues to live up to his "once-in-a-decade prospect" hype.

KM: When you hit a homer in your first big league at-bat, what went through your head? Were you thinking about family and friends and your path and being from Atlanta?
JH: Not at all. None of it hit me until a week and a half later, because I was focused and it was game time. Once I get on the field, I'm playing baseball -- and that helps me stay sane when there are so many other things going on off the field. So for that at-bat, I went up to the plate, said, "Let's play some baseball," and enjoyed it. I'll never forget it.

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Kenny Mayne

Kenny Mayne -- known for his offbeat style, dry humor and unique sayings -- has served a variety of roles in more than 10 years with ESPN. He currently provides features to SportsCenter and "The Mayne Event" segments to Sunday NFL Countdown.