Catching up with: Former Dowling star, MLB player Matt Macri

Catching up with: Former Dowling star, MLB player Matt Macri

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Catching up with: Former Dowling star, MLB player Matt Macri

The former multi-sport athlete for West Des Moines Dowling Catholic quarterbacked the Maroons’ football team to its first state championship in 2000, beating Bettendorf 35-28 in the final. When it came to college, Macri shifted his focus to baseball, accepting a scholarship to Notre Dame. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies and made his MLB debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2008.

What are you doing now?

“I am in Chicago. Lived here just about five years. My wife (Megan) and I got engaged and have been living here ever since. I’m back at Notre Dame, finishing up my senior year, finally. It’s about an hour and a half from my place in Chicago to my place in South Bend. I drive there for the week, for classes, and then come back.”

What did it mean to win a state title at Dowling?

“My dad (Mike Jr.) was on the first Dowling team to lose the state title (in 1972). So growing up, that’s all I heard — how they were the best team, but they didn’t finish the way they wanted to. So did my friends. We always heard once you get to the state championship game, keep playing the way you do.

“I remember I took the last snap, I kneeled down, I turned around and the crowd was going nuts. Finally winning one for the entire Dowling community was a great accomplishment.” A lot of my teammates, all of my friends, we knew what it meant.”

What do you remember about your MLB debut, May 24, 2008?

“I remember every single second of it. It was exactly how I pictured it. I was at third base. Obviously, there were some nerves. The first ball I got was hit by (Detroit’s) Miguel Cabrera. Just a little chopper I fielded. Looking back at the video it’s kind of funny, I basically double tapped in my glove a few times just to make sure I had the ball. I threw it to first, and pretty much at that time, my nerves all went.”

Macri went 2-for-3 at the plate, with a walk.

“I really have no regrets,” he said. “I fulfilled all my goals.”

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