After being released from pro baseball, former AA pitcher Arik Sikula started the regular 9-to-5 and fell into the rat-race that all pro ball players dread. It didn’t take long before this former Blue Jay prospect laced up the cleats again, starting with state league baseball in Australia for the winter of 2016-17. This led to a signing with the Quebec Capitals of the CanAm League where he won a championship, then another winter overseas, this time in Colombia.

In this interview we discuss how playing overseas has made him a better pitcher, what it is like from his perspective as a former AA pitcher in the Blue Jays system who played alongside the likes of Kevin Pillar, to play in state league Australia or live in a hotel room with four other dudes in Colombia. You will soon realize that Arik does not take these opportunities for granted and appreciates the ability to play the game at a high level, thus opening doors for him to see the world. Arik also has a good take on how, like him, established pro players can use overseas ball to fine tune their game.