Nov. 8, 2010
I chose Tulane because... it offered me the best opportunity to advance myself in both the working world and in baseball. I also felt very comfortable with all of the coaches when I came to visit, and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus and the city.
The best part about playing baseball at Tulane is... the players on the team. I have never felt more of a part of a family on a team than on the Tulane baseball team. I noticed it especially after I transferred here last year. Every player made me feel like I had been here since my freshman year. It was awesome.
My goals for this season are... to win a conference and national championship. To be an everyday player, and at the end of the year be known to my teammates as a really good teammate that helped the team win anyway he could.
Do you have any pregame rituals/superstitions? I just like to make sure that I am mentally focused on the other team and what I need to do. I like to visualize at bats as many times as I can over and over again in my head. If I can see myself do it, then I know I can do it.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of baseball? I am a huge Jets fan. Every chance I get to listen to press conferences or highlights I do it. Only if they are coming off of a win though. Otherwise, I can't watch SportsCenter for the whole week.
What is your favorite food? Favorite Game Day Meal? My favorite food is sushi. I could eat it every day. My favorite Game Day Meal would have to be the rice that we had last year. I don't know what was in it or what it was called by I had like three plates of it before the game.
If you could play for any MLB team, who would it be? I am a Yankee fan so I would have to say the Yankees. I am also from New Jersey so that would mean my family and friends would be able to come and watch me play as well.
Who was your idol growing up? Hulk Hogan. I was a big Hulk Hogan fan growing up. I just liked everything his character stood for. He would always look like he was about to lose a fight then at the very end would come back and win.
What was your greatest memory from last season? I wasn't able to play last season, but the most excited I was last year was when Brian Barry hit a walk off double against Rice. I was just real happy for him and the team.
If you were not playing baseball, what would you be doing? I would probably be trying to play football.
What music do you like to listen to before a game? I like any kind of rock music. Nothing too hardcore though because I like to try and remain what I like to call pumped-calm. I'm pumped up on the inside, but calm on the outside.
What is your hidden talent? I'm pretty good at impressions. The guys like when I do Christopher Walken or Gavin Osaki, our strength coach from last year.
What is your favorite type of animal? I have always liked frogs. I have no idea why. But, I have a pet boxer at home named Casey and she is the best.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because Russ Buller said that Omaha was on the other side. But it had to make sure it didn't sprint across because we don't want any hamstring pulls.
What is your favorite thing about New Orleans? The food is unbelievable.
If you were going to be stranded on an island and could have 3 things with you, what 3 items would you take with you? A TV, DirecTV, and a satellite phone so I could call someone to get me off the island.
What's something no one knows about you? When I was younger I was afraid of the wind.
Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla.
One word that describes you as a person.... Dedicated.