Tommy Nance (’13)

1)      All Your Favorites:

  1. Food: Filet Mignon w/ Shrimp Scampi and Pasta. Along with baked potatoes. Apple pie for dessert (crumb top)
  2. Movie: A Beautiful Mind
  3. Movie Character: Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi, Reservoir Dogs), Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt, Fight Club)
  4. Book (Author):The Giver (Lois Lowry), The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
  5. Book Character (what book?):
  6. Show: Game of Thrones
  7. Type of Music: Rock
  8. Musical Artist or Band: Led Zeppelin
  9. Album: “Led Zeppelin IV” (Led Zeppelin), “Nirvana” (Nirvana)
  10. Song (Artist): “Tea For One” (Led Zeppelin), “Little Wing” (Jimi Hendrix)
  11.  Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci
  12. Painting: “The Persistence of Memory” (Salvador Dali)
  13. City (foreign or domestic): Long Beach, CA or Laguna Beach, CA
  14. State: California
  15. Country: Australia
  16. Place (anywhere): on the mound
  17. Sport: Baseball
  18. Activity: Biking
  19. Hobby: Bicycling, playing Guitar, Horseshoes, River trip,Exploring
  20. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders
  21. Monopoly Piece: Scottie Dog
  22. Quote: “…I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” – Invictus

 2)      Why did you choose Santa Clara?
I actually had an interesting journey in order to end up here at Santa Clara. Before I had even considered coming to Santa Clara I was set to make my final decision to head off to the East coast, but I love California way too much to leave. I am an engineering major and I decided to research top engineering schools in California and Santa Clara stood out the most to me. I researched even more about the school and went onto the athletics website and saw as the first headline that Coach O’Brien was the new head coach here. Immedietely I got excited, I knew what kind of coach he was and at how successful his program at UCSD was. Most importantly, I knew that his coaching style not only made ballplayers great but also made them better as people. I decided I needed this change, and my best shot at accomplishing this would be to come and play under Coach O’Brien. So far there has not been a single second here at Santa Clara where I have not loved it, my love for the game is re-sparked and I am extremely excited for the season to finally be here.

3)      What draws you to baseball?  What makes it appealing to you?  What is special about the college game?
What I love about baseball is that no matter how much you may think that the game is beating you down, and no matter how much you feel like success is miles and miles away, you wake up in the morning and go out and do it again. Because you know in your heart that the game of baseball is more than just pitching the ball, swinging the bat, or picking up ground balls, it is Life. The game can teach you so much about who you are as an individual and how to handle obstacles later on in life, especially how you react to adversity.  I just love how you can show up to the ballpark, step foot onto the field and that unexplained wave of childhood joy and happiness just fill a person up. It is one of the greatest feelings in the world, and for me personally when I am up there on the mound, not a worry in the world crosses my mind, I feel as though some weight has been lifted up off my shoulders and it is just me and the glove, doing what I know I can do best.  The college game, more specifically, is particularly special because college players play like they have nothing to lose, that is what has always caught my eye. College players go out and just play their hearts out, they don’t worry about whether they might get hurt or how much money they are making this year or anything like that, pure desire and competitiveness envelop college players, and it it truly something special to watch.

4)      How has the fall season gone for the team and you personally?
At first I will be honest that I was a bit skeptical coming into a new program, this one will be my third college program in three years so I really didn’t know how to accept what was going to be new at first. But after being with the guys on this team and watching them play, and they way they went about their business I knew that I was in the absolute perfect place for me. This fall has come with it successes and failures, which are not uncommon for a new team, but it has been an exciting fall season nonetheless. My teammates work as hard as any of the hardest working teams out there right now and its truly inspiring. I can say now that the fall is coming to an end that I have confidence in my team behind me on the field to make plays if I throw a pitch and it gets hit, or that they will pick me up offensively if I have a rough inning. This team wants to win and I am glad to be apart of it. For me personally, this fall has been one of my better fall seasons. I feel as though I have been consistent each of my outings and that I have given my team a chance to win, which is all anyone can really ask for. I have had my ups and downs as well, like for instance my last outing, I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff up on the mound that day and I gave up a few hits and a couple of runs, but I competed even harder because I wanted to help give my team a better chance to win. All in all I would have to say that consistency is the main positive for me this fall, I still have a lot to work on come February, and with this program I know ill reach my goals before season.

5)      Who is your favorite guy on the team to compete with?  To compete against?  Why?
My favorite guy to compete with on the team would probably be either Brock Simon, or Kenny Treadwell. Brock and I throughout fall have been matched up against one another for the fall season games and naturally that is going to create this sense of competitiveness. Even when we are playing catch we are always trying to see who can hit the glove more times or who can stay more downhill, it’s a good friendly competition anytime we are doing something.  In the weight room I am not the most physically strong player on the team but I am working hard to be every time I get a chance to lift, and I honestly try to model my work ethic in the weight room and actually out on the field after Kenny Treadwell. He has this ability to never give up and he goes about his business the right way.

6)      Top 5 people, living or dead, to compete against?  In what?

  • Coach Ribas (21 game) – I got this one in the bag
  • Nolan Ryan (head locks)
  • George W. Bush (spelling bee)
  • Coach Leake (fitness in general)
  • My dad (Horseshoes)

7)      5 people, living or dead, to have coffee with?

  •  John Lennon
  • Jimmy Page
  • Olivia Munn
  • Bar Refeali
  • Jim Morrison

8)      What would you do with a billion dollars?
Buy the Oakland Raiders just to change their name and then relocate them out of this beautiful state of California. Travel the world. Go to space. Obtain my engineering degree and live a life similar to that of Tony Stark, including buying the house featured in the movie Ironman. Buy Lake Powell (if possible), make house boat rentals free and go on many trips with the boys

9)      #1 on your Bucket List?
I don’t know about #1 but I would love to go skydiving

10)    What’s your ideal 1st date?  Who?  What?  Where?
Hmmm my ideal first date would be with Olivia Munn, she has that nerdy-have a good time type of a personality that I love. We would go to dinner (nothing too messy or over done) and a movie, stroll the beach boardwalk and talk, stopping to listen to street performers, walk barefooted in the sand by the water, laugh and be silly without worrying what others think of us.


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