1) All Your Favorites:
- Food: Pesto Pasta
- Movie: The Usual Suspects
- Movie Character: Joe Pesci (Casino)
- Book (Author): The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
- Book Character (what book?): Huck (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
- Show: Entourage
- Type of Music: Hip Hop/Rap
- Musical Artist or Band: Lady Gaga
- Album: The Blueprint 3 (Jay-Z)
- Song (Artist): Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z)
- Artist: Michelangelo
- Painting: Ceiling of Sistine Chapel
- City (foreign or domestic): Lake Como, Italy
- State: California
- Country: Italy
- Place (anywhere): Yankee Stadium
- Sport: Baseball
- Activity: Hockey
- Hobby: Madden
- Board Game: Risk
- Monopoly Piece: Hat
- Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take” (Wayne Gretzky)
2) Why did you choose Santa Clara?
I wish I were able to say that I chose Santa Clara but in reality Santa Clara chose me. It was the only school that I applied to where I both got accepted to and was able to play baseball, so it was no brainer. It is a perfect fit because I am still close to home and It is where the majority of my family went to school. I am extremely lucky to be able to go to a school and play in this great program and get a great education as well.
3) What draws you to baseball? What makes it appealing to you? What is special about the college game?
Growing up I was a hockey player first and a baseball player second. It was not until I quit hockey and focused all on baseball to find my love for the game. I learned to love every bit of the game; from putting on the uniform to dog piling on the mound after winning a title and everything in the middle. I really feel in love with being a catcher from day 1. I loved putting on the gear, being able to participate in every pitch, and to be the leader on the field. Once I entered the college game, it made the game so much more special to me. The opportunity to treat baseball more as a profession as to a hobby is what really makes it special. The intensity of the games and the pride you obtain from representing your university makes the college game that much more special.
4) How has the fall season gone for the eam and you personally?
Being a freshman and going into my first fall, I had no idea what to expect but it turned out better than I could have ever expected. You can’t say enough about being able to face live pitching twice a week and face game situations on defense with the intra-squads. We have come a long way as a team from the start of the fall to now. The biggest thing that we were missing was trust in each other and the idea of playing for a win and not for stats. I felt like a lot of us were playing to impress coaches and obtain stats rather than doing the things necessary to win games. I feel like we are ready to turn that corner and take our play to a whole new level. As for me, things started very fast and nerve racking getting my first college baseball experience. But as time when along I kept getting more and more comfortable and now finding a new stride of confidence that I have never really had before which is allowing me to compete at the best of my abilities much more consistently.
5) Who is your favorite guy on the team to compete with? To compete against? Why?
I would say my favorite guy on the team to compete with would be Zach Looney. As a young catcher I have learned somuch by watching him play. He is very technically sound and out on the field he has great body language which allows everyone on the field to have the confidence in him that he’s going to make all the plays. My favorite person to compete against would be Max Deering. Even though he doesn’t throw the hardest or have the best stuff, he really knows how to pitch and attack hitters and as a hitter I know that I have to be extra discipline when facing him.
6) Top 5 people, living or dead, to compete against? In what?
- Tyler Olivet (Madden)
- Leonard Danna (Golf)
- Anthony Hascheff (School)
- Takeru Kobayashi (Hot Dog Eating)
- Warren Buffett (Money)
7) 5 people, living or dead, to have coffee with?
8) What would you do with a billion dollars?
With one billion dollars, I would purchase the New York Yankees organization and make myself President of the team, then whatever I had left I would give to Warren Buffett to invest and make me another billion.
9) #1 on your Bucket List?
The top thing on my Bucket List would be to dog pile on the mound in Omaha after winning the College World Series here at Santa Clara.
10) What’s your ideal 1st date? Who? What? Where?
My ideal first date would be to take Rachel McAdams to Interlaken Switzerland and take a tour of the mountains and then skydive. Then we would travel through the mountains into Northern Italy for a great Italian Dinner.