Joe Persichina is a junior middle infielder for Arizona State who will contribute a weekly journal to in 2006. Persichina, a native of Torrance, Calif., started 42 games as a freshman and was an honorable-mention all-Pac-10 selection after hitting .320 and fielding at a .985 clip. Last year, he started 28 games on the infield and hit the go-ahead homer - only the third of his career - that lifted ASU past Cal State Fullerton and into the College World Series.



Feb. 3, 2006

Getting Your Mind off the Game


Today is big day for our team: We begin our second weekend series of 2006 against Northern Illinois tonight.


I don't know much about them, but we expect to play well and hope to take all three games. We began our season slowly with a loss to Cal State Northridge last Friday, but did rebound to win the series. It was upsetting, but I think we are much better prepared for this weekend.

On the Thursday night before the day of a game, I like to do something fun and relaxing to get my head off baseball.


Last night, I watched the Phoenix Coyotes play the Los Angeles Kings in the Glendale Arena. I love going to hockey games, and to the dismay of our Phoenix-area fans, I am a big Kings fan.


I love the intensity of the game: the checking, fighting and scoring. The one thing I love the most about hockey is the willingness of players to take a hit or even start a fight with an opponent for another teammate.


Kind of reminds me of how important it is to be a good teammate for my pals here at ASU. 


At a game in the past against the Sharks, one of the Kings' players was illegally elbowed in the head by Joe Thornton, one of the largest players in the NHL. The player got knocked down, but his teammate about half the size of Thornton defended his Kings teammate by fighting Thornton. If that's not being a teammate I don't know what is.

Other nights before a game, I'll go fishing with guys on the team at Tempe Town Lake, which is conveniently placed right by our field. We haven't caught anything yet, but I plan on breaking the lake record before the year is done.


Down time is a precious thing, because most of our time is spent on the field and studying.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  Putting on the maroon and gold is something I'm proud to do every day!

Well, it's time get ready to play some ball against Northern Illinois tonight. Let's go!  See you all next week.

Joe Pa

(photo courtesy of Arizona State Media Relations Office)