Joe Persichina is a junior middle infielder
for Arizona State who will contribute a weekly journal to CollegeBaseballInsider.com 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. 25, 2006
Joe Pa here, coming at you live from Waco, Texas.
We're on our first road trip of the season and start a three-game set against
Baylor tonight [Friday]. The trip out here was long, but fun. We left Tempe,
Ariz., at 8 a.m. and landed in Dallas around 1 p.m. Had a stop to get some real
Texas BBQ, and after a two-hour bus ride, we arrived in Waco. A lot of farmland
and streams here in Waco. I bet I could get some great fishing in here.
I have noticed Texas flags everywhere! These people sure are proud of being from
Texas; their pride is well known by the rest of the universe. It's pretty cool
to see a state with so much pride.
So anyhow, our team is coming off a good weekend against Houston. We swept them
at our place and now have a little confidence going into Baylor. We practiced at
Baylor Ballpark last night, and it was beautiful. It reminded me of
Rosenblatt Stadium in a way. The dirt was great, and the ground balls were
smooth. The place is damp at night, so it turns into a graveyard. Fly balls will
not travel in the air unless you put a charge into one. Our approach is to hit
balls hard on a line.
After practice, our team helped the Baylor grounds guys to put the rain tarp on
the field. It reminded me of my freshman year when all freshmen had tarp
duty when it was expected to rain (we had a wet year in 2004 in Tempe...). There
chances of rain here in Waco, but I think we will get some games in. This will
be a great series; I can't wait to get it started.
Off to pregame lunch...
See you next week back in Tempe!
Trying to Turn Things Around (2/18/06)
Preparing for a Surprise Weekend (2/11/06)
Getting Your Mind off the Game (2/3/06)
(photo courtesy of Arizona State Media Relations Office)