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.
March 17, 2006
A Business Trip over Spring
Spring Break has begun, and it has been nothing but
baseball for our squad.
Spring Break for a normal college student usually
consists of a trip down to Mexico, or house boating on Lake Havasu, maybe even
Corpus Christi. We did go to Corpus Christi for Spring Break, but not to
lay out in the sun. We were on a business trip - to play some baseball! We had a
great weekend, winning three games at the Whataburger College Classic, including
an extra-inning thriller against top-ranked Rice Saturday night.
After Sunday's win against TCU, our team took a tour of the USS Lexington, which
was harbored in the gulf next to the ballpark. It was huge! The Lexington is a
aircraft carrier that was active in World War II. When I got on the carrier, I
headed straight to the top deck to check out the Jets on board. They had all
sorts of jets and helicopters from WWII. I thought it was fun to be on a ship
that was used in battle during war. It put things in perspective; right now kids
my age are at war and I get to play baseball. It makes me love playing baseball
that much more, and really appreciate the sacrifices those guys have made for
all of us. The rest of the day was spent traveling to Austin, where we would
play Texas on Tuesday.
When we arrived in Austin, we had practice at the field. I forgot they had an
Astroturf playing surface; it was different. The ball exploded off of the ground
when it was hit. Anything hit hard on the ground farther then 2 feet away from
you was a base hit.
The atmosphere at the game was great. They had about 6,500 fans in the stands,
including actor and huge Texas fan Matthew McConaughey. Like I said a few weeks
ago from Baylor, Texans are proud people! It's pretty cool the pride in
We didn't play well against Texas; it was like we never got going, and it was
upsetting. They do have a good team, however. Lots of respect for the 'Horns.
And now we are looking to bounce back strong against a tough Oklahoma squad this
Joe Pa, Out.
Deep in the Heart of Texas (3/10/06)
Sinkholes and 'Fungoman' (3/4/06)
Road Trip (2/25/06)
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)