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 25, 2006
After the busy week over Spring Break with travel
and games, this week has been a little more routine than most.
However, our team did get a little extra time off this
week, which left us with some time off the field to get various things
done. Some of us spend our time away from the field on school work, sleeping,
doing laundry or just relaxing. A day off from baseball is used to rejuvenate
our bodies and rest. I used my days off to catch up on school, do some laundry
and get my hair cut.
I have been long overdue for getting my hair cut. You could say I am about two
months overdue. I'm not a big fan of haircuts, so I had my girlfriend help me
find a place to get it done. On Tuesday, my girlfriend Sarah took me to the
place that she gets her hair done. I didn't want to pay too much for a haircut;
I'm a college student who would rather spend my money on other things.
I did it... and didn't like it at all. Sarah
predicted the price to be around $20-$30. I ended paying $60 for my
haircut, and I was more than a little upset! I don't spend $60 on anything; I
don't have any money. From now on I'm going to find someone on the team who can
cut my hair. It may not be done well, but I can pay them off in sunflower seeds
Coach Murphy regulates how long our hair gets by assigning four guys from the
team to the "Fashion Committee." This committee is made up of four
representatives, one from each class. If the committee agrees that a player has
too long of hair, they will nominate him to get a haircut while sitting on home
plate. It was good timing for me to cut my long hair; I had a feeling that I was
close to grabbing a seat at the plate.
Coincidentally, the day after I got my
hair butchered for 60 bucks, our freshman team manager, Brady Stern, received a
free haircut at home plate. We made sure we gave him a good cut. He didn't like
it too much, but he sure looks good now with a shaved head. Our team likes to
have fun like this with each other. We are all a bunch of kids at heart.
Back on the field, we face Penn State this weekend at home. It's our final
non-conference weekend before Pac-10 play starts next week against Washington
State. Our team is good right now, but we're looking to become great. The
State series will be a great opportunity for us to continue to get closer
playing as a team.
I think at this point in the season, we're getting
comfortable with our roles and playing with one another. The young guys are also
settling in and realizing how important their contributions are. I enjoy
watching the team dynamic develop as the season goes on and seeing the freshman
start to "get it." I really like this team and I'm excited about our
A Business Trip over Spring Break (3/17/06)
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)