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.
April 4, 2006
It snowed today in Pullman, Wash., where we are beginning our PAC-10 season.
Right now, we are waiting out a snow delay before we hopefully take on the
Cougars for our third and series-deciding game.
Yesterday we played a doubleheader (and split) because the lights at the
field kept malfunctioning. Despite the delay in the game, it was fun to be
outside today while it was snowing. Being from southern California, I don't get
to see a whole lot of snow. So, our team was acting like a bunch of kids.
After Washington State announced the snow delay, their team began to walk
back to their clubhouse, while a bunch of our guys ran out to the field and
played in the snow. It was fun running around and watching the snow fall. But it
was cold. The high today is supposed to be 41, but the wind and snow made it
feel about 20. Back home it is probably a beautiful clear day with the
temperature around 80. Right now as I'm freezing on the bus, just thinking of 80
degrees almost thaws my toes out.
I have to get my mind off this cold weather.
The George Mason University Patriots are shocking the world right now. I love
March Madness; it's full of upsets and all sorts of madness. Our team has been
huddling around the TV screen in our clubhouse everyday before and after
practice watching the tournament.
Every year I think Duke is going to win the tourney just because they have
been so consistent and powerful for as long as I can remember. But instead of
them making it to the Final Four, a small school no one believed in makes it. I
hope they continue with a win over the Gators today.
And I'm sure everyone knows how the Sun Devils feel about the Gators after
our loss to them in the College World Series. I hope the UCLA Bruins keep making
the PAC-10 conference proud with a win, too.
It's time for me to get back to the cold reality of Pullman. It is raining
now - and constant. I'm sure I could get some great ice fishing in up here.
Hair-way Robbery (3/25/06)
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)