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.
May 13, 2006
School's Out, Time for a Cut
and Some Fishin'
It's finally over! School ended this week, and I am happier than a pig in
This last week was full of studying and lots of stress. I apologize for not
giving you one of my wonderful journals last week; I was trying to finish out
the semester. Our regular season is winding down, and we have three crucial
weekends left. The PAC-10 title is up for grabs, and we intend on winning it.
We take on a strong Oregon State team tonight that has had a good year so
far. It will be a good series between us, and we have the potential to move into
a top spot in the PAC if we do well.
Last week we did not play, because we had our final exams. Although it was
nice to get a week off, I was still spending most of my time on the field and
preparing for exams. There were a couple of days that I spent having fun. I did
make it out to the lake to do some more spear fishing, but still had no luck.
Every time I threw the spear, it would miss the fish by inches. I'm getting
better. When I do get a fish, it will be the highlight of my year!
I also had time to get another haircut. After getting reamed by the team for
weeks, for paying 60 bucks for a haircut, I made sure not to make the same
mistake twice. I had my girlfriend, Sarah, buzz my head. She did a great job,
but there was no way I was going to pay her for it. She was the one who lured me
into the $60 haircut in the first place, so she owed me big time.
My dad coaches a high school team back home in Palos Verdes, Calif. Every
week when I talk to him, he tells me about all the teams they are beating. The
high school team he coaches for has only been around for about four years, and
they are already a great team. The Palos Verdes Sea Kings are 21-3 I believe,
and are heading into the playoffs as a No. 1 seed. I'm impressed with that team.
A young program like this is beating up on programs that have been around for
years. That's special. I want to wish the Sea Kings good luck as they head into
the playoffs. Go get 'em Fuj!
Now it's time for the Devils to take care of some business of our own against
the Beavers. It's going to be a great weekend!
Joe Pa Out.
Stretch Run - On the Field and in the Classroom (4/30/06)
Heading Home for the Weekend (4/22/06)
Facing an Ace, and ASU's Ironman (4/14/06)
Snow Day (4/4/06)
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)