Joe Persichina is a junior middle infielder for Arizona State who will contribute a weekly journal to 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 20, 2006

Finding Our Groove


Last weekend ended up being a good one for us. We won two out of three from the PAC-10-leading Oregon State Beavers. We almost pulled off the sweep, but they swiped Game 3 from us late in the third game.


This weekend, we face Arizona. The rivalry is pretty big between our teams. Not because we are neighbors, but because we have had many long and tough games against Arizona in the past. This series will be filled with emotion and hard-nosed baseball.


One of our freshmen, Ike Davis, tied the freshman single-season RBI record last week, and will most likely break it this week. Records and standings are not as important to our team as winning, but I think it is pretty special that Ike will break this record. He is a great player.


School has been out for about two weeks now, and now the day is scheduled around practice. It is starting to heat up in Arizona, so our practices usually start in the late afternoon. At night, the weather is real nice, so practice is not so bad. Our practices are not as long now, because we are deep into our season, and we are well prepared for this weekend.


Two nights ago, I went to a drive-in movie theater for the first time. It was weird. Sarah (my girlfriend) and I pulled into the drive-in and had no idea how the process worked. Some guy in a booth took our money, and gave us a radio station to listen to. When we pulled into the theater, the radio was fuzzy, so we had to try to find a spot with a clear signal for about five minutes. I could tell the people around us were getting irritated; our lights were shining in the other car windows. We did enjoy the drive-in once we got settled. It was a fun experience.


Expect a good performance from the Sun Devils this weekend, because we’re starting to find our groove. This is an exciting time of year, and I’m pumped up. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to focus on the task at hand and take care of business against the Wildcats. Should be a fun series so be sure to tune in.


See you next week.


Joe Pa


Previous Entries

School's Out, Time for a Cut and Some Fishin' (5/13/06)

The 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)