Feb. 22, 2008

The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes 19 newcomers to the diamond this season. The class was ranked as one of the top in the entire county — fourth by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team’s Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The 17th Notre Dame player in the spotlight is outfielder Golden Tate.

Hometown: Hendersonville, TN
High School: Pope John Paul II
Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6-1/180
Bat/Throw: L/L

If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?

Best thing about the team:
The people.

What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
Very very calm.

Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
Kenny Lofton.

What is your favorite major league ballpark?
Never been to one.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
“Beyond the Glory”… Ha.

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
Hitting a grandslam in little league.

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
Doesn’t matter.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux.

Favorite baseball team:
Florida Marlins.

Favorite player:
Don’t have any.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Put my clothes on.

Why did you choose Notre Dame?
For the chance to play early, great education and coaches who produce proffesionals.

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