Greg Sherry.

Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Greg Sherry

Feb. 10, 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, will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team’s Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The second Notre Dame player in the spotlight is infielder Greg Sherry.

Hometown: Mendham, NJ
High School: Delbarton H.S.
Position: Infielder
Height/Weight: 5-9/180
Bat/Throw: R/R

If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?
I would play golf because you can play it your entire life.

Best thing about the team:
The bond between all the guys.

What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
Serious, professional and focused.

Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
Dustin Pedroia.

What is your favorite major league ballpark?
Shea Stadium.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Hard Work Pays Off.

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
Hitting a home run in my first high school at bat.

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
DH, definitely.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
Yes, real hitters hit better with wood.

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
David Wright, Johan Santana.

Favorite baseball team:
New York Mets.

Favorite player:
Jose Reyes.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
I always say a prayer.

Why did you choose Notre Dame?
I chose Notre Dame because of its strong baseball tradition, as well as its academic excellence. There is no place in the world like Notre Dame.

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