Steve Sabatino.

Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Steve Sabatino

Feb. 12, 2009

The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes eight newcomers to the diamond this season. In the coming weeks, will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team’s Feb. 20 season opener against Ohio State. The third Notre Dame player in the spotlight is left-handed pitcher Steve Sabatino.

Jersey Number: 52
Hometown: Lockport, IL
High School: Lockport Township
Position: Left-handed pitcher/1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/ 200
Bat/Throw: L/L

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

Best thing about the team:
The guys

What are three words that best describe Coach Schrage?
Consistent, caring, dedicated

Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
Mark Buehrle

What is your favorite major league ballpark?
Wrigley Field

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Livin’ Life

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
Winning the Connie Mack Regional in Battle Creek, Michigan

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
National League for sure. Us pitchers can hit.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
As a pitcher, yes.

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
Hitter: Manny Ramirez
Pitcher: Scott Kazmir

Favorite baseball team:
Chicago Cubs

Favorite player:
Jon Lester

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Why did you choose Notre Dame?
The family atmosphere.

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