Tommy Chase.

Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Tommy Chase

Feb. 14, 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 fifth Notre Dame player in the spotlight is infielder Tommy Chase.

Jersey Number: 11
Hometown: Cohasset, Mass.
High School: Boston College
Position: INF
Height/Weight: 5-10/165
Bat/Throw: R/R

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

Best thing about the team: All the guys on the team.

What are three words that best describe coach Schrage? Honest, intelligent, leader

Which professional player would you compare yourself to? Dustin Pedrioa

What is your favorite major league ballpark? Fenway Park

What would be the title of your autobiography? Follow your Dreams

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment? Hitting a game-tying two run double in the bottom of the nineth inning in the State semifinals last year.

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style? I prefer the DH, because I enjoy the extra offensive and excitement the DH brings to the game. Also, pitchers shouldn’t be forced to embarrass themselves in the batters box.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats? It would be a good idea for safety reasons, but I would rather hit with metal bats.

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball? Best hitter: Albert Pujols
Best pitcher: Brad Lidge

Favorite baseball team: Boston Red Sox

Favorite player: Derek Jeter

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? I say a quick prayer and visualize playing well that day.

Why did you choose Notre Dame? My dad is an alumnus so I grew up a big Notre Dame fan. I’ve always wanted to come here.

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