Illini pitcher Lee Zerrusen looks ahead to the Big Ten opener against Penn State and talks about some superstitions on the Illini team.
April 2, 2010
Hey Illini Fans,
Welcome to another edition of Diamond Notes. After being off last weekend, we split our two midweek games, losing to Illinois State before beating Chicago State Wednesday in our home opener. On Wednesday, a lot of guys got to see the first action of the year and in their careers, most notably redshirt-freshman outfielder Doug Schumacher, who hit a home run in his first career at bat.
This weekend marks the start of Big Ten play. Last year we swept our opponent, Penn State, at their place and we are hoping for a similar result this year when we welcome them to Illinois Field. I know the team enjoys playing in front of the home crowd, so hopefully we will see a lot of you out at the ballpark tonight and for the rest of the weekend.
I got a suggestion to write about the superstitions that some of the players have. The one thing that instantly popped into my mind occurred a couple of years ago. Craig Lutes was having a tough day at the plate, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, so he went into the clubhouse and changed his batting gloves, cleats, socks, wristbands, and got a new bat. You'll have to ask him how that worked out for him. As for me, I jump over the foul line when running out to the mound. Josh Parr takes it to another level as he REALLY jumps over the line as high as he can. The most interesting superstition award goes to Bryan Roberts. Before games, he will sit in the clubhouse and read a few pages of the romantic novel he is currently into. Right now, he - as well as my little sister - is reading "The Last Song," which, by the way, has been made into a movie starring Miley Cyrus. I know Bryan was very excited to go see it this week.
So come out to the field this week and see us this Easter weekend! We appreciate all the support we get.
Lee Zerrusen #18