May 2009

Regionals here we come!

The postseason is an exciting time of the year because everyone starts fresh. The regular seasons are erased and it is down to business from here on out. All teams that barely scooted by are ready to prove why they are worthy of being in the final 64. Every team is equal at this point and every team is in for the same reasons.
As for us, we are excited to see what we can do. You cannot make predictions because postseasons are unpredictable, but I am curious to see where we end up. I am looking to go a little farther this year than the last two years. We have the team and coaching staff to do it. We have Kent St. for our first game and it will not be an easy game. They have some great talent both on the mound and in the batters box and we cannot look past them one bit. Our second game will be either against Cal Poly or Oral Roberts. It would be nice to play against Oral Roberts because I played for Coach Walton this summer with Team USA. It will be nice to see him either way.
We feel good coming into this postseason with some experience under our belts. It will be nice to have Spence back in the rotation or in relief, however we decide to use him. We are healthy with little or no injuries and eager to get started Friday. It will be nice to play in front of our home fans as well considering we have the best attendance on the West Coast. Perhaps being my last college postseason, I will cherish every second.
We have a tough Regional to get through before we can start thinking about the next step, but we will fight every pitch and every out until the last catch is made.
Thank you for your time!

An introduction to “the Leaker”

What’s up everyone? My name is Mike Leake (A.K.A. Leaker) and I am a pitcher at Arizona State University. I am honored to have the opportunity to share some of the experiences that have taken place throughout my baseball career thus far and what the future holds over the next few weeks.

I grew up in Rancho Bernardo, California, a suburb just outside of San Diego where it seems there are baseball and soccer fields on every corner. Believe it or not, my favorite sport was soccer. As I child growing up, I was fortunate enough to play many sports with a supportive family. I could talk all day about my childhood as it was one of the most enjoyable times of my life! Being able to follow my brother Ryan to the Westwood Club where all the kids would hang out and play basketball and hang by the pool…even though he did not want me to.  There I go, off on a tangent about my childhood again!

Fast forward to my high school years, where our family moved to Valley Center. I made some amazing friends that I still keep in touch with, but ended up transferring to Fallbrook High after two years, where Coach Parker got me into shape and made me respect the game. From there I was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, a team known for developing their prospects and moving them up fairly quickly. At one point I was fifty-fifty on whether or not I should sign, but decided to experience college and continue my education. I like to think it proved to be a smart decision! No offense to the A’s organization, of course!

My years at Arizona State have been somewhat surreal. Coach Murphy, Coach Stankie, Coach Ez and Coach Holliday have taught me so much about the game, that I would not know where to begin, although I like to think I knew everything before I came to ASU!  This is a special place, but not made for everyone. The few that make it through should feel very honored and fortunate. ASU is a tremendous university with an amazing athletic program and I will miss it deeply when I am gone, whenever that may be!

I am looking forward to the next month of baseball and will cherish every moment. I am very excited about the draft, however, those thoughts will have to stay in the back of my mind for now because my heart is dedicated to the Devils as we have a lot of unfinished business! I thank everyone that has been involved in my life up until this point and look forward to what tomorrow has in store!

I’m glad that I was able to tell you a little about myself in the first entry. Please feel free to send me questions as I will be answering a few of them over the next month or so.

Thanks for stopping by and GO DEVILS!