Pitching it to Josh Plisko

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Pitching it to Josh Plisko

Photo credit/ Bob Hannon

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Dave Scarnato, Sports Co-Editor

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The Wood Word sat down with Marywood Baseball player Josh Plisko (’12 Athletic Training/Coaching Minor) and talked about America’s pastime, baseball.

Q: What is your Favorite MLB team?

The Philadelphia Phillies 

Q: How did you get started in baseball?

I always had a love for the game. When I was younger, I lived by Riverside High School’s baseball field. So during baseball season, I would go watch them play and chase foul balls during the games and practices.

Q: What MLB Pitcher would you like to hit against?

Aroldis Chapman because he throws over 100 miles per hour.

Q: What MLB Batter would you like to throw to?

I would like to pitch against baseball’s all time leader in hits, Pete Rose.

Q: Do you have any superstitions?

I usually rotate from wearing batting gloves to not wearing batting gloves. I usually stick with whatever is working at the given time. You have to respect a streak.

Q: What was your favorite moment in your baseball career?

During high school, I hit a game-winning home run against our rival Old Forge, off of Cincinnati Reds prospect Kyle McMyne. It was one of my proudest moments as a baseball player.

Q: What pitches do you throw and which one is your “out” pitch?

4-seam fastball, curveball, change-up, and a slider. My “out” pitch is a toss up between my change-up or slider. I feel like I can get more outs with a change-up, but strike out more hitters with the slider.

Q: Describe the feeling when you hit a home run.

Once the pitcher throws the ball, everything slows down. You don’t force anything. You just react. Once the ball hits the sweet spot on the bat, you hear the ball come off of the bat rather than feel it. When you see the ball go over the fence, you get an adrenaline rush, but you have to control yourself. The trot around the bases goes by a little too quick. But in the end, it’s always nice to see your teammates at home plate.

Q: What is your favorite glove brand?

I like the American made gloves like TPX, Nokoma, or Worth.

Q: What are your team goals as well as your personal goals?

The team goals are to make the CSAC playoffs, finish above .500, and to never give up. My personal goals are to keep on pace at the plate, contribute to the team as much as I can to help us win, and enjoy every day at the ballpark.

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