10 Questions with an Athlete: Erik Pulkkinen, Baseball

Alex Weidner


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Evan Fesler, Sports Editor

Erik Pulkkinen

Year: Senior

Hometown: Hawley, P. A.

Major: Business Management

When did you start playing baseball?

I started playing tee ball when I was five, and I’ve played every year since.

What is your favorite part about playing baseball?

I just love to compete. There’s nothing better than the challenge of facing a pitcher who’s doing everything he can to get you out.

Who is your favorite professional baseball player?

Yasiel Puig because he’s probably the most aggressive player in baseball in the field, at the plate, and on the bases, and even though he has his critics, he doesn’t change his game.

What music do you listen to before the game?

We bump house music and some 90’s hip-hop like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Nas in the team vans, so I usually leave my headphones out and listen to that with my teammates.

What is your favorite part about being on a team sport?

This year’s team has some of the best camaraderie that I’ve seen in my three years here. We’re always keeping it loose and having fun, and we’re winning games, which brings us together as a team.

What has been the highlight of your baseball career?

Two years ago I hit a three-run walk-off home run in a playoff game for my summer team. We were down two runs and one out from elimination. There’s no better feeling in baseball than a walk-off hit.

What are some of your strengths on the baseball field?

My game is based around my speed. As the lead off hitter I’m always looking to steal or take extra bases.

What has baseball taught you about life?

It’s helped me with putting things in perspective and not take things too seriously. I’m having too much fun to get down on myself if I make a mistake on the field, so I bounce back quick, and that’s the same approach I take in life.

Which professional baseball pitcher would you least like to face? Why?

Aroldis Chapman easily. His fastball averages over 100 mph and he throws a nasty slider too. Most guys have no shot.

What do you plan on doing after Marywood?

I’m moving to New York City this fall to work and gain experience. Ultimately I’d like to end up working in baseball in some capacity out west.

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