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    Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Joe Spano

    Joe Spano.

    Feb. 16, 2009

    The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes eight newcomers to the diamond this season. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team's Feb. 20 season opener against Ohio State. The sixth Notre Dame player in the spotlight is left-handed pitcher Joe Spano.

    Jersey Number: 21
    Hometown: Verona, NJ
    High School: Seton Hall Prep
    Position: Left-handed Pitcher
    Height/Weight: 5-11/165
    Bat/Throw: L/L

    If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?
    Hockey. I played when I was younger, and it was my favorite sport.

    Best thing about the team:
    My Teammates

    What are three words that best describe Coach Schrage?
    Astute, unyielding, fair

    Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
    Scott Kazmir

    What is your favorite major league ballpark?
    Fenway Park

    What would be the title of your autobiography?
    If I Could Do It Again, I'd Do It The Same

    What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
    Winning two state championships in high school, and having our team ranked #1 nationally my junior year.

    Are you a fan of the American League's designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
    AL, I used to play outfield so I miss hitting

    Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
    Yes, I value my life.

    Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
    Hitter: Manny Ramirez
    Pitcher: Josh Beckett

    Favorite baseball team:
    New York Yankees

    Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
    I put my left sock on before my right and same for my cleats

    Why did you choose Notre Dame?
    Notre Dame offers the best combination of academics, athletics and tradition

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