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    FIGHTING IRISH Freshman David Casey.
    Freshman David Casey.

    Feb. 18, 2008

    The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes 19 newcomers to the diamond this season. The class was ranked as one of the top in the entire county -- fourth by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team's Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The seventh Notre Dame player in the spotlight is first baseman David Casey.

    Hometown: Whitefish Bay, Wisc.
    High School: Whitefish Bay H.S.
    Position: First Baseman
    Height/Weight: 6-4/235
    Bat/Throw: L/L

    If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?

    Best thing about the team:
    The new friendships.

    What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
    Passionate, intense, leader.

    Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
    Todd Helton.

    What is your favorite major league ballpark?
    Miller Park.

    What would be the title of your autobiography?
    "Casey at the Bat".

    What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
    Walk-off home run against our rival Nicolet in the bottom of the seventh inning my junior year.

    Are you a fan of the American League's designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
    National Legue!.

    Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
    Wood bats.

    Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
    Albert Pujols, Josh Beckett.

    Favorite baseball team:
    Milwaukee Brewers.

    Favorite player:
    Ken Griffey Jr.

    Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

    Why did you choose Notre Dame?
    The combination of great baseball, education and the coaching staff.

    -- ND --


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