Athlete Spotlight: J.J. Niekro Baseball

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Academic major: Sports Communication and Marketing

Baseball Position: Pitcher

Future plans: Be a baseball player or work in the front office of a team.

Favorite baseball memory: Going to the World Series in New York in 2015. I saw David Wright hit a home run and the Mets won.

Why do you love baseball?: Baseball has been passed down in my family. My dad, uncle and brother were fortunate enough to play in the MLB, so I want to do my best to go as far as I can in the game.

Favorite career game: Throwing my first no hitter.

Goals for the season: Going to the National Championship of course, but to take care of the little things and keep it going. We are off to a great start so we need to focus on the fundamentals.

Role Model: Clayton Kershaw. He is the best pitcher in baseball and his passion for the game is unparalleled.

Favorite professional team? New York Mets.

Favorite TV show: Drake and Josh

What is your favorite song?: Empire State of Mind by Jay-z.

Recent Funny Story: Cannot think of one.

Favorite Movie: I have a few, but probably Step Brothers. I have always been a fan of Fast and Furious and the Star Wars series.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be?: Clayton Kershaw. I would love to have a conversation with him on pitching.

Favorite Food: Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A. I could eat those everyday.

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