Captain Q & A with Baseball's Jim Murphy

March 7, 2008

Senior baseball player Jim Murphy is one of three captains of the baseball squad this season. The Cougars are 7-1 to start the season and are off to the best start since 1993.

How has being a captain made this season different?
You just kind of have to think about the other guys before yourself and make sure the team is doing the right things and setting a good example. I try to lead by example and do things right myself.

Is there a particular baseball player you've tried to model your game after?
I love watching Albert Pujols play. He's good defensively and a lot of fun to watch. I look up to him and the type of game he plays.

What is the best part about being a Cougar baseball player?
I think it is how every day you're a part of a team and have 40 guys you have camaraderie with, especially the seniors this year. We all came in together trying to turn everything around, and I think we've done a pretty good job of doing that.

What has contributed to you starting off this season so well?
My process and preparation is better. I'm more focused on the process and less on the results. I just think my approach is better.

What is your earliest childhood memory of playing baseball?
Probably when I was four years old, my dad built dugouts out of plywood and threw down play bases in the back yard. He would hit us ground balls and fly balls in the back yard and we'd be diving to catch the ball. We thought we were pretty big-time; it was a lot of fun.

What are your plans after graduation?
I'll graduate next December. If I get a chance to play pro ball I'll give that a shot, but we'll see what happens.

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