Getting To Know Cord Phelps

April 4, 2008

Stanford junior second baseman Cord Phelps has been one of the team's top hitters all season long. Heading into a three-game set versus Arizona State this Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, Phelps is hitting .415 and has been on base in all 21 games. Get a chance to know him a little better as he expands on a couple of his answers from the Getting To Know section of his bio in the 2008 Stanford Baseball Media Guide.

When I played sports as a kid I pretended to be ... Dick 'Night Train' Lane. My family had a NFL highlight tape that showcased various great players. One of the sections on the video was about Dick 'Night Train' Lane. He was a ferocious safety who was known for head hunting. He crushed opposing receivers and was the reason why they outlawed the clothesline tackle. I loved how he played so whenever my brother and I played one-on-one football I would pretend to be Dick 'Night Train' Lane and would always head hunt.

My favorite athletes are Lance Armstrong and Andre Agassi because ... they both were big underdogs. Armstrong came back from cancer and won seven Tours of France in a row, arguably the single hardest athletic event in the world. I also liked how he specialized in climbing and would crush his biggest rivals on the hardest ascents of the race. Agassi fell from greatness early in his career and many people thought he was washed up and would never make it back to the top of the sport. He was able to get his game back together and will be remembered as one of the greatest. I appreciated how he had his own metric of success when it came to tennis and did not let others dictate his enjoyment of the game.

Stanford Baseball is different than other collegiate programs because... we run everywhere. I saw the Stanford team play when I was a little kid. The first thing I noticed was that Stanford ran a lot harder than all the other teams. I hope when people watch us today they think the same thing. We take pride in our hustle.

When I was in sixth grade I moved from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara. I really liked the beach and the warm weather. Even though I liked Southern California I always knew I wanted to return to Stanford to play baseball.

My favorite pre-game ritual are the handshakes in right field just before the start of the game. You should come to the park early to check them out. Keep a look out for Joey August because his are usually pretty funny.

Thanks, Cord, for letting everyone get to know you a little better.

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