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Spartan Spotlight: Phil Keefe

Greg Meyer

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: Sports
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Philip Keefe is a junior outfielder and co-captain of the baseball team. Keefe is a Newton, Mass. native who is studying finance.

Greg Meyer: What inspired you to play baseball?

Phil Keefe: When you live around Boston, the Red Sox are a way of life.

GM: They are wicked good. Now, if they could only compete with my Rays. What are some of your hobbies?

PK: Hanging out, playing Madden and Call of Duty, messing with Clay.

GM: I am assuming the last part is a reference to teammate Clay Hurley, not a tribute to your artistic pursuits. What is your best baseball memory?

PK: Beating Otterbein, the No. 1 team in the nation, on my first day of collegiate baseball.

GM: Nothing like starting off on the right foot. Have you had any academic honors since being at Case?

PK: None since high school.

GM: Well that makes two of us. What is your favorite quote?

PK: "If you don't like your stuff, get better stuff."

GM: Sounds like a George Carlin act. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

PK: Making millions because I revamped the economy.

GM: The next Warren Buffett, ladies and gentlemen. What makes baseball stand out from other sports?

PK: Pure, raw athleticism displayed by everyone, especially Chad Mullins.

GM: A first baseman with pure athleticism. I sense some sarcasm. If you could invite any three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be and why?

PK: Patrick Swayze because "Pain Don't Hurt." Steve Carell because The Office is awesome. And Bobby Locke to tell stories about baseball in the olden days.

GM: As long as you get to watch Road House, it is a night well spent. Would you rather have the strength of 1000 men, be able to fly, or be invisible?

PK: Be able to fly so I can win my bet with Clay and not wear a Yankees uniform.

GM: The ultimate punishment for any true fan of baseball. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

PK: Matt Damon; he's the only guy that could talk the way I do.

GM: I don't know Marky Mark Wahlberg didn't do too bad in The Departed. If you could participate in any other sport, which would you pick and why?

PK: Speedwalking…just because.

GM: What would we find in your locker right now that might surprise us?

PK: Under Armour tights. You may laugh, but when you play baseball in Ohio they're needed.

GM: Without question. What's the one thing that most people don't know about baseball?

PK: Yes, you can play when the windchill is below zero.

GM: And your hands will feel like they are being stung by a hundred bees. Finish this sentence: Baseball is like a girl…

PK: Because both take lots of work, and in the end all you want to do is go home.

GM: And reaching second or third is a big success as well. Who is your favorite athlete?

PK: David "Big Papi" Ortiz

GM: Well if you do lose that bet with Clay, at least you will have something in common with Papi, although Wally the Green Monster will be disappointed. What goes through your mind during a game?

PK: How many more diving catches I will have than Clay.

GM: All while speedwalking, I'm sure. Any insight on how the season is going so far?

PK: We've beaten Wooster and need to build on that aggressive approach during the UAAs [conference championship] this week.

GM: Best of luck to you guys in Florida. Thanks Phil.
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