After recording just eight at bats as a freshman, sophomore infielder Greg Deichmann has become a fixture for the LSU baseball team during his sophomore year.
Deichmann established a reputation as a power hitter, leading the state of Louisiana in home runs for three straight years while attending Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. This season, Deichmann has blasted six dingers, trailing only Jordan Romero’s seven.
DIG caught up with the Metairie, Louisiana native to talk about the possibility of the SEC baseball tournament being held in his hometown, the deep baseball talent in the state of Louisiana and more in this edition of Talkin’ Tigers.
DIG: As a sophomore, do you feel more comfortable with your role on the team compared to last year as a freshman?
Greg Deichmann: Yeah. I would say so. I definitely grew a lot. Also, I was hurt last year. I didn’t get the chance to get on the field very much. This year, I’m on the field, and I’m around a lot more. I would say I feel a lot more comfortable.
DIG: Being from Metairie, I’m sure you’re fairly familiar with Zephyr Field. What do you think of the possibility of the SEC tournament being held there in the future?
GD: I think [Zephyr Field] would make a really cool site. New Orleans is always a great place to have sporting events, with all the Super Bowls being there and what not. I think Hoover (Alabama) is a really good atmosphere as well, so I wouldn’t mind keeping it there. But a little change might be good too.
DIG: What’s the most memorable hit you’ve ever recorded, at LSU or anywhere else?
GD: I’ve gotten a lot of memorable hits over the years, but I’d have to say it was my first hit at LSU. It was a home run on a Saturday against Cincinnati in my fourth at bat of the season. It was a great feeling to put that first one over the fence at LSU. It was really exciting, so I’d have to say that was my most memorable hit.
DIG: Are you rooting for a certain team in the current NBA playoffs?
GD: Honestly, I’m not a big basketball guy. Every now and then I’ll watch ESPN or keep up with other sports. But, I don’t really keep up with that. So I would say I’m neutral.
DIG: You’re known for being a power hitter. Are there any players with similar styles in the major leagues that you look up to?
GD: I don’t think there’s anybody I try to emulate or anything. I do enjoy watching some of the power hitters, Bryce Harper [and] Mike Trout. Chris Davis is a big-hitting first baseman. Those guys are all really good, but I try to be my own player.
DIG: Do you have any kind of pregame rituals, superstitions or routines?
GD: Not necessarily. A lot of people do, but I don’t really believe in any of that stuff. I’m a go with the flow kind of person.
DIG: How did you first get into baseball? At what point in your life did you realize you could have a future in the sport?
GD: I always played baseball, basketball and football up until eighth grade. As I got older, I kind of took to baseball more than the other two sports. I couldn’t tell you a certain age or a certain point when that happened, but the other two sports were always kind of secondary.
DIG: Louisiana has three baseball teams ranked in the top 25, and you’ve been playing against other teams in the state throughout your life. How would you compare the quality of baseball in Louisiana to the rest of the country?
GD: Louisiana has some great teams and some really good players, but there’s great talent all around the country. Guys from the north come down here to play, and guys from here go up north to play. I wouldn’t call in-state talent better than out-of-state talent. No matter who we see out there, we want to give them our best game.
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