COLUMBUS, Ohio – Spent a few moments the other day inside of the batting cages with freshman pitcher, designated hitter and first-baseman Josh Dezse. Sat squarely in between home plate and the pitcher’s mound, the places Josh visits the most. Drafted this past summer by the New York Yankees, Josh had to make a huge decision. In the end, the place he wanted to be the most was at The Ohio State University being a Buckeye. Here’s why.
I’ve always wanted to be a Buckeye. I’ve been to Bill Davis Stadium so many times as a young kid. I still have a mit that some Buckeyes signed about seven years ago. I just always knew I wanted to go to school here.
I think the coolest thing ever is to sing the fight song, and to be a part of something bigger than just being a student getting an education here. And that’s being an athlete here.
The first game of the year vs. Cincinnati was something I’ll never forget. It was awesome. I think I got my first hit that game. My world was just rocked; I was so excited.
The Xavier game was truly a dream come true. It is so much more exciting to play in front of people who are there to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes. It is just an awesome atmosphere when the students come out. And night games are the perfect baseball game.
You can’t beat college baseball.Before I turned down the Yankees offer, the coaches said that I will never forget my college baseball days. Now when I talk to some who are playing pro ball, I feel as if they are missing out on college baseball and also the college life.
Turning the Yankees down was very hard. Nick Swisher told us in Florida about playing for The Yankees. People’s eyes get wide when I say I was drafted by the Yankees. I am proud to be an Ohio State Buckeye. I’m happy I came here and I tell coach Stafford that all the time.
It’s fun doing both [pitching and hitting]. The other pitchers have to wait a week to go prove themselves again. If I have a bad game, I can make a difference at the plate. I can make a comeback if something goes wrong. It’s a lot of work to do all the pitching drills and hit, but it is totally worth it.
Before I turned the Yankees down, the Ohio State coaches assured me I’d be a two-way player. They said they’d help me do both. They brought up Kolbrin Vitek, and they were able to do it with him. That made me feel comfortable. Note: Vitek was a two-way player at Ball State who was drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft last summer.
I think the coaches are doing a good job with me. They have my time figured out nicely. It’s nice that they are good at this because it would be hard if I had to figure out what I needed to do.
I’m majoring in exercise science. I want to get into physical therapy or possibly athletic training. I want to work in the medical field around athletes, preferably baseball.