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BPM Talks Baseball with Baldwin Pitcher Nick Lobello

By BPM, 09/04/11, 7:15AM EDT


BPM: Was baseball something that you started playing at an early age? If so, when and where?

LOBELLO: Yes, definitely. I started walking around 10 months old and a little while after that I grabbed a bat and just started swinging.

BPM: When did you realize that you loved playing baseball and it was something you wanted to really pursue?

LOBELLO: In little league, ever since I was about 10 years old playing baseball in college has been a huge dream of mine.

BPM: Who is your biggest influence? Why?

LOBELLO: My dad. He taught me everything I know about the game and I wouldn't be the ballplayer I am today without him.

BPM: As a fan of baseball, what major league ballplayer do you enjoy watching play the game?

LOBELLO: Derek Jeter is my favorite player of all time. I’ve looked up to him my whole life. I’ve modeled myself after him in many aspects of the game, on and off the field, and it has definitely made me a better ballplayer.

BPM: What are three of your biggest moments playing for Coach Esposito and the Baldwin Bruins?

LOBELLO: My first moment was definitely when I was in 8th grade and I won my first start and our team’s first win against Plainview JFK. Second were all the playoff games I participated in throughout my time on the team. I was glad to get a shot in the playoffs. Lastly was probably being named All County twice in my career. It’s a big accomplishment to be named All County with all the talent there is here in Nassau.

BPM: What do you do to prepare yourself for a game before you pitch?

LOBELLO: Honestly, nothing out of the ordinary. I just relax, listen to music, and think about the game plan before I get out there to warm up.

BPM: When things are going well for you on the mound, we all know things are good, but what do you do when things get tough?

LOBELLO: I just stay within myself, keep throwing strikes and go right after hitters, because if I feel I’m not on I know my fielders are there to help.

BPM: Where do you plan to attend college in the fall of 2011?

LOBELLO: I've decided to attend Queens College in the fall. I'm looking forward to my college career.