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EIU baseball’s Infante shares advice in Q&A

Rob Le Cates
Eastern’s men’s baseball team practices in the Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse on Thursday evening. The team’s first game will be against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Feb. 16 in Tallahassee at Bragg Memorial Stadium at Florida A&M’s campus.

Junior infielder Danny Infante answered a bunch of questions ranging from his favorite sunflower seed flavor to what he would tell his younger self. 


Q: How long have you been playing baseball? 

A: “I’ve been playing baseball since I was about 7 years old.” 

Q: Who’s your favorite baseball team? 

A: “The New York Yankees.” 

Q: Besides baseball, what’s your favorite sport? 

A: “Basketball.” 

Q: How did you feel about traveling halfway from Brooklyn, New York, to play junior college baseball in Kansas? 

A: “It’s nothing new. I went to prep[atory] school away from home all of high school, so it’s nothing I wasn’t used to, I was prepared for all the adversity.” 

Q: What’s your favorite sunflower seed flavor? 

A: “Cracked pepper.” 

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals? 

A: “Nah, just get ready to play and not be sped up.” 

Q: If you had the fate of the universe on the line, with the death beams pointing right at us, and you had to pick a person to hit a home run to save the world, past or present, who are you picking? 

A: “Juan Soto.” 

Q: What’s your goal for this season? 

A: “Bring home as many W’s as possible and bring back that OVC Championship at the end of the season.” 

Q: Who on the team is most likely to sign a $100 million contract? 

A: “Probably Tyler Conklin.” 

Q: What are you most excited for in life? 

A: “I’m excited to see what the future holds for me. I know I’ve gotta work for things I want, so I’m excited for that, and whatever I’m doing, just have fun with it.” 

Q: Do you have a go-to post game meal? 

A: “I do not. I eat whatever we are given or probably Chipotle or what we have here in Mi Casa.” 

Q: Who on the team would you feel most comfortable giving the aux to? 

A: “Grant Lashure or Luke Melton.” 

Q: What advice would you give to Danny Infante six years ago? 

A: “To work hard and to overcome any obstacle that’s thrown at you. Just keep working hard, give it everything you’ve got.” 


Gabe Newman can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]. 

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Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief
Rob Le Cates is a junior journalism major. He previously served as summer editor-in-chief, photo editor and assistant photo editor at The News.

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