Baseball player Andrew Santomauro ’14 (North Caldwell, N.J.) discusses why he likes studying government and law, building earthquake-resistant structures, and the importance of hustle on and off the field.
Why did you choose to attend Lafayette?
I chose Lafayette because of its prestigious academic curriculum along with its small community size.
What do you enjoy about your major?
Being a government and law major is particularly interesting because you look at past events that have shaped our policies and the way the United States handles foreign and domestic issues.
One class that every Lafayette student should try to take is…
The Dog Course was probably my favorite course so far at Lafayette. You get to see life through dogs’ lives and understand them much better after the class. You can understand what certain facial and physical expressions mean when they want to go for a walk, for example.
What was your most unique academic experience (class/project/internship) at Lafayette?
I’d have to say either watching the Vagina Monologues last year in Colton Chapel or creating an earthquake-resistant structure in my Geology: Natural Disasters class with Professor Larry Malinconico.
How would you define your role on the team?
This year I’ve assumed a little more of an authoritative role on the team as I play an important position on the field, as well as being an upperclassman. I try my best to have my teammates look at me as a role model: to hustle on and off the field.
How has the team been preparing for the upcoming start of the season?
We’ve had 6 a.m. lifts each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday all fall semester while playing “fall ball,” which consists of practice and intrasquad games six days a week. In the winter, we primarily did strength and conditioning along with “individuals,” which are small groups of four players working at a time under the rules of the NCAA.
What goals has the team set for 2013 and how does it plan on achieving those goals?
Like every year, we have a meeting to discuss what our goals are as a team. Each year the obvious answer is to win the Patriot League Championship, but I can tell our team is pretty confident we can possibly play beyond that in the NCAA Tournament.
Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
I like to play the same playlist on the bus for road games in the same order of songs for some reason, along with the usual baseball superstitions like having the same side of the bat facing me before I step into the batter’s box and other weird stuff we baseball players do.
What reality show could you see yourself being part of?
Most likely Jersey Shore, since I live pretty close to Seaside Heights and went through a Guido phase back in the day. I’m not ashamed of it.
What song/band/album is most likely to be playing on your iPod?
Justin Bieber, I’ve had the fever since “One Time.”
What movie can you quote word-for-word?
Anchorman, “Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.”
Who is most famous person you have ever met?
I met Shaq when I was nine. He literally grabbed my head and lifted me off the ground like I was a basketball.
Nickname: DJ Santo
Celebrity Doppelganger: Apparently Matt LeBlanc when I was younger
Favorite author: Socrates
Favorite book: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Go-to food spot on College Hill/Easton: Giacomo’s
Favorite Cartoon Character: Krumm from Ah! Real Monsters. The one that holds his eyeballs; he’s a clown.
Words to Live By: “Look good, feel good, play good.”