ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Adam Weiner

By RYAN KAHN | May 7, 2012

Before junior second baseman Adam Weiner stepped up to the plate this past Friday against Washington College, he had never hit a home run before. The Newark, DE native came up with one out and the score tied at two in the bottom of the ninth inning when he proceeded to send a high fastball way over the left field fence - much to the amazement of the crowd, the Blue Jays and himself. W h a t happened next was a b s o l u t e "Wein-sanity" and p e r h a p s the most excitement and fun the team has had all season. The Blue Jays couldn't wait to bombard Weiner in celebration as he rounded third and jumped on home plate. Weiner's clutch home run has been just a sliver of his strong play during the season. He also added a single in the game against the Shoremen, who were second-place behind the Blue Jays entering Friday's affair, to go 2-for-4 on the afternoon. For the season, Weiner is hitting .311 with eight stolen bases. All this considered, in addition to his fun-loving, team-first attitude, has earned Weiner Athlete of the Week honors. The News-Letter (N-L): What was going through your mind after you hit the homerun? Were you planning on t h r o w i n g your helmet into the air? A d a m W e i n e r (AW): I was only t h i n k i n g one thing: r o u n d i n g the bases. I threw my hands up into the air immediately because I simply couldn't believe what had just happened. For the rest of my life, I will never forget turning around third base to see my teammates going wild at home plate. In that moment I thanked God and tossed my helmet into the air instinctively. Then it was all about enjoying the win with the team. N-L: What do you think you did differently in this particular at-bat to hit your first career home run? AW: I think for me, every at-bat before I get into the box is slightly different. I remember [senior co-captain] Aaron Borenstein coming up to me in the on-deck circle, while I was putting my batting gloves on, and telling me to just have some fun- which made me smile and relax. Once I'm in the box, though, I like to think that, in terms of what I control, every at-bat is exactly the same. N-L: What does "Weinsanity" mean to you and how did it get started? AW: From my understanding, "Wein-sanity" was started by [a number of my teammates], including Scott Barrett. To me, it means playing simply to have as much fun as possible with my teammates. N-L: As a Physics and Mechanical Engineering double-major, what are some ways that you balance baseball and your tough academic schedule? AW: I think balancing my schedule is easy because I honestly love what I'm doing and am really grateful for what has been given to me. It also doesn't hurt to be surrounded by so many awesome family members, teammates and friends. N-L: The baseball team travelled to Phoenix, AZ from March 16th-March 24th. What was your favorite part of the spring break trip? AW: The trip to Arizona was by far the best experience I've had in college. I enjoyed every minute of it, but the highlights for me were sharing laughs with my roommates [baseball and football senior standouts Sam Eagleson and Sam Wernick], the team dinner at Bucca di Beppo, and the drives through the Arizona desert on the way to the fields. N-L: Any summer plans yet? AW: I will be interning this summer in Nuremberg, Germany for Siemens AG at their Drive Technologies headquarters. I will be working on a project to design a hybrid drive system to power the pumps used to deliver water to large agricultural sprayers. My internship is partially funded by the Vredenburg Scholarship

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