Sunday, March 1, 2009

Chris Johnson has some character in there

Which would make it a lot harder to swallow if he took a tire iron to Geoff Blum's knee. But this article, from the Orlando Sentinel details some things about Chris Johnson you may not have known:

"But what impressed (Stetson coach Pete) Dunn most was how Johnson handled disappointment after a rough first year at Stetson. Johnson was academically ineligible as a freshman, and his absence on the baseball diamond allowed another freshman, future New York Yankees draftee Braedyn Pruitt, to take over at third base.

Johnson could have transferred to a community college, which would have allowed him to play immediately and be eligible for the next draft. Instead, Johnson stayed at Stetson and played in the outfield and at first base.

"That showed a lot of character on his part and on his family's part," Dunn said. "He worked his fanny off to regain his eligibility for his sophomore year."

Johnson also has the 2nd-highest career BA in Stetson history (.379)