Notre Dame, Ind. - Welcome back to Basil's Corner where the greatest mascot in the world, Basil the Saint Bernard sits down and chats with Holy Cross senior athletes. This week Basil sat down with senior left fielder and walk off homerun extraordinaire Paul Kappaz of the Saints baseball team.
Basil: Let's address the elephant in the room, and by that I mean the walk off homer you crushed for an awesome Senior Day win? How did it feel?
Paul: Honestly, I've never felt anything like that in my entire life. Words can't really describe the feeling of having your teammates ambush and jump on you at home plate. Its something I'll remember for the rest of my life and I'm happy that I got to share that moment with my best friends and teammates.
Basil: You are one of a few Saints to play all four years at Holy Cross, how have you enjoyed your time as a Saint?
Paul: Being a Saint for all four years has definitely had its ups and downs. My first year or two we weren't the greatest team, but we definitely showed promise. Seeing that promise now transform into one of the best if not the best team in conference, has been truly rewarding.
Basil: What is your favorite baseball memory at Holy Cross?
Paul: I've had a lot of great baseball memories here. I've met and made so many great friends that I'll stay in contact with the rest of my life, but I'd have to say that walk off on senior day takes the cake. Just the atmosphere and the importance of the game made it really memorable.
Basil: How's the team feeling going into a vital weekend series with Olivet Nazarene?
Paul: The team is feeling great and we all have high confidence going into this weekend. If we remain focused on our one goal I don't see anyone taking that goal away from us.
Basil: Who is the most superstitious guy on the team?
Paul: Everyone on the team is pretty superstitious. I feel like all baseball players are superstitious in their own way and do some sort of routine on a daily basis.
Basil: Who do you try to model your game after in the big leagues?
Paul: Two players that I try to model my game after are Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Iglesias. Both play for the Detroit Tigers and play some of the best defense in the league. Since they play my positions (LF and SS) its fun to watch what they do on the field.
Basil: Best baseball movie ever?
Paul: Sandlot hands down.
Basil: Nala, your dog, is a well-known figure at Saints baseball games. Where did you come up with the name and how important is she to your success on the field?
Paul: My housemate Mike Pizzuto helped come up with the name. Its from the Lion King. I don't want to contribute all the success to her but I'd say a majority is her doing. She's a great fan and an even better person.
Basil: Best place to eat after midnight?
Paul: I'm an avid customer at this place called Pub Sub Boys. They make great subs. You should ask Jordan Hinton about it.
Basil: Who is your favorite superhero?
Paul: Jake Lanning is my favorite superhero. I may or may not have a couple posters of him.
Basil: Would you rather get in a shark cage in great white shark territory or go skydiving?
Paul: Shark cage for sure. Just the thought of skydiving scares me. I've been snorkeling in coral reefs before so I think being in a shark cage would be awesome.
Basil: Favorite song on the radio right now?
Paul: I like all songs. My favorite is whatever songs Rodney Bettcher is singing. He has a great voice and is known to sing on expert in Rockband. You might find him singing karaoke at the local establishments.
Basil: Besides Basil the St. Bernard, who is your favorite mascot?
Paul: Basil is the best mascot period.