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Brothers’ shadows don’t cast over Maggi

Maggi is a dual threat on the baseball diamond, football field

By Mason Smith ’11
The Roundup

Photo by Josh Zillwood '10 - Joe Maggi '11 pitches and plays outfield for the varsity baseball team.

Whether people look out on the football or baseball fields, they will see No. 7, Joseph Maggi ’11.

Maggi is a junior that plays both baseball and football.

He has two older brothers, Drew ’08 and Beau ’09 who graduated from Brophy, both of whom play for the ASU baseball team.

“I don’t think about that much, (but) it’s kind of weird going from playing tape ball in a room in our house to watching one of my brothers play in Omaha,” Maggi said when asked about his brothers.

Maggi started playing baseball when he was five years old, and started playing club ball when he was just nine years old.

It was not until his seventh grade year that he would get involved in tackle football.

Maggi said he could be classified as a “workaholic” about sports.

One of his favorite quotes is from Walter Payton (ex-running back for the Chicago Bears), “If I felt like I didn’t give it my all then I would go back out to the field and work till I believed that I did.”

Not only is this one of his favorite quotes from one of his favorite athletes, it is also who he would want to practice with for a day.

“I would want to see how hard he worked every play and just see how he played,” Maggi said.

His two sports take up most of the year and part of the summer.

But no matter what, Maggi said he always has his family for support.

“They always encourage me and push me to be the best I can be. They are the ones I can thank for being who I am today,” Maggi said.

His two older brothers played baseball and football just like he does now.

Watching his older brothers play for the ASU Sun Devils baseball team motivates him to work harder.

“When I watch the way they play the game it makes me want to play like that forcing me to work harder, which helps me get better every day,” Maggi said.

He said he would like to play baseball in college.

“My brothers play baseball at ASU so that would be my first choice probably, but others would be either Texas or USC,” Maggi said.

Maggi is playing baseball for now, but come summer he will be working with the football team and getting ready for the upcoming season.

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