Get to Know your New Gophers: Freshman Joey Brettingen
Freshman Joey Brettingen

Nov. 5, 2012 caught up with freshman Joey Brettingen as he is in his first year with the Gopher baseball team. A multiple-sport athlete out of Hopkins High School, Brettingen also played Legion ball this past summer and was named the South Hennepin MVP. Now as a Gopher, Brettingen just finished fall ball. Here's Joye's bio and a short question/answer as we catch up with the rookie.

HIGH SCHOOL: A multi-sport athlete in baseball and hockey • captain of the Royals baseball team his senior year and a three-time letterwinner in the sport • also a letterwinner in hockey where he was also a two-year team captain in 2011-12 • named baseball all-conference as a senior and 2012 Pioneer Press all-metro • had 81 at bats as a junior, tied a team-high 22 runs batted in and held a fielding percentage of .972 • member of the Royals that finished 2011 season as the Section 6AAA runner-up • played for the Hopkins Flyers Legion Post #320 team and was the 2012 South Hennepin MVP • batted .398 with 28 runs batted in, 39 hits, and two home runs in 98 at bats in 2012 • had four home runs and a batting average of .385.

PERSONAL: A 2012 graduate of Hopkins High School and a member of the National Honor Society • born Oct. 27, 1993 • son of Kip and Pamela Brettingen • interested in becoming a horticulture major • has an older sister Holly and a younger sister Hope • lists scoring a goal on Hockey Day in Minnesota his most memorable sports thrill.

Q: What was your first baseball memory?
A: My first baseball memory was playing t-ball for one of the Golden Valley Park and Rec teams with one of my best childhood buddies when I was about four. One of us would would always want to play first, and the other would want to be the pitcher because most of the kids would hit it right to the pitcher and we would get outs very easily.

What did you start playing first, baseball or hockey, and how did you get into each of the sports?
A: I started playing baseball first. Obviously started with t-ball then moved into little league. I got into it just like any other kid would by having your parents put you in t-ball then continuing to develop a love for the game. I started hockey a bit later when I was about eight years old. We have a rink pretty much in our back yard that the city keeps up that I had been skating on since I was three. Then one year, I decided I wanted to actually play on a team and away I went!

Q: What has been the best part about your University of Minnesota experience so far?
A: So far, my best experience at the U of MN is just being part of such a great baseball family. I enjoy going to practice and the weight room everyday because I know I'm going to have a blast and get better with such a great group of guys.

Q: Where's your favorite Dinkytown/Stadium Village food spot?
A: My favorite eating spot is for sure Chipotle in Stadium Village. It is so close to Territorial and I enjoy eating there every so often when the dorm food gets old.

Q: What's the craziest play you've ever been involved with already in your baseball career?
A: The craziest play I've ever been involved in was the Section championship my senior year of high school against Wayzata. We were down 3-2 in the seventh inning with one out. Somehow we got the bases loaded and scored the tying run on a passed ball, so they pulled their pitcher. The play comes when they bring in their new pitcher. The first pitch off the at bat one of our players hit a deep fly ball to left field. I was on first and saw it was over his head so I started running. We played at Parade Stadium, which has ivy on the outfield fence. The ball got lodged in the fence so the outfielder from Wayzata put his hands up, like the rule states. Even though the ball appeared to be "dead" my coach continued to send everyone to the plate including my teammate who hit the ball. Turns out that after the kid put his hands up, he started digging for it and it fell out. By rule, the ball is then in play. Instead of it being a ground rule double to only score two runs, it was a grand slam and we ended up going on to win that game to go to state.




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