Dutchman of the Week: Sam Kirschenbaum ’18


Hometown: Hamden, CT
Major: Economics and Spanish
Sport: Baseball
Clubs/Activities: Kirschenbaum is involved with the fly fishing club

Q: Can you briefly explain your baseball career before Union?
A: I played four years of baseball at Hamden High School in my hometown of Hamden, CT and summer ball for the Connecticut Bombers and VFW Post 88. I was fortunate to learn the game from legendary coaches like Chris Borelli and Ray Guarino.

Q: Do you have a pre-game ritual?
A: I don’t think so. We have a ton of real superstitious guys (Ryan Kuchar ’18) in our locker room and I’m really mild compared to them.

Q: What are some of your favorite things about being on the baseball team?
A: My favorite thing is how close our team is. Our schedule is a grind and I think it really bonds us together how much we see each other on and off the field. I also really like having a set schedule that helps me time manage.

Q: What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far?
A: I’d say I have two. Last year winning the Liberty League was awesome because we got to see all of our hard work come together. This year, I hit the first homerun of my career and it felt great to finally get one.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to compete?
A: Shuttleworth Park is my favorite place to compete. Always nice playing home games.

Q: What are some of your favorite things about Union?
A: I love that I can be an athlete, have two majors, get a great education and have fun all at the same time.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?
A: I like going to Upper and really taking advantage of the all you can eat option.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in the Schenectady area and why?
A: I’m a big Katie O’Byrnes guy. It has a really nice atmosphere and the food is great.

Q: If you could have a meal with any three people, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
A: Tyler Heck ’13 (a former Union baseball player) would definitely be one because he’s obviously a legend. I’d also like to have dinner with Kenny Chesney because I’m a big country music fan and Tim Tebow so we can talk sports and life.


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