Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Roger Simon, Loyola baseball and football
Roger Simon is a senior football and baseball player for the Ramblers. The wide receiver will play football — and possibly baseball — at John Carroll University next year.
1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
Before a game, I usually like to do my own stretches. We do stretch as a team, but I like to do my own on the side. Before an at-bat, when I step into the box, l look at my bat, get my sign from my coach and tap the plate once.
2. What are your plans for next year?
I think athletically and competitively their sports are really good, and academically it’s a really good school, so it worked out for me. That’s why I chose it.
3. Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Right now, I’m going to have to say Shohei Ohtani (OF/SP — Los Angeles Angels) because he’s a modern-day Babe Ruth. He pitches and hits the ball. He’s a perfect mold of both hitting and pitching.
4. If you could play another sport, what would it be?
I think it would be hockey. I love hockey. I played when I was younger for a year. Something about skating and checking people into the boards. I love watching hockey so think I’d love to play it too.
5. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?
Off the field, I like to go out with my friends a lot. I like to play golf. Just being with friends really.
6. What is your dream job?
I’d probably be a professional athlete. Probably a baseball player.
7. Would you rather rob a game-winning home run or hit one?
That’s tough. I’d rather hit one honestly. Just when you hit it, if it’s a no-doubter, you do a bat flip, pimp it, and take your time, make it last longer.
8. If you are in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?
I’m probably going to buy Arizona half lemonade, half iced tea for a dollar and probably like a bag of lime tortilla chips.
9. What is something people do not know about you?
I have a twin (Aidan Simon). He’s a track guy. We get along. A lot of people don’t know we’re twins though. We don’t look alike.
10. What does this team want to accomplish this season?
We want to win it all, but I think we’re taking it one game at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We have high expectations for ourselves and know what we can do. The sky is the limit. I think we can make a good run my postseason.
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