A few days ago, Cody Asche strolled up to a member of the Phillies media relations department and asked him what he should do.
Asche, 22, who left the University of Nebraska in 2011 after his junior season, is only mentioned in passing by most Phillies fans. He hasn’t been above Double-A, and likely won’t see any playing time in the majors until 2014.
So why did he need help? Turns out Asche is a bit of a star back in Nebraska. He was getting flooded with calls from radio stations who knew him from his days as a Cornhusker, and he didn’t know the proper way to handle the swarm.
“I think that just comes to with the territory of being an athlete at Nebraska,” Asche said. “They love sports there. The fans are similar to Philly in that they’re really knowledgeable. Once you play there, they’re going to continue following you.”
Such adoration hasn’t reached Asche yet in Philadelphia. But, if everything goes to plan, it’ll be an added bonus.
Asche is participating in his first major league camp this spring, and only has played professional baseball for two seasons.
Asche started Tuesday’s exhibition against the Dominican Republic squad that will be playing in the World Baseball Classic, going 2-for-3 at the plate and making a few nifty plays in the field.
“He has a chance to be a real good player,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “I like the way he hits. I like his approach to hitting. He’s got a quick bat. He works hard. He’s determined.”
Asche still a hit with the Huskers
Courier-Post | Mar 6