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Dodgers’ Andre Ethier reflects on joining Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

By Chris Ramos


STEPHANIE EDWARDS/CRONKITE NEWS: We begin at Dodgers Stadium.That’s where reporter Chris Ramos sat down with former ASU outfielder Andre Ethier, to discuss his upcoming induction into the Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame.

CHRIS RAMOS/CRONKITE NEWS: First off I just want to say congrats on being inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame. What does this honor mean to you?

ANDRE ETHIER/L.A. DODGERS: I grew up in Phoenix, I grew up an Arizona State fan. I can remember walking through those hallways with my dad as a little kid in the Wells Fargo Arena and seeing those Hall of Fame members up on the wall and staring at those plaques and seeing that stuff. Now I get a chance to have mine up there along with those it’s a pretty neat thing to be a part of.

CHRIS RAMOS/CRONKITE NEWS: You and your wife are going to be the first married couple inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame.

ANDRE ETHIER/L.A. DODGERS: We planned that.

CHRIS RAMOS/CRONKITE NEWS: So what’s it like you two going in together?

ANDRE ETHIER/L.A. DODGERS: It’s been a whirlwind. To look from where we started at ASU to where we’re at now in our lives, two boys of our own with them starting their school and them playing sports. It’s going to be a neat thing for them later on in their lives to see, I guess, a glimpse of where their parents met and first got started together.

CHRIS RAMOS/CRONKITE NEWS: Did you ever believe as a freshman you would be walking into a packed Sun Devil Stadium with an award like this?

ANDRE ETHIER/L.A. DODGERS: No, but you probably hope and dream that stuff. I don’t know if you actually hope, I never did while I was there. I was just trying to figure out a way to be successful whether it be on the baseball field or be as a student. It was one where balancing baseball and academics is tough and being successful in either one of them, you know being successful in one is tough, but doing both of them at the same time is a pretty tough thing to do.

I was fortunate enough to figure out a way to put those extra hours in the study hall, to staying in the batting cage and figuring out times to lift weights when I could. For me, I was lucky enough to be drafted high and figure out a way to end up where I am today.