DeRouen makes own luck
Baseball players can be a funny bunch sometimes.
If something is working, such as wearing the same T-shirt to workouts, bet the bank that a player is going to stick with that. Former Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski once said he did not change his red socks from 1967 to ‘73. Another Boston Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs, eat fried chicken before each game.
Vermilion Catholic’s Trey DeRouen is no different when it comes to eccentricities
“I am the most superstitious person you will ever see,” said DeRouen, the 2007 Vermilion Parish MVP. “I wear the same socks, the same everything.
“I haven’t washed my wristbands in forever.”
DeRouen also played football for Vermilion Catholic. He had a few quirks for that sport.
“I wore the same gloves,” said DeRouen, “and never washed them.”
But it is nothing like baseball, where players are as repetitive as a soap opera. Former the Dodgers’ Nomar Garciapara has such a long routine after each pitch that he has been called the “Human rain delay.”
Though he may not take a long as Garciapara, DeRouen does have a ritual at he plate. After each pitch he will step out of he box and take a practice swing. Why is it that do baseball players do such things?
“The game is just luck,” said DeRouen of baseball.
If that is true, DeRouen is one lucky young man. The senior is hitting better then .510 and has belted seven home runs and 25 RBIs. He has already topped his power numbers from his junior season when he hit four bombs. And he is just seven RBIs from eclipsing the 31 he had in ‘07. DeRouen has scored 21 runs and is 12-for-12 in stolen bases.
Topham said DeRouen, at this point, is having a better year than his MVP campaign of last season. Topham added that it is coming against better competition.
“We have already faced four (pitchers) that have signed,” said Topham.
According to Topham none of the lefty’s numbers are a result of the roll of a dice, DeRouen makes his own luck.
“He is the first or second player to the field,” said Topham. “He has sacrificed summers of going out on the boat in the bay to work in the batting cages.”
DeRouen said he does it all for one reason.
“I want to win a district title,” said DeRouen.
The Eagles currently stand at 2-2 in District 8-1A. Hanson leads the district at 2-1. The Eagles, who lost to the Tigers last Thursday, will play at Hanson on April 15. They will play host to Delcambre this Thursday.
Regardless of how the Eagles do the rest of the way in district and the playoffs, come the middle of May, DeRouen’s high school career will be done. But he is looking to keep his baseball career going.
“I am trying to,” said DeRouen. “There are few colleges looking. I will pretty much go anywhere.”
Topham said DeRouen’s height, he is 5’10 and not the 6’2 or 6’3 scouts look for in a first base prospect, keeps some schools at bay. Topham said that could prove to be a mistake.
“You can either take him and he will help you,” said Topham, “or he will hurt you in a game.
“It is just going to come down to someone giving him a chance.”
Topham said DeRouen’s work ethic will carry him once he gets his foot in the door.
“He will not play the game any other way than all out,” said Topham. “That kid will succeed at the next level because when other guys take day off he will not.
“Whoever takes the kid is going to get as good a baseball person as they are going to find.”
DeRouen said that if it does not work out for him to receive a shot at college ball, he will accept it.
“I will move on the next part of my life,” said DeRouen.
But he said he feels he will end up somewhere. When he does he will work hard, wear the same socks and wristbands and after every pitch he sees he will step out of the box and take a practice swing.