July 2, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College junior John Hennessy is in the Hamptons for the summer playing baseball for the Sag Harbor Whalers in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. He is currently second on the team with nine RBIs and fifth with a .246 batting average. While he works on his swing on the field, off the field, he is spending his rare off days at the beach and on the golf course. We caught up with the infielder to see how his summer is going.
Q: What has your experience been like playing in the Hamptons so far this summer?
A: So far, playing in the Hamptons has been a blast. Sag Harbor is a beautiful town and is definitely the perfect spot to be placed for a summer. The league itself is great. The competition is really good and the travel is not bad at all with the longest bus ride being a little over an hour.
Is it different from when you played last summer?
A: Last summer I was Huntersville, North Carolina. I had an awesome time there as well and was lucky enough to be right near Lake Norman so it was also a nice place to be. The biggest difference in the cultures of North Carolina and the Hamptons is the cultures. In North Carolina, I got my first taste of NASCAR with almost everyone being racing fans and really got used to the southern accent. In the Hamptons, I've met a lot of people who have interests in the arts and use the Hamptons as their summer vacation spot.
Q: Has there been anything you are working on improving this summer in particular?
A: I think my biggest focus for the summer has been on hitting. In particular, I'm working on hitting for more power, as well as focusing on executing my situational at bats in games.
Q: You're tied for the fourth-most hits on the Whalers, fifth in batting average and second in RBIs. What do you contribute to your early success?
A: I think the biggest part of my success is that I'm coming off a season where I had over 100 at bats. There are a lot of players who redshirted or didn't get a ton of at bats for their schools, which can make it difficult to hop right into games and feel good. So having that experience against some of the best pitchers in the country has worked to my advantage.
Q: Where are you living this summer? What has that been like?
A: I live with the Gray family about a mile outside of downtown Sag Harbor. They're a great family with a lot of musical talent so it's been a treat to hear a guitar or piano going throughout the day. The house is also supposedly haunted, so I've been keeping my eye out for a ghost that likes to make her way through the house at night.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time or your days off?
A: We don't have many off days but when we do I've been spending them at the beach. I've also been playing some golf with some of the guys and my host brother which has been a lot of fun.
Q: What are you looking forward to when you return to The Heights in the fall?
A: This fall, I'm really looking forward to living in a house off campus, it's going to be nice to finally move out of a tiny dorm room. I'm living with Tom [Bourdon], Eric [Stevens], and Nate [LaPointe] so it's going to be a great time. I'm also looking forward to seeing everyone from school again. I miss the guys on the team and all my friends outside the team so it will be good to see them all again.