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FSU Baseball Recognizes 2008 Senior Class

May 17, 2008





Tallahassee, Fla. – The 2008 baseball regular season schedule concludes on Saturday night at 7:00 pm inside Dick Howser Stadium, but not before honoring this year’s senior class before tonight’s game against NC State. Florida State will recognize five seniors including Dennis Guinn, Trent Jarvis, Jack Rye, Ryan Strauss and manager Jonathan Guffey.

Seminoles.com took some time to get a few final thoughts from these five senior members on their time spent at Florida State and what’s in store for them in the future.

Dennis Guinn – Haines City, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
Two years ago at the ACC Tournament, we were down 7-3 against North Carolina and our season was kind of rough at that time. I hit a game-tying grand slam and then Shane Robinson hit a walk-off single to win the game. That win turned our season around and gave us some momentum for the rest of the postseason.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 17, 2018, 10 years from now?
I would love to be still playing baseball but if not, I would like to have a family and hopefully raise my little boy up to play some big time baseball.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
Keeping fighting; like this year, our team has a lot of heart. We want those young guys to keep it going especially when we’re down in the game, just keep your head up and keep fighting because you never know what can happen.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
I would have to leave my `jacked up’ Tahoe to Stuart Tapley. He’s a country boy like me and he loves those types of trucks. I think he would really like that.

Trent Jarvis – Destin, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
It would have to be coming in against Georgia Tech this year and getting that double play when we were up 6-5 with runners at first and third with one out. That would be right ahead of playing against the Phillies last year and going 1-2-3.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 17, 2018, 10 years from now?
I would say hopefully living somewhere near the water, settling down and possibly having a kid. First, I got to find some one that will put up with me long enough for that to happen.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
Cherish the time you spend here with your teammates and coaches because it is going to be tough to find another group of guys that care about each other as much as we do. I would say just cherish your time here because it goes so fast.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
I would leave my Mario Kart skills to Ruairi O’Connor because he is my nemesis when it comes to that video game.

Jack Rye – Irvine, Calif.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
It would have to be freshman year, Super Regionals against the University of Florida in Gainesville. I ran into the wall twice in one inning. Did I mention it was on ESPN, on national television, I don’t think I will ever forget that moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t make either catch, both hits were home runs.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 17, 2018, 10 years from now?
Hopefully playing baseball and settling down somewhere here in Florida or back in California.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
I would have to leave my advice to the hitters. Always stay positive. You are going to fail most of the time in this sport and getting down on yourself is not going to help, you’re just going to dig yourself in a hole that you might not be able to get out of. Just stay positive, know yourself as a hitter and everything will work out.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
I would have to leave my culinary skills to Ohmed Danesh. He thinks he can cook but he and I both know who the real cook is.

Ryan Strauss – Tampa, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
I would have to say throwing a complete game against Florida and getting the win this year. It was a lot of fun.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 17, 2018, 10 years from now?
Hopefully still playing baseball, but I honestly don’t have a clue. It is so far away.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
Stay focused and positive in what ever you do which will help you be successful.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
I would leave a pair of sunglasses to Matt Fairel because he is always buying a pair off me everyday. He loves Oakley sunglasses and always seems to want the ones I have.

Jonathan Guffey – Tampa, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
When we went to Wake Forest back in 2006 and played in the longest ACC game in history. I just remember being down in the bullpen with Jimmy Marshall. He probably warmed up maybe six, seven or eight times, it was just crazy because we had no idea what was going on. Helping him warm up was just draining on all of us, but it was a great time.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 17, 2018, 10 years from now?
I see myself in South Florida, hopefully I have a really good job, wife, 2.75 kids, a dog, a white picket fence and coaching Little League.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
Throughout my time at Florida State, I’ve worked with the pitchers everyday and I would just remind them to stay confident. You’re always going to have another day, whether it’s another start or another chance out of the bullpen. One start is not going to make or break your career. Just stay confident and trust yourself.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
I would leave my good looks and great personality to Ruairi O’Connor…yeah, definitely those qualities!

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