In Focus: Let the Good Times Roll
Kevin Berry Cherishes His LSU Career
Laissez les bon temps rouler is a symbolic phrase that touches the emotions of many Louisianians.
The familiar phrase is symbolic for letting the good times roll, and in Louisiana, the good times roll whether it’s chowing down Cajun cuisine, celebrating one of the state’s several holidays, or most importantly, celebrating Louisiana’s favorite pastime – sports.
For LSU senior right-handed pitcher Kevin Berry, letting the good times roll in baseball was always an easy journey until his sophomore season at the University of New Orleans came to a sudden crossroad.
A native of New Orleans, Berry began his collegiate pitching career at UNO in 2009. However, after the university announced it was dropping to Division III for athletics, Berry knew his time in New Orleans had come to a close.
“Growing up in New Orleans, my high school was right around the corner from UNO,” Berry said. “I had a good relationship with all the coaches, and it was a comfort zone for me to go to there.”
After finishing his 2010 season working 44.2 innings on the mound and recording 32 strikeouts, Berry was offered a scholarship at LSU and made what he admits was an easy decision.
“Coming to LSU and having an opportunity to play for the greatest college baseball program in the country has definitely been a dream come true,” Berry said. “Just being a part of some great teams these last three years has been all around a lot of fun.”
Joining the LSU Tigers has been a decision upon which Berry has never looked back.
Berry is known for being one of LSU’s top veteran relief pitchers, and has made 57 impressive appearances from the bullpen over the past three seasons. In his first season with the Tigers in 2011, Berry made a team-high 26 appearances and limited opponents to a .210 batting average.
Now in his final season with the Tigers, Berry has learned to cherish every single game.
“I feel like after this year I will probably be done with baseball,” Berry said. “I’ve learned that in every game to cherish the moment because it’s going to be ending soon. Taking pride in every single day and seeing how much work I can put in.”
With the 2013 season more than half way over, Berry and the rest of the Tigers have their eyes and hearts set on a trip to Omaha.
“Last year we felt like we were so close,” Berry said. “This year we just have some unfinished business.”
With a dazzling overall record, the Tigers are already displaying themselves as one of the nation’s top threats. Berry believes that if the team keeps doing what they’ve been doing then a trip to Omaha is within reach.
“We just want to keep working hard, and doing things that have gotten us to this point thus far,” Berry said. “Just finishing this year on a more positive note, and going to Omaha and winning once we get there is what we all want to do.”
And a trip to Omaha would definitely cap off what has becoming a good time for Berry’s collegiate career.
“It’s definitely weird knowing this is my last season playing baseball,” Berry said. “I think about it a lot since I’ve been playing baseball my whole life, but after all is said and done I just want to go out and get a job that I love. Hopefully my future job will in some way be involved with baseball because it’s a game I love and a game that I want involved in the rest of my life.”