AN OPEN LETTER FROM Mike Leake TO ALL ARIZONA STATE FANS:
To the ASU coaches, ASU players, ASU fans, ASU academic coaches, my family and friends:
I would like to thank you for the past three years I have been a part of Arizona State University. They were three of the most memorable years of my life on and off the field.
To the coaches
I have been fortunate enough to have great coaching at every level of my career!
You could not have asked for a better coaching staff than I had during my three seasons. Coach Pat Murphy and his assistants devote more time than anyone knows to keep us players happy and eager to play the game. They demand a lot out of you, but in the best way possible! Thank you very much!
To the past, current, and future ASU baseball players
I thank you for starting and maintaining such a strong tradition of winning baseball, from Coach Bobby Winkles to Coach Jim Brock to Coach Murphy and all the players who have carried on the rich tradition of representing yourself well on and off the field.
Thank you to the teammates I was fortunate enough to play with over the past three seasons. Current and future players, you do not know how fortunate you should feel to put on a Devils uniform. Many baseball players dream to be able to wear it, so love every moment you are there because it will be gone in a flash. It feels like just yesterday I was pitching my first collegiate inning versus Southern Utah.
To the fans
Thank you for being the best fans in the nation and thank you for allowing us to have the best attendance on the west coast every year I was here and for the past five years. Without you guys and gals we would not have as successful a program as we do! Thank you again for all your support during my career!
To the academic coaches
Thank you for keeping us eligible and safe from the wrath of Coach Murphy! Thank you for the long hours behind the desk and for putting up with all of us knuckleheads.
To my family and friends
Thank you for all the support the past three years both for me and ASU baseball! I appreciate the time and effort it took! All I have to say about my parents is that I am glad I did not listen to them when they said they liked powder blue and gold better than maroon and gold! What were they thinking?
I will miss Arizona State deeply! I thank you all for the joy you have given me. I am grateful forever! Go Devils!
Mike Leake, #8
Arizona State Baseball, 2007-09