Jason Repko Home During Off seasonPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash - You may have seen him when he played for Hanford High School. You may also have caught him in uniform for a Yakima Bears game in 2000. Most recently, you can catch the Los Angeles Dodger outfielder throwing a football around and taking some swings at the Batter's Box in Kennewick. Former Falcon, Bear and current Dodger Jason Repko is back home in the Tri-Cities during the M.L.B. offseason. He just got married to his hometown sweetheart a few weeks ago in Las Vegas and bought a house in Richland. Right now, Repko is training every day so he can earn a spot in the outfield for the L.A. ball-club next season. Repko says the addition of Juan Pierre to the Dodgers will make it harder for him to earn a position, but he loves the competition.
Repko chose to forego college and sign with the Dodgers directly out of high school; he was the 37th overall pick. As far as that decision goes, Repko says it's completely personal. "I wasn't cut out for college; playing baseball was what I had wanted to do my entire life. I always said that if I got drafted it didn't matter if it was in the first round or the fiftieth, I was going to sign with the team."
Repko's experience with the Dodgers for the past two years has been very memorable. In the early part of this past season, Repko was pinch hitting for the pitcher and was facing one of this generation's best pitchers in Greg Maddux. "He totally carved me up at the plate! I watched that tape a million times and I showed it to my friends. It was really great when we got him (Maddux) in a trade and I got to sit down right next to him and talk to him, learn things from him. It's been amazing."