Jake Diekman, MLB pitcher and Nebraska native, rocks Husker helmet in warmups
Jake Diekman is a longtime MLB reliever and current member of the Tampa Bay Rays. As a Nebraska native, Diekman’s love for all things Huskers runs deep.
Recently, Diekman was spotted representing his Huskers during pre-game warmups. That appearance included Diekman rocking his own Nebraska football helmet and pair of Husker football gloves.
He showed off some of his route-running and his strong left arm in the process:
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“How about this right here? You’ve got to love this. Jake Diekman out there running patterns in his beloved Nebraska Cornhusker helmet,” said one of the announcers. “That’s inspired me, I’m bringing mine to the field Saturday… That’s even got the shield.”
Though Diekman is a Nebraska native, he did not play for the Cornhuskers. He played at Southern High School in Wymore, Nebraska and eventually played college baseball at Doane University in Crete and Cloud County Community College (Kansas).
He was eventually selected in the 30th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Diekman has since gone on to make over 650 MLB appearances across 12 seasons. He is currently a key piece of Tampa Bay’s bullpen for an organization looking to make a deep playoff run.