Eye of the Tiger: Christian Staehely
Posted May 5, 2008; 04:46 p.m.
An excerpt from the Princeton Athletics video series featuring scholar athletes.
Video Closed Captions
Hi, my name is Christian Staehely, and I'm a senior on the baseball team.
You're watching Eye of the Tiger.
I got interested in baseball...I guess I started playing t-ball when I was five.
I guess that's when you start playing t-ball.
My dad was a big baseball guy. He grew up in Texas and he went to U.T.,
and wasn't a football fan -- he was more of a baseball guy.
So I didn't learn how to throw a football until I was in college but learned
to throw a baseball when I was four.
Actually I had no intentions of going to Princeton. I always wanted to go to
U.T. or Rice, and then I went to the Perfect Game Showcase in Marietta,
Georgia (I was on a select baseball team in high school) and some of the Ivy
League schools saw me play and pitch and asked about grades and stuff.
I told them my grades, then they started recruiting me, so I sent a video to
Princeton, even though Princeton's never heard of me or seen me.
Some of the video was of me pitching in our state playoffs and stuff,
and the next thing I knew, Coach Bradley was interested in me,
flew me up here and I loved it, loved the team. It was the best atmosphere
for Ivy League sports, I thought.
Right now I'm still considering playing baseball after school. I played
European baseball last fall when I studied abroad.
I played for the Swedish national team (since I'm a Swedish citizen) and
I got a few offers in Europe to play
and in Australia, in case the U.S. doesn't work out, but I'm still crossing my
fingers for that.
My biggest hobby is playing music and writing and recording music.
I kind of set up this little home, this room,
a makeshift recording studio out of my dorm room. I specifically got
a single this year so I could make it and soundproof it.
It's about as good as I can do for up here at Princeton. But I love
instruments and messing around with different instruments,
anything with strings, I love playing them. I'm trying to teach myself piano
My favorite class was probably an Indian music class taught by Ustad
who is this world-renowned tabla player, and he taught us about
It was a very introductory-level class, but it taught me a lot about the
history of Indian music and its integration
with Western music. And he would give live performances in class, and it
was pretty amazing
to have this world-renowned guy teach your class and give little concerts.
It was amazing.