Guy Fieri supports ASU baseball slugger Spencer Torkelson

Sep 10, 2019, 2:11 PM
Chef Guy Fieri who was honored with the 2,664th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, in Hollywo...
Chef Guy Fieri who was honored with the 2,664th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

ASU baseball’s Spencer Torkelson has power. Probably enough to hit a baseball from Phoenix to Flavortown.

Celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri, the charismatic, bleached-hair sporting, sunglasses-wearing, self-proclaimed “Mayor of Flavortown” tweeted out an image of a cover of Baseball America, a magazine that featured Torkelson on its cover. The cover read, “New Age Slugger,” with the subhead, “Teams no longer shy away from righthanded first basemen– not if they mash like Team USA top prospect Spencer Torkelson.”

Fieri tweeted the image with the caption, “Congrats to my buddy Spencer. Keep an eye on this guy. He’s gonna go big!”

It wasn’t immediately clear how Torkelson and Fieri know each other, or whether Torkelson’s oppo-taco power rivals the tacos Fieri can cook up in the kitchen. But we do know that Torkelson saw the post, because he retweeted it on his own Twitter account.

Torkelson, currently a junior at ASU, just wrapped a sophomore season in which he finished tied for fifth in all of NCAA baseball in home runs with 23, just four behind the national leader, Vanderbilt’s J.J. Bleday. Torkelson and his teammate, Hunter Bishop (22 home runs), finished first and second in the Pac-12, respectively, in home runs.

In 2018, Torkelson won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was an All-Conference First Team Selection.

As a freshman, Torkelson set the school record for home runs by a freshman with 25. The previous record was 11 — set by Barry Bonds.

Penguin Air

Penguin Air


Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks the sideline during the team's NFL football preseas...
Haboob Blog

Cardinals’ J.J. Watt encounters ‘baby rattlesnake’ in bathroom

Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt found himself in a situation many who call Arizona home never wish to be in. Or at least he thought so.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals DL Manny Jones runs through drills during OTAs on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tempe....
Tyler Drake

Is that K1? Manny Jones stole Cardinals’ rookie show with Kyler Murray skit

Cardinals DL Manny Jones' impression of Kyler Murray for the rookie talent show on Tuesday had the team doubled over in laughter.
5 days ago
Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro, left, watches along with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Bar...
Haboob Blog

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro loses phone while sliding into 3rd base at Chase Field

Now here's something you don't see very often on the diamond: a cell phone popping out of a players back pocket mid-game.
6 days ago
(Twitter screenshot/@BuffaloBills)...
Haboob Blog

Case Keenum acts as fan to get teammates’ autographs at Bills camp

Buffalo Bills backup QB Case Keenum went undercover at training camp to try to get as many of his teammates' autographs without them noticing.
6 days ago
Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici celebrates a touchdown pass against West Virginia during t...
Tyler Drake

Not even Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury can 1-up Mike Bercovici in Scottsdale

Mike Bercovici might be early into his Cardinals coaching career, but he's still got his head coach beat when it comes to the local scene.
6 days ago
(Twitter screenshot/Rhett Bollinger)...
Haboob Blog

D-backs 3B Josh Rojas’ picture gets mistaken for Angels’ Jose Rojas

It's ok Arizona Diamondbacks fans, Josh Rojas has not been traded away and bats leadoff for Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies.
9 days ago
Guy Fieri supports ASU baseball slugger Spencer Torkelson