Baseball: Norwin grad Matijevic's bat is music to Arizona's ears

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Norwin graduate J.J. Matijevic, who is now a standout baseball player at Arizona.

"As the son of a man known as "D.J. Fireman Joe," J.J. Matijevic knows a thing or two about puttin' on the hits.

His playground, however, is not the Rialto in Greensburg — where dad plays music when not on duty as the Jeannette fire chief — but on the baseball field as a smooth swinging junior first baseman at the University of Arizona.

"I'm a music guy, too," said Matijevic, a Norwin High grad. "He plays everything. Me? I listen to a lot of rap, that type of stuff. Music is definitely a big part of my life."

The sound of Matijevic's bat striking the ball has been music to the ears of Wildcats fans, who are witnessing a Ted Williams-like run by the left-handed hitter."