It's his first season as the team's closer, but he likes the pressure. Credit football for that: Klein was a three-year starting quarterback at Anaheim Servite.
"Playing at a high-profile position like quarterback, all eyes are going to be on you and your teammates are looking at you to see how you react to things and I think it carries over to the mound," Klein said.
As a pitcher, the ball is always in your hands, just like as a quarterback, he added. But he easily could be playing football. He got multiple offers from Pacific 10 Conference programs. California's Jeff Tedford was after him pretty hard too.
"I always joke with him, ‘The best quarterback at UCLA is Dan Klein and they don't even know it,' " Servite football Coach Troy Thomas said.