I started playing baseball when I was about 3 years old. I remember being very young spending hours upon hours hitting off a tee with a bat I could barely hold. I soon started playing in my first little league when I was in kindergarten; even though the other kids were older than me, I always had a strong arm and could send the ball flying. Baseball has always been intuitive for me; I feel comfortable and empowered on the field.
Baseball is all about mental play: stats, averages, numbers, and strategy. Knowing when to steal or throw a fastball as opposed to a slider is everything. Strategy and teamwork have to be in sync, as you’re only as strong as the team’s weakest link. I’ve always loved how positions are based on specific skill sets, which accommodates for different abilities.
Straight A’s in the class and perfect performance on the field are defined by diligence, efficiency, self-reliance and self motivation. Every point counts, every practice is a chance for excellent execution. The little things matter. Always have ears open. Always keep your head up. I’ve learned as much from my loses as my victories. I always strive to hit it out of the park—both at home plate as well as in the classroom.