I have always loved the sport of baseball. While I also participated in basketball, football, and soccer until the age of 12, it was then that I decided that baseball was the sport that held my passion. Given that and an abiding interest in pursuing this sport in a way that could challenge me to always take it to the next level, I invested my focus on baseball. That decision has provided me further opportunities to learn all aspects of the game. In the process, I have been able to dedicate my focus and commitment to baseball, knowing that regardless of how long I have played or continue to play, there will always be room for improvement.
As the youngest of 4 children, a strong work ethic was instilled in me by my parents. It has been said that in baseball as in life, all of the important things happen at home. My parents taught me that my commitment and my demeanor in my activities will help determine the outcome and guide me to reaching my goals. I appreciate the ways I have seen the truth in those teachings, both in and beyond the context of baseball. Continuing the theme of working hard to achieve my goals and being challenged by those above me, I am one of the youngest members of my high school baseball team. Working hard and being pushed to succeed by the competitors around me resulted in me being a starter on my freshman team, while also filling in on our JV team. In my sophomore year, I played on our JV team and filled in on our Varsity team. That season saw me deliver 3 home runs.
My recent focus has been on hitting and defense. Simultaneously, I am working with a strength and conditioning coach to prepare me to be an even stronger contributor to my teammates throughout the season.
Beyond baseball, I am building a strong foundation for my continuing academic career and professional future. My current plans are to pursue a degree in Mathematics. While I have been advised that such a goal will be severely challenged by concurrent participation in baseball, I am confident that I can respond to that challenge successfully. As Frederick Wilcox said, “Progress always involves taking risks. You can’t steal second base with your foot on first.”
I look forward to the challenges ahead. I will welcome them with an eagerness to always learn and to apply those lessons to successful outcomes.