I had little expectations of the year. Obviously, I wanted to be able to play but I knew that the coach would do what was best for the team. When I heard my name called in the first series, I knew that I would get my opportunities to show what I could do on the field and potentially play more given how I did. I proved to myself and the coaches that I was college ready as a freshman, which was almost unheard of. From the first start to the last, I provided competitive at-bats and a strong presence in the outfield. This was a product of my teammates and coaches making me a better player. I grew from a kid fresh out of high school to a collegiate athlete really quickly. Hell, if I hadn’t then this blog would have been about a hobby instead of the start of my career.
The friendships that I now have for the rest of my life will prove to be the best thing that has every happened to me. These guys are like family to me now and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. We bonded together and put together one of the grittiest seasons this program has ever seen. From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. We fought together, hurt together, and celebrated together.
To all of the seniors whose season and career’s ended today, I just want to say thank you for everything you have taught me about baseball, how to be competitive, and life in general. Words cannot describe how emotional it was to see it end, but how thankful I was to be apart of something so life changing. I am and forever will be a grinder after this year and that has unspeakable value.