While spring training for the pros may be coming to an end, high school baseball is in full swing. High School seniors are trying to secure their future, and to them, every game counts. Many have dreams of playing at the pro level, and have their favorite players they look up to.
Like the pros, they have to have a balance in their lives. For them, it’s between baseball, school and family. They hustle and sweat just like the pros, and have that drive and determination to carry their team to the play-offs. Below are quotes on favorite MLB players and photos from some of the local high school players where I live. They too want to be winners, and they too play because they love it.
Friendswood High School Coach Charlie Taylor "We are pleased as coaches as to what we have seen in the first few weeks of the season and have had a good start in district play. If we continue working to improve we should have a good season ,with hopes to return to the playoffs again this season."
Favorite MLB PLayer: Brad Lidge of the Houston Astros because
"He plays hard and grinds it out every game. I admire that.”
Favorite MLB Player: Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees
“….he gets into the game…he’s a great baseball player.”
Favorite: Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros
“He’s a hard worker and gives 110% every game.”
Favorite: Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros
"He had an ACL tear like I had and he recovered from it, and carried his team to the World Series.”
Coach Ben Pardo – Pearland High School Baseball Coach on his team. "It is a close group of boys who work extremely hard. They have expectations of returning to the playoffs in 2006. The district race will be a dog fight."
Favorite: Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees
"Best shortstop of all time."
Favorite: Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
"Best closer ever."
Favorite: Alex Rodriguez– New York Yankees
"Good 3rd baseman -unique style."
Favorite: Pete Rose
He always gave 100% every time on the field and was one of the best hitters in the game."