Player Spotlight

Meet #44, D.W. Joyner!

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What do you like to do for fun?   Play baseball.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?   A goat because they are funny. 

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  The Coral Reef to snorkel.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  Play baseball.

What is your nickname?  Little Man.

What is your favorite food?  Ice cream.

What do you like most about playing baseball?  Playing the game and being with my friends.  

What is your favorite baseball team?  The Cubs.

What makes you laugh?  My little brother.

Name one awesome thing about you?  I have a lot of energy.

Day or night?  Day

Leader or follower?  Leader

Chocolate or chips? Chocolate

Dog or cat?  Dog

Xbox or Playstation?  Playstation

Basketball or football?  Basketball

Milk or water?  Water

Hitting the ball or making the out?  Making an out.

Beach or mountains?  Beach 

Player Spotlight

Meet #1, N. Pearce

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What do you like to do for fun?  I like to play baseball and basketball.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?  I would want to be a mole hog because they don’t get hurt a lot since they’re underground. 

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  Death Valley National Park

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A scientist.

What is your nickname?  Everyone calls me Nick.

What do you worry about?  Hmmmm.  I worry about getting hit playing baseball.

What is your favorite food?  I have a lot but shrimp is my number one.

What do you like most about playing baseball?  Catching pop flys and getting to play with my friends. 

What is your favorite baseball team?  The Brewers. 

What makes you laugh?  Softly tickling my foot.

Name one awesome thing about you?  I can wiggle my ears.

Day or night?  Day

Leader or follower?  Leader

Chocolate or chips?  Chocolate chips!!

Dog or cat?  Dog

Xbox or Playstation?  Xbox

Basketball or football?  Basketball

Milk or water?  Water

Hitting the ball or making an out?  Making an out.  Everyone is proud of you when you make an out.  

Beach or mountains?  Beach because I’ve never been to the mountains.

Player Spotlight

Meet #18, K. McCargo

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What do you like to do for fun?  I love to play the Wii, go-kart riding, shooting BB guns and most of all backyard baseball.  

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?  I would be a cheetah because I love to run fast and nothing wants to eat me.  

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  My dream vacation would be Universal Studios or the mountains because it’s so much fun. 

What do you want to do when you grow up?  I would like to be doctor. 

What is your nickname?  I don’t have a nickname but sometimes my Nanny calls me her sugar pudding.  

What is your favorite food?  Pizza and my mother’s pot roast. 

What do you like most about playing baseball?  I don’t have one favorite thing about baseball. I just like the game. I really enjoy throwing and hitting the baseball very hard.

What is your favorite baseball team?  I think my favorite team is the Orioles because they have a cool logo. 

Name one awesome thing about you.  Fun is the name of my game.

Day or night?  Day

Leader or follower?  Leader

Chocolate or chips?  Chocolate

Dog or cat?  Dog

Xbox or Playstation?  Xbox

Milk or water? Water over milk any day

Hitting the ball or making an out?  Hitting

Beach or mountains?  Mountains

 

 

Player Spotlight

Meet #8, G. Murray

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What do you like to do for fun?  Play basketball, video games and jump on the trampoline.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?  Puppy because they are cute.

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  Go to Great Wolf Lodge.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  Work at a pizzeria.

What is your nickname?  G-Money

What do you worry about?  Nothing.

What is your favorite food?  Popcorn shrimp

What do you like the most about playing baseball?  Hitting

What is your favorite baseball team?  MudCats and Yankees

What makes you laugh?  Funny videos. 

Name one awesome thing about you.  Being able to do flips.

Day or night?  Night

Leader or follower?  Follower

Chocolate or chips?  Chips

Dog or cat?  Dog

Xbox or Playstation?  Neither

Basketball or football?  Basketball

Milk or water?  Water

Hitting the ball or making an out?  Hitting the ball

Beach or mountains?  Mountains 

Player Spotlight

Meet #7, A. Keene

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What do you like to do for fun?  I like to play baseball and basketball. 

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?  I would be a monkey because I like bananas and I am crazy. 

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  I would go to New York because I can go to Central Park.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I want to be a baseball player and an archeologist. 

What is your nickname?  MonkeyMan

What do you worry about?  I worry about if I am going to hit the baseball.

What is your favorite food?  Pizza

What do you like most about playing baseball?  I like to catch pop-ups in the air.

What is your favorite baseball team?  New York Yankees

What makes you laugh?  Charlotte makes me laugh. 

Name one awesome thing about you.  I am tall.

Day or night?  I like day better. 

Leader or follower?  Follower

Chocolate or chips?  I would eat chips.

Dog or cat?  I like cats better than dogs.

Xbox or Playstation?  I like a PS4 better.

Basketball or football?  Basketball

Milk or water?  Milk

Hitting the ball or making an out?  Hitting the ball good.

Beach or mountains?  Beach

Hardball Pride

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Side by side to watch the game
worried as parents do
he steps into the batter’s box
This combination of me and you

No fear upon his hairless face
they catch his subtle grin
not a doubt, no hint of fear
He thinks he’s Tony Gwynn

His mom utters maternal prayer
analyzing his practiced stance
Holding their collective breath
As he swings for the fence

The ball hits the catcher’s mitt
“Strike one” rings out in the night
Determination creases his brow
He concentrates with all his might

Knocking dirt from his cleats
determination now adorns his face
If there is fear in his heart
He wouldn’t dare show a trace

His eyes say it all
“It’s the pitcher or it’s me”
One thing is for certain
“It damn sure won’t be me”

All eyes are on our son
as he takes the next pitch
He knows it is high inside
His cocky nod makes the pitcher twitch

His mom files away the reprimand
Confidence to arrogance, the line very fine
If her young man crosses it
He’ll surely ride the pine

The next pitch comes in low and away
The pitcher’s fate is sealed
Doing just as our boy’s been taught
A hit to the opposite field

Her pulse explodes at bat on ball
Cheering as he drives in a run
He makes her heart completely stop
barely stealing second, just for fun

Our eyes meet, my pride can’t be denied
With focus back on the game
he takes a lead, determined to take third
With the ball pitched, another base he does claim

Sixty feet from breaking the tie
Our son keeps his eye on the prize
He launches towards home at crack of the bat
Knowing he is safe, tears fill his Mom’s eyes

Empty dugout and home plate mayhem
Parental cheers do rock the stands
All choked up with heartfelt pride
Mom and Dad smile, while holding hands

Written by a Baseball Mom with the help of a Baseball Dad

Player Spotlight

Meet #3, J. Smith

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What do you like to do for fun?   Video games.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?  Monkey, I love to climb trees.

Where would you go for your dream vacation?  New York.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  Play MLB.

What is your nickname?  Wild Thing because his Dad called him that after he got his glasses, after Charlie Sheen in the movie “Major League”.

What do you worry about?  Family safety.

What is your favorite food?  Chicken.

What do you like most about playing baseball?  Being part of a team.

What is your favorite baseball team?  LA Dodgers

What makes you laugh?  My Dad.

Name one awesome thing about you.  I’m alive.

Day or night?  Day

Leader or follower?  Leader

Chocolate or chips?  Chocolate

Dog or cat?  Dog

Xbox or Playstation?  Xbox

Basketball or football?  Basketball 

Milk or water?  Milk 

Hitting the ball or making an out?  Getting someone out

Beach or mountains?  Beach