Although this year ended without expected closure, I would never trade the time we spent together. Words cannot express how thankful and proud I am of this group. The Class of 2020 provided exceptional energy and elevated Irvine Baseball to a level it hasn’t been at in a long time. Transition is always tough and not only did you gentlemen step up to the challenge, you exceeded expectations. You have laid the groundwork for future Vaquero baseball players. We ask, as a coaching staff, that you leave the Jersey better than you found it. This group of seniors has absolutely done that. As a player, one of my former coaches and mentors, John Altobelli, shared a message that I have tried to pass down. Now, when something important has been taken from you, the words seem much more prophetic.
“At some point everyone has to stop playing the game, whether it be a scout that tells you you aren’t good enough, your body giving up on you, or an unforeseen circumstance that you have no control over, all players have to move on. Your job is to take advantage of the time you play, so when you look back at it you can be proud that you didn’t leave anything in the tank.”
Hopefully, you can look back at your high school playing days and be proud of what you accomplished, the work you put in, the teammate you've been, and the man that you are. As always, if you ever need anything please know that this program is here for you.