James Baker ’06 shares life lessons with young athletes
James Baker ’06 understands the importance of self-confidence. A baseball fan from a young age, he grew up eating, sleeping, drinking the sport. But during his sophomore year at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Mass., he was cut from the baseball team.
“I’ll never forget the moment the coach put the roster up on the gym wall and my name wasn’t on it,” says Baker, who majored in history and is well aware of how the past can influence the future.
But he didn’t let that curve ball stop him from pursuing his passion. Instead, he worked out harder and his coach gave him another shot. At the end of his senior year, Baker received the Coach’s Award, and caught the attention of Wheaton Head Baseball Coach Eric Podbelski.