Athlete of the month: John Reid

When John Reid ’15 was only seven years old, his dad registered him for Princeton Little League; this experience was Reid’s first time playing with an organized team. Reid took an immediate liking to the sport and has continuously sought to make it an integral part of his life.

Now, after almost a decade, Reid is co-captain of the varsity baseball team.

“It [was] a team vote,” said Head Coach David Roberts on the subject of Reid’s election as captain. “He was overwhelmingly selected.”

Since making the varsity team his sophomore year, Reid has been a part of 18 wins for the Little Tigers. Even with a small team of under 20 players, Reid takes an optimistic look at the size of the team and stresses the importance of camaraderie among players.

“[Being on the team has] made me a lot of friends,” Reid said. “It’s a really close knit group that I’m happy to be a part of.”

For Reid, an important part of team leadership is using his experience to guide others through demonstration rather than instruction. “Neither [Co-Captain Ben Danis ’15 nor I] is all that vocal, but I think we lead by example,” Reid said.

Even without a vocal leadership, Reid has developed a close bond with his teammates through his approachability. “As a teammate [Reid’s] a lot of fun to be around, he’s a funny guy … He’s a good leader too, [and] he makes sure [the team is] focused when [it’s] goofing off,” said pitcher Ben Grass ’15.

This year, Reid will continue his role on the team as a cleanup hitter and starting left fielder, a defensive position that he has held for the last three years.

“[Playing in the outfield] gives me time to think about the game [and] analyze it,” Reid said. “I just really like the freedom out there.”

Although he has yet to make the decision of where he will attend college, Reid is sure that his participation in the sport will not end in high school.

“I’m not going to play any Division I baseball [in college], but I might play Division III baseball somewhere,” Reid said. “[If not], I’m hoping to play club.” Despite Reid’s excitement to possibly continue baseball in college, he is also very focused on leaving behind a strong legacy for his team in Princeton.

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