Thomas Reid ’19 came to tryout for the PHS baseball team, hoping to make the varsity team as a freshman. When tryout week ended, he found out that he had not achieved his goal, and is playing on the JV team in 2016.
“It was certainly a bit disappointing,” Reid said. “But I like the coach I got and all of my friends are on JV, so I am confident I will still have a fun time.”
His older brother, John Reid ’15, also loved the sport and played on the varsity team for three years of his high school career. “My dad loved baseball as a kid when he was growing up, and I watched my brother play it when I was younger. It made me just want to get out into the field and play,” Reid said.
Similar to his brother, Reid has stuck with the sport, playing all three years for John Witherspoon Middle School and the Princeton district club team.
Last year, his older brother John Reid ’15 was a co-captain of the baseball team, having played on the varsity team since his sophomore year. With Thomas stepping in as a freshman, the Reid legacy will continue.
“I think he has learned a lot from his brother. His brother was a good hitter and probably one of the best outfielders we have had in awhile,” said Co-Captain Hayden Reyes ’16, a shortstop. “It gives him a little confidence knowing he is like a little Reid.”
Reid acknowledged his older brother’s achievements, while also making it clear that he wanted to have a memorable career of his own. “People expect me to live up to [John]. I like the fact my brother was on team. It … gives me a little more of an edge and I’m not afraid to admit that,” Reid said.
“It’s clear to everyone that [Thomas] does have potential,” Reyes said. “The coaches are looking into him more because he is [John] Reid’s little brother … His potential to play is high, and he can compete.”
While fielding has always come naturally, Reid hopes to become a better hitter and a more skilled pitcher. He plans to visit the batting cages more often to practice.