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Baseball Provides a Second Family for Somers Senior

Michael Hirsch pitches in a sectional game at John Jay-Cross River.

Somers senior Michael Hirsch was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team.

How old were you when you started playing baseball and how did you get started?

I was 8 years old when I started playing baseball. I always loved playing Wiffle ball in my backyard as a kid, and one day my friend’s parents questioned why I didn’t play any sports, so I started baseball.

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What has it been like being a senior on the baseball team? How did you look to lead the team?

Our season was a little frustrating at times, but being a senior was great because I knew that many of the younger players would look up to me. I think I did a good job leading by example this year.

What accomplishments have you been most proud of?

I’m most proud of earning all-league honors this year. In school, I’m very proud of my strong academics.

What is your favorite memory on the diamond?

Going to Cooperstown with the travel baseball team. It was just a fantastic experience.

Looking back on the season, what was the most memorable part?

Beating Lakeland, because as a team we all came alive and it was definitely our climax of the season. We all just had so much fun that game and even if I don’t remember the exact result in 20-30 years, I will definitely remember the fun I had with my teammates.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My parents. I have learned so many lessons from them that I would take up 10 pages of this newspaper listing them all.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 40 seconds and I also consider myself a stellar ping-pong player.

Do you plan on continuing to play baseball in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school?

I am going to Villanova University. I do not plan on playing varsity baseball there, but certainly club or intramural baseball is on the radar for me.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

Business. The movie “Moneyball” actually fueled my interest for this because I realized at a young age that I could use a business degree for many things, possibly even working for a baseball team.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Derek Jeter—he just did everything correctly and with integrity. My favorite sports team is the New York Yankees.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I have a Spotify playlist mixing many different styles of music, and I normally jam to that before a game.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Teleportation. Traffic is one of my biggest pet peeves and it would just be nice to immediately get where I want to go.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Hawaii. I’ve only heard good things about the weather and tourist attractions there so that would be very fun.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the baseball program?

Playing on the baseball team gives you a second family. There is no better way to end your baseball career than with the same guys you have been playing with your whole lives. Even if you don’t have the greatest season you will always carry the memories of your teammates with you.

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