YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Senior Jack Tinari is an outfielder on the Yorktown baseball team. He also played football for nine years and was a captain on his freshman, JV and varsity teams. He started at guard and also played linebacker, earning All-League honors.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
Getting through this period of social distancing has been tough because I miss my teammates and friends. To keep busy, I have been watching movies, working out, and eating a lot.
What jersey number do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I wear number 11 because when I was a sophomore a senior handed it down to me and I thought it was a good fit.
When did you start playing baseball and why?
I started playing baseball at the t-ball level and ever since then it’s been my favorite sport.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Yorktown?
My favorite sports memory from my time at Yorktown was getting a chance to start at guard in the Carrier Dome in Syracue. It was the best feeling in the world to just be able to step on that field, let alone play.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model has been my football Coach Mike Rescigno. Every day at practice, he taught me how to be a competitor and prove myself to everyone as well as being a family with my brothers. He taught me to always make yourself second to something doesn’t matter what it is. Coach House has taught me many life lessons and I will always look up to him.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Pre-game rituals include bacon, egg and cheese before the game. It’s a must. Also, gotta smear on some eyeblack.
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
I am attending the University of Maryland and plan on joining the club baseball team.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Super strength so I could out-bench everyone.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
Something surprising about myself is that I play the double bass in the YHS orchestra.
What place would you most like to visit?
I’d like to visit Fiji just to view the crystal-clear water and go swimming in it.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
AJ’s Bar and Grill has really good wings and they are huge supporters of YHS athletics.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Right now, the go to app for me is Zoom. Getting to video chat with all my friends is always a good time.
Are you currently binging anything?
I just finished the show “Outer Banks” on Netflix and I’m currently rewatching the Matrix trilogy.
For a young athlete growing up in the Yorktown school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the baseball team and why should they go out for it?
I would tell them there’s no better feeling then hitting that walk-off double and having all your brothers there behind you to congratulate you and the team. I know I played baseball for myself when I was a freshman and sophomore. Yet, when I grew up and realized it was about the team, I started making best friends for life and that’s the best experience; to have friends and memories that will never leave you.
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