It’s that time of the year to give a fairwell and congratulations to senior Coyote baseball player Michael Castello, who played outfielder and later altered to catcher.
He will always have a passion for baseball as he as been playing since he was four-years-old and has never quit loving the sport.
He enjoys baseball because it is “an individual sport played with a team concept. You can’t hide behind a teammate, but yet you have to be able to count on them in a certain situations,” he said.
Castello has experienced something most college baseball players don’t get to experience in their college venture.
“It was pretty cool playing at the same school, and for the same coach as my dad did back in his day. Not too many father son duos can say that and we’ve been able to say that at two different schools now. Here and RCC for Dennis Rogers,” he said.
Having the support from his family throughout the whole season is something Castello will always remember.
“They believed in me and never let me get down on myself. They push for me to continue with baseball too, now that my college career has ended,” he said.
Although this was Castello’s only season playing for the Coyotes, he has made some great memories and has taken a few notes about his baseball career.
“This was my first and only year at CSUSB but it was definitely one of my best years of college. [I] Made great friends and some better memories,” he said.
“I learned how to adapt to situations that don’t always turn out in your favor and to not take the opportunity to play for granted.”
As his college baseball experience comes to an end Castello expresses his thoughts.
“[It’s] definitely a new feeling and came way too fast. I’ve never had the feeling of not knowing what will happen now, there has always been that ‘next season’ and now that there isn’t one its an unsettling feeling but gets me excited to get ready for whatever the future holds.”
Though his college baseball career might be over he has plans for his future.
“If nothing happens further with baseball I will return for the fall quarter to finish my schooling for a [Masters] Sociology degree, then will attend a fire academy in January to begin my career as a firefighter,” he said.
His favorite MLB player is Mark Trumbo aka,“The Big Trombone,” who plays for the Angel’s which is also his favorite MLB team.
He enjoys watching Trumbo play because “he always plays hard and he can play multiple positions. Always getting moved around the ball field,” he said.
Castello will be graduating from CSUSB with a degree in Sociology.
He leaves the Coyotes baseball team who are now holding it down, with some advice for his team, “Don’t ever be satisfied and always try to get better at something. You’re in control of you and only you.”