Senior captain Luke Green (Bowie, Md./DeMatha Catholic) of the St. Mary's College of Maryland baseball team writes a letter to his father to describe his four years at St. Mary's and thank him for being his No. 1 fan.
It's been a crazy four years since I've come to college, and I've loved every second of it. Despite the ups and downs, coming to St. Mary's to play ball is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Thank you for encouraging me to play college baseball because it has been a blessing. Since the moment I walked onto campus as a freshman, I had a huge group of friends who showed me the ropes, which not many college freshmen can relate to. This team has become a second family to me.
Being apart of this Seahawks team has been great on and off the field, whether it's grabbing a bite with the guys or competing every day out on the field. I always follow your advice and make sure to have fun, but not too much, and to always study hard. My teammates have always been around to help me in all aspects of college, from picking classes to helping me with my swing, and everything in between. The memories I have with these guys off the baseball field are incredible, and it has greatly helped our on-field success. I could not have asked for a better group of guys to enjoy college with.
Remember sophomore year, when we played Salisbury and they were the No. 1 team in the country? We won the series! How many people can say they took down the number one team in the country? Not many. This team has taught me that regardless of your past or what others think of you, greatness can always be achieved. We may have never had the best talent, but this program has always had good compatibility, in the sense that every guy cared for the guy next to him. Throughout my four years, this team has showed me that hard work and dedication goes a long way. I think one of the best parts of playing a D3 sport is that there are no athletic scholarships and no one is getting paid to play. We're all here because we love the game and love competing for the top prize, a championship.
But Dad, this college experience would never have been what it was without you. You were always there for me when I needed someone. You kept pushing me and made me be my best. I'll never forget you throwing to me in the cage or hitting me ground balls in the hot summers. You always made sure I was ahead on my schoolwork, so I could go out and have fun with my friends instead of worrying about academics. You taught me to trust in God, and that He'll take care of the rest. Along this whole journey through college, you've been my No. 1 fan. You've hugged me after games when I've almost broken down and cheered for me when I was at the top of the world. I've never had to argue with an umpire, because you'd already be in his ear before I could think of anything to say. My college career coming to an end is sad for both of us, but I know that something just as good is waiting out there for us. Thank you for being my No. 1 fan because without you, this amazing experience would have never been possible.