On Saturday, as Game 4 of the World Series played on televisions at Alabama Joe’s Grille in Lantana, a group of Park Vista High School Cobras gathered in the back to watch Trea Turner perform on national television.
It wasn’t that long ago the 26-year-old Washington National’s shortstop was playing high school baseball here in South Florida.
“We are super excited for Trea,” said Park Vista athletic director Pam Romero.
Current high school baseball players from Park Vista also showed up to Saturday night’s watch party at the Lantana sports bar, no doubt inspiring them to chase their dreams.
“You got to believe, you got to work hard, you know, to get to where you go. Take every opportunity that you can and try and make it a positive outcome for yourself,”said principal Reggie Myers.
With handmade posters hanging on the walls and people of all ages decked out in National’s gear, there was no question who patrons were rooting for in this year’s World Series.
“I remember watching him in middle school, all the way obviously though high school, and then at North Carolina State and we are just so proud of what he’s accomplished in such a short period of time,” said former hs baseball coach Larry Greenstein.
The Houston Astros ended up winning Game 4 Saturday night. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game 5 schedule for Sunday night.