By Guillermo Amezquita
Bottom of the ninth, two outs bases loaded and there’s a full count, Guillermo Amezquita from the stretch, here’s the pitch, strike three and Guillermo Amezquita pitches a perfect game in his major league debut. I have pictured this scenario my head over and over again ever since I was a little kid.
Being a professional athlete takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It’s always been a dream of mine ever since I can remember. Growing up, I was always told that I was never good enough or I would never make it in professional baseball. It really is true that people never want to see you do better than them. Since my signing in October, I feel like I’ve taken the steps to become a better baseball player by eating right and working out with trainers and ex-pro baseball players. I feel like I’ve taken my seriousness of the game to a whole other level. As a college ball player I feel as if it was more fun but still serious at the same time. Now that I’m under contract, if I don’t perform well I lose my job.
The journey of how I got to where I am today has been a long one. In the summer of 2014 I joined a summer collegiate team in San Mateo,California called the Rounders. There I met Manager Dan Palladino and head Coach Eric Burns. I played for them and then I was asked if I was interested in playing overseas in Holland. I immediately fell in love with idea of playing professional baseball in a different country. It took one year after the question was asked for me to make a decision. Before I booked my plane ticket to the Netherlands my coaches informed me that the team went bankrupt. From there they tried to place me on a different team but the team they tried to place me on had their max of international players.
I had initially thought my days as a baseball player were over. I decided to finish my schooling at Missouri Valley College. I was looking forward to my future without baseball and late one cold October afternoon, I received a phone call. The phone call I received was from Bill Moore, manager of the Garden City Wind in the Pecos league. I told him about the situation I was in trying to play professionally in a different country. Moore Wanted to find out more information about my situation and on me as a player. A week later he offered me a professional contract and an invitation to spring training. From October to now I’ve been eager to get back on a pitcher’s mound.
What I have to say to any athlete at any level is that don’t ever let anybody tell you that you aren’t good enough. And to never let anybody discourage you from your goals and dreams.There are people out there that are going to tell you that you aren’t good enough but you need to block them out. If you put in the work you will see results. Never give up if you put your mind to it your ambitions are limitless.
I don’t feel that have too much pressure on my back. Ultimately, I want to make my parents proud and the friends that have stuck with me all the way. I have an unbelievable support system and I can not thank them enough. They are the ones that keep me going, and I do it for them. Not for fame, not for money, but for the satisfaction that they will be happy with me.
The next chapter in my life is Garden City, Kansas to play for the Wind. I’m excited to continue my baseball career. I am very appreciative to participate in the Pecos league of professional baseball. To myself, being a professional athlete really is a dream come true. I have goals for myself in this league. My first one is to make it to the all-star game and to bring championship to Garden City Kansas. After the season I hope to get into affiliated ball to reach my ultimate goal of making it to the big leagues. All I have to say is that dreams really do come true if one believes in themselves.