For those that know me well, they know that I enjoy really long "deep" messages. So, well, here we go. Every year, only four teams in the entire state of Missouri get to finish their season with a win. Unfortunately, that was not the case for us this year. As my senior season came to an end, there were many things to reflect on. The biggest of which was "what would my life be like if it weren't for Summit Soccer?" The answer to that question is impossible to determine; however, I know that it wouldn't be nearly as great and I wouldn't have any relationships as strong as the one this program has given me.
My freshman year, I didn't want to tryout. My dad practically forced me to. I had nothing to lose. And, what I have come to realize, is that I had everything to gain. Today I put on my uniform for the last-time. I have great comfort in knowing that the last time I ever played goalie, it ended with me fist bumping Lucas Morefield as he came in to finish off a win. It is even more meaningful that the last time I played in a game, the game ended when I scored my first high school goal. The memories made this season, and throughout my high school career, have changed my life forever. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone, it would be to experience a high school sport. And, certainly, don't just play Academy. Now, I would like to personally thank each person that has played a role in the success of the team in my senior season:
When I was awoken by the sound of a text message on the morning of November 16, 2014 little did I know that my life would never be the same. As I glanced at my phone I read a message from an unfamiliar number, a 617 number. Being from St. Louis I had absolutely no idea where this number could be from, nor why they would be contacting me at such an early hour. That text message read “Hanley’s agreed with the BoSox, trust me.” At the time, I had a twitter following of a little over 200 followers, tallied up from two years of opinionated baseball tweets. I had always aspired to be a journalist, with idols such as Heyman and Rosenthal, so why not start now? Still having no idea who this guy is, I tweeted it out. “Why not?” I thought. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. About three hours passed and nothing was happening. Not even suggestions of Hanley to the Red Sox had been mentioned in the media. As I was about to give up, I sent Jon Heyman a DM on Twitter; shockingly, he replied. “Nothing” he said, as I questioned him on whether or not he had heard anything. Finally, Around 6 PM the story broke. It was real. All of it. Around 10 that evening I got another text from this same, unknown, number. This one read “Pablo too, around 5/100.” Of course, I went with it. And the rest is history. I have been lucky enough to be featured in the New Yorker, Bostinno, Yahoo Sports, and even ESPN. All of this is thanks to this “mystery man.” After about a week of discussions, I finally identified him- and without sharing his name- let’s just say he’s a pretty important guy. Really important.
Today, I experienced the same jolt of energy that I did on that cold November morning. However, this time it was a message from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Despite winning out, the 2016 Cardinals did not make the playoffs due to the Giants success.
Jake Wesley, 11/9/15
The biggest question the Cardinals GM John Mozeliak faces this offseason is what to do with the outfield. While many fans and reporters may disagree, I truly believe that Jason Heyward must go.
Jason Heyward, arguably the best position player set to enter free agency, is likely to demand one of two deals. Scenario A for Heyward is a 4yr/$110M deal. This option would allow for him to reenter free agency amidst his prime at the age of 30, in hopes for a second big deal that would pay him very well over the remainder of his career. Of course, this would require him to play as well as he did this year over the course of his contract. Scenario B, the more likely of the two, is a 10yr/$200M deal. This option would provide him with a high paying contract over the majority of his career. And is a safer option.
Jake Wesley, a high school student that is strongly opinionated in the world of sports and politics