By Karina Alvarez ’16
Oscar Comas, a junior, is in the Boys’ Varsity Baseball team. Comas has been on the team since his freshman year at Pritzker College Prep.
Comas has been playing baseball since he was 6 years old. Regardless, he has been on an actual organized team since he was 8 years old.
Comas was introduced to the game of ball by his family members. He was surrounded by baseball, so he felt obligated to play. He, later, started to notice that it wasn’t an obligation anymore but it was something he did for his passion towards the sport.
He has so much enjoyment and passion towards baseball that he practices 24/7. Comas mentions, “I practice everyday after school during baseball season, and practice every weekend in the morning on my own. On weekdays, it is either 4-6 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. On the weekends, I go to the park at 8 a.m. and finish at around 3:30 p.m.” It seems like he has so much time on his hands, but he really doesn’t. Comas adds, “I always prioritize my practices. Since time is limited, my practice time is very important to me. I find every opportunity to get better. Although it can be tiring at times, I have to show myself and others that my goals of playing baseball professionally is real. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make my dream a reality.” He is willing to schedule everything out just to have time for baseball and to prove his love for the sport.
Not only does he see himself improving, but so does Andrew Wetmore, who is the coach for the Pritzker Baseball team, assistant coach for the Boys’ Basketball team, and a health and physical education teacher. According to Wetmore, “Oscar has improved greatly from his Freshman year baseball season. I think the biggest area of growth I have seen is through his maturity and leadership on the field. He’s always had the tools to be a successful player, but he’s taken on the role of a team leader more recently and it has really shown.”
Wetmore adds on, “When Oscar was younger, there were times that you could see him without the confidence he now always shows. There were a few times where I wanted to give him the ball (to pitch) and he would shy away from the limelight. As he’s matured, that has changed — he is now THE guy when the team needs a lift.” Comas has shown so much growth throughout his years in Pritzker and outside of Pritzker.
Oscar Comas has not only been in Pritzker’s team, but he also teams up with a team during his summer break. He doesn’t only play one season. He plays two seasons of baseball. Comas mentions, “I play over the summer every year for humboldt park, but this year I will be playing for hamlin park because it is an increase in competition.”
Comas is always ready to learn new things and to keep on practicing on his weaknesses and strengths. His full attention is on winning the baseball championship once again this year. He and the team are prepared for success and mistakes that come their way.