With the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 Jefferson athletics schedule due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many Rams' student-athletes are missing out on an opportunity to compete in the sport that they love, especially the Jefferson seniors. These young men and women were looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling end to their collegiate careers. Instead, they are left with a feeling of uncertainty and "what if." Over the coming weeks, JeffersonRams.com will salute these senior student-athletes whose careers may have ended prematurely and give you the opportunity to hear from them in their own words. Next up is Nathan Moyer of Jefferson Baseball.
By Nathan Moyer
Coaches always say to practice or play every day like it's your last because you don't know when it will be your last day to play this game. In those moments, you use it as a little bit of motivation to push yourself that extra bit. Little did I expect that to be the case coming into my fifth year at Jefferson. It's hard to put into words the feelings that I have over the whole COVID-19 pandemic and something that only the seniors feel when their season was taken away. One day, we thought all was well enjoying the sport we love, then a week later we find out that our season was taken away from us.
I realized I have played on a baseball team nearly every year of my life since I was five years old. From Tee-ball to Little League, Middle School, High School, and then at Jefferson, baseball has always been my escape. No matter what was going on in my classes or personal life, I knew I could always head out to the field to clear my head. At Jefferson, this sport has helped me during personal struggles and provided some of my greatest joys, and for this I am grateful. The friendships, emotions, and learning experiences have shaped who I am today.
To the Team, there is nothing quite like being a part of a baseball team and having 40 brothers that will always push you to be the best person and player you can be. To the guys that graduated before me, you shaped the program into what it is today. One that is hungry for a championship every year and is not content with anything except that. To the guys still in the program, the program is yours. It is your job to shape it to what you want it to be and how the new guys will want it. When coaches say play like it's your last, believe it. You don't know when the game will be taken from you. Many of my best friends in this world are the guys I shared a dugout with and I'm grateful for the time we have spent together. The memories we made on the field are everlasting and friendships will never be forgotten.
To the coaches, thank you for always pushing us to the limit as a team. You have always wanted us to be not only the best players but the best men upon graduation. You spent hours and hours of your free time working with us, never giving up on us, even sacrificing your time at home with family and friends to stay after and give us that extra ground ball or extra work to make sure that we could try and be the best player we could be. When I was knocked down or struggling, you worked with me and helped keep the passion there for the game. To all the coaches I have experienced over my five years, I thank you for giving everything you did to make not only me, but the team, better.
To the faculty and staff, from everyone in the athletic department, trainers, professors and more, you were all looking out for me, making sure that I was not only prepared on the field, but off it. You made the behind the scenes stuff easy and I didn't have to worry about it - I was able to focus on school and baseball. My experience wouldn't have been the same without all of you and I thank you for the hours you dedicated to me and the rest of the program. It is greatly appreciated, even if not said on a daily basis.
Lastly, with this pandemic outbreak, make sure you are doing your part. This has impacted all of us in a different way but the way we are able to do the things we love again is doing our part. Although this wasn't the way I wanted the season to end, the last five years at Jefferson has been a dream and I thank everyone that had a part in my collegiate career.