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July 2014 Newsletter

Cal Baseball Foundation Golden Bear News & Notes

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July 2014 Volume 1, Issue 4 Baseball Foundation Golden Bear News & Notes S enior Day, May 21, celebrated the enrollment of eight new players – (from left to right above) Mike Reuvekamp, Mike Theofanopoulos, Derek Campbell, Kyle Porter, Trevor Hildenberger, Devon Rodriguez, Vince Bruno, and Jacob Wark – into the ranks of the Cal Baseball alumni. As that bittersweet day arrived, these teammates sat down with Jesse Ingram (Cal Baseball 2000-04) to reflect on their time at Cal: dating from the roller coaster 2011 season that culminated in the trip to the College World Series, to their emergence as team leaders who displayed the competitiveness and pride characteristic of generations of Cal Baseball players. Although the uncertainty of Cal Baseball's status as an intercollegiate sport cast a long shadow over their first years at Cal, all eight unanimously agreed that their experience at Cal was everything they could have ever hoped for—and more! While they all knew that the University and the program offered them a unique academic and athletic experience, the rallying of the community of Cal Baseball supporters to save the program from elimination in 2011, and the opportunity subsequently afforded them to help secure that future, created an unbreakable bond among themselves, their teammates, and the program's alumni. Indeed, these eight (like so many Cal players before them) express great pride in the lessons learned and the contributions made, both on and off the field: never to take anything for granted, to appreciate and enjoy each day, to be a good teammate, and understand that there is strength in numbers. They also expressed the hope that through their perseverance, dedication, and pride in being a Cal Bear, they have upheld the honored tradition of their predecessors. As Cal Baseball congratulates Vince, Derek, Devon, Trevor, Kyle, "Rev," "Theo," and Jake on their graduation and wishes them good fortune as they embark on the next chapter of their lives, we want to welcome them into the alumni ranks and thank them for their extraordinary contributions to Cal Baseball. Celebrating Our Newest Graduates " " "The Cal Baseball family and the University mean the world to me, and I plan on being a very active alumnus. I can confidently state that I wouldn't be the man I am today without the Cal Baseball family and the environment created by my teammates, coaches, and staff members of the athletic department." – Trevor Hildenberger "The friendships and memories I built with my teammates, who are like brothers to me, are more valuable than any statistical accomplishment. Cal Baseball has allowed me to see this." – Derek Campbell "Playing Cal Baseball meant forging a bond and family with coaches, teammates, and alumni that will last a lifetime. Cal Baseball is a program rich in tradition that gave me the opportunity to compete at the highest level both academically and athletically. By doing so, I was able to learn lessons that will allow me to be successful in whatever path I choose in life." – Devon Rodriguez

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