Yesterday, we featured the story of two great friends, Lexi Sosa and Alyssa Garcia, who played together at Mater Dei Catholic High in Chula Vista, California and are headed to UCLA together.
This weekend being Father’s Day, we asked the two outstanding players from the Class of 2019, to touch on what their fathers mean to them.
Here is Lexi’s perspective… tomorrow, we’ll present Alyssa’s as well as many other players from across the country!
My name is Lexandra “Lexi” Sosa and I am a 2019 grad currently playing with my club team, Athletics – Mercado/Smith, which is based in of Murrieta, Temecula.
My father, Joe Sosa, has been my greatest friend, coach, and father all these years we have spent together.
How was he able to be all of these remarkable figures in my life? It’s easy: he has some superhero powers under his sleeve!
When I get into the importance of my father, I cannot help but want to express the amount of generosity, sacrifice, and love my father has given me since I was a little girl.
Although we have had a few bumps along the road, the pathways that were able to be formed after those are what really shines through. My father is many things in the softball world: a manager, a coach, a pitching instructor, a hitting coach, and sometimes even a workout trainer.
However, even thru all of these astounding facets my father possesses, he has given me the greatest gift: I get to call him my best friend.
As I look back on these past couple of years as an athlete in the softball industry, I am able to say with all my might that without my father, I would never have been the athlete or person I am today.
From the six-hour practices on the weekends, to the 45-minute drives to school and the many miles on cars he has been through, my father has continued to be this superhero that he is.
There is this famous quote by Jim Valvano, and it states, “My father gave the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Even through all of the tough times and jarring roads, my father never once stopped believing in me or my abilities.
Whether I was facing an injury, emotionally washed out, exhausted from the preceding weekend/week, or even deciding on an imperative pathway into my future, my father continued to be the supportive, trusting, and most of all, loving best friend he is.
Thank you so much Dad… Happy Father’s Day!