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Senior Reflection: Baseball's Michael Nocchi

Senior Reflection: Baseball's Michael Nocchi

When I made the decision to play baseball at Babson during my senior year of high school, I figured I would be getting the opportunity to continue playing the game I loved while attending one of the best business schools in the country. Never did I imagine I would have been a part of two NEWMAC championships, two trips to the NCAA regional finals, a super regional victory and ultimately reaching the College World Series.

While all these accomplishments were dreams come true for my teammates and me, as this season was cut short and I have had some time away from the game, I realize the most important things from my four years in the program were not the championships or the records. Rather it was the lifelong lessons that have been instilled in us from coaches Noone, Ginsberg, Kortmann and Govoni.

1) Attention to detail

From my first practice in the fall of my freshman year, I can still remember how big of a priority coach Noone made the phrase "little things, little things, little things." In order to do the "big things", we had to learn how to take care of the little things first. From always being on time to putting away the equipment the right way to the proper footwork on a pick-off, there is no such thing as too small of a detail. By not cutting corners and doing everything we could control right, we learned our goals can only be achieved by taking high attention to detail.

2) Treat people the right way

Our program has made being a good teammate our number one priority. People may not remember everything you did on the field, but they will always remember how you treated others and the relationships you had with your teammates. My biggest piece of advice to the Babson baseball players of the future is to enjoy your time with your teammates and coaches and make those relationships as strong as possible. I promise you that will be what you miss the most.

3) There is no substitute for hard work

Although it may appear the championships we won were made possible by heroic plays on the field, I learned we would have never reached those moments without the day in and day out grind of practices and training. Coach Noone made the preparation for games as important as the games themselves, a concept I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life. There were never any shortcuts in baseball and there will not be in life. I learned if you work hard and do things the right way, success is always possible.

4) How to deal with adversity       

The most important lesson I learned during my four years was that baseball, but more importantly life will never go as planned. In 2018 at our regional in York, Pennsylvania, hours before our first game, we were told our game would be played in Maryland. In 2019 when the NEWMAC Tournament got rescheduled during our finals week. Even with the news of our season being canceled, coach Noone kept the same consistent message, "control what you can control." We prided ourselves on being the most prepared team in the country and that trait always showed in times of adversity. Experiences like these and the examples set by our coaches have prepared my teammates and me for anything life throws our way.

To my coaches, I am forever indebted for the impact you have made in my life. To my teammates, thank you for the best four years of my life.