New Mexico’s Newest Knock Out of the Park
Imagine being able to play and practice your favorite sport at a Division 2 high school. Well, that is what Steven Thompson has been able to do for the last four years of his life. He will continue to do so for the next four years at division 1 college, New Mexico State University. He plans on majoring in business there to improve his small shoe business.
Both pitcher and outfielder, Steven Thompson, wears number 44 proudly on his jersey because, “Coach Pep originally had told me that the number I had wanted, 0, wasn’t a number players should wear and said that 44 was a good number for me and wanted me to follow in the legacy of the number.”
One of Stevie’s baseball role models is Marcus Stroman. He was a pitcher for the New York Mets and the two have a lot of similarities with how they play.
When looking back at Thompson’s senior season and how it has all led up to him getting to where he is today, he exclaims, “It’s crazy! If you would have told me when I was six years old picking up a baseball for the first time, that going into my senior season of high school baseball that I would be an early signee to the University of New Mexico State, I would never have believed it. I think a big part of my success would have to come from my admiration for Coach Perez and how he always does what is best for me, and all of his players. He is always honest with you, even if it's hard to hear. He also is more than just a baseball coach, he’s a lifetime type of coach.”
The senior pitcher’s motivation for working hard is his grandfather. “I lost my grandpa and he helped raise me when I was growing up and when he was around no matter what sport it was, he was there and helped me in whatever way possible. And to admire and show respect to him I want to accomplish everything he wanted me to, but he won’t be able to see due to his passing away last year [my junior year of high school].”
Steven wants to thank all of his coaches, family and friends, and teammates who have been there for him since day one and have helped him improve in life both on and off the field.