Not all of the players on the Virginia Tech baseball team will reach the top level, but after Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees jerseys, they’ll get to say that they were able to play against a Major League club.
And for a select number of Hokies, they will be on the field against a team that they have been devotedly following since early boyhood.
One of those Hokies is sophomore catcher Anthony Sosnoskie, who grew up in Morrisville, Pa., just a few minutes away from Philadelphia.
Although he lived in the Keystone State, his baseball love was in the Big Apple.
“I remember wearing the Yankees jerseys hat backwards and catching with my dad when I was two years old while my brother was hitting,” he said. “I’ve just always been a Yankees jerseys fan when I was growing up.”
Through the years, Sosnoskie has had many favorite Yankees jerseys, including first baseman Don Mattingly and outfielder Paul O’Neill. His all time favorite is shortstop and current team captain Derek Jeter. However, mlb jerseys from china as a catcher in high school at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Va. and now as the Tech backstop, he also played close attention to the men behind the plate, such as Jorge Posada and present manager Joe Girardi.
Sosnoskie has seen the Yankees jerseys in person, both on the road and at their fabled home park, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
“Once you walk into the stadium, it’s incredible,” he said.
He’s been there three times, most recently in 2001. He also went to see them play at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles jerseys. There he got to sit near the Yankee bullpen and watch closer Mariano Rivera warm up.
“He’s as good as advertised,” Sosnoskie said of Rivera, who has 443 career saves and is widely considered to be the greatest relief pitcher of all time.
Rivera is the favorite player of sophomore Kyle Cichy, who is a relief pitcher himself.
“I love watching him close out games,” the left handed Cichy said.
“At first, you’re not going to know what to say,” he said. “If there are any questions we want to ask, they’re going to be baseball questions. We’re going to try and learn as much as we can from them. These guys are the best players that you’re going to see and they’re all my favorite players. in Westchester County, redshirt senior co captain Sean O’Brien has certainly been exposed to the team in pinstripes.
“Every day on the front page of the newspapers from March to October, because they were always in the playoffs, there was always Yankees jerseys stuff,” he said.
O’Brien thought, grew up a fan of their biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox jerseys. Nevertheless, he never had complete disdain for the Yankees jerseys.
“I was a Red Sox jerseys fan, but I was also a baseball fan,” he said. “Even when the Red Sox jerseys weren’t in town, my dad and I would go to Yankee Stadium and watch the games. We’re not Yankee haters. We still respect the Yankees jerseys and the way they play the game.”
When his Hokies take to the diamond at English Field on Tuesday afternoon, O’Brien expects there to be a mixture of anxiety and excitement.
“Obviously, you’re going to be shaking out there,” he said. “We’ll certainly be in awe of these guys. It’s going to be a great to see them take batting practice and to see what they have to tell us. Maybe will get some tips on how to do things. So, it’s going to be a great experience.”
Playing against a group of big leaguers is one thing, but when a player gets to go toe to toe against his favorite team, that is a fantasy that turns into reality before their eyes.