Of all the Bears players who formed Bergenfield’s inaugural Cooperstown travel team, Julian Pinto sits right up there as one of the true ‘gamers’ on the squad. The 5’1” (make sure to remember that 1”) 99 lb. SS-3B-2B likes playing baseball “because I love sports and team comradeship.” He also likes playing travel games because “I enjoy playing against the best competition.” Yep, spoken as a true ‘gamer.’
Julian names Derek Jeter, Joc Pederson and Miguel Cabrera as his favorite players. “They are determined, hard working, and they inspire me to play the game.” Their inspiration seems to be paying off, too, especially based on Julian’s baseball achievements to date.
Julian has played against the “best competition” in the Florida Holiday Classic, and the Georgia Champions Tournament. His team won that Holiday Classic, and he also played on the 1st place Optimist Challenge earlier this year. He played his best game in the “2014 Holiday Classic championship game, where I hit my first-ever home run.”
His goals as a player include “to work harder to improve my skills and get stronger when I move to the big fields.” You could not expect anything more from a young player who models himself after the likes of Jeter, Pederson and Cabrera. If you’re a gamer, it’s just what you do.