Athlete Feature: Jared Gaer
The Riverdale varsity baseball team continues to see success this year as they cruise to an impressive 12-5 record. The team is hoping to build off their momentum from their playoff run last year to the post-season with the help of pivotal senior member, Jared Gaer.
Jared has been on the team since eighth grade when he played alongside his brother Shane. Jared’s experience truly helps him lead his teammates and set a great example for younger players. In a recent conversation, Jared recounted all the lessons he learned and his increasing leadership role as each year passed throughout his tenure on the team. Since it is his final season, Jared explained how important it was to finish his Riverdale baseball career strongly and use all the lessons he has learned to hopefully win the desired State Championship. One member of the Riverdale Baseball team noted Jared’s contributions to the team, claiming how “Jared’s intensity always rubs off on the rest of the team, motivating us to do better. He is a fantastic player and key to our playoff run.”
On the field, Jared pitches and plays right field. His skills can be seen not only at the mound through his under 2 ERA average, but also at plate, as his batting average is over .400. Next year, Jared is playing a post-grad year at IMG, and hopes to continue his baseball career in college thereafter. These impressive stats and accomplishments do not come without training. Jared attributes his success to hard work, constant effort, and the entire coaching staff and his teammates who have constantly helped him keep his composure, which, as he explained, is a pivotal part of pitching and batting. Describing the details of the Riverdale Team, Jared explained that, “This year, the team is carrying itself. We are all working together to have great chemistry, and all play a role in our joint hope to win the championship.”
In his last year, Jared has made everlasting memories, including shutting Fieldson out and hitting a grand slam in his most recent game. His dedication to the sport has paid off and the team looks to be in great shape entering the post-season.
Jared’s love for baseball stems from the nature of the sport. He explained how in baseball, the personal competitive nature between batter and pitcher is special and makes moments all the more intense. To Jared, baseball has played a pivotal role in shaping the competitive man he is and also taught him ideas of hard work applicable off the field.
All of the teammates Jared has played with, whether they are basketball or baseball players, personally understand the impact his presence has on any team. His competitive spirit is unparalleled to any Riverdale athlete. He constantly pushes his teammates to work harder. Furthermore, the importance he places on the team creates a chemistry, which is translated on to a desire to win on the court or field. Jared’s athletic career will not only indubitably benefit himself in the future, but also the countless other teammates he has inspired. Thank you for everything, Jared!