Nick Vella

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May 2, 2018

Playing with the New York Nine was the best decision of my life. Previous teams promised tons of things, always getting looks in front of college coaches, but those promises never came true or compared to what the Nine did. It was the most competitive, real and fun experience I have ever had playing baseball. It didn’t hurt that I played with a bunch of really talented players who went on to college and guys who got signed and drafted. The knowledge and in game experiences from the Nine really shaped me as a player and helped me perform at the highest level. The competition we played really forced me to step up and to keep up with the increasing speed of the game. Mentally it kept me disciplined and focused at the task at hand. The organization put a focus on development and the lessons learned, both on the field and in life have helped me every single day in the classroom, on the field and everywhere else. The New York Nine was the best team I’ve ever played for and it was the best time of my life. I wish I could play more for the Nine and Coach Millman, who was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He knew the game, cared about us and looked out for us both on and off the field, and continues to do so to this day.