ORONO – There’s nothing like revisiting your old home.
“Go back and think about the state championship how we got there and everything it was amazing it kind of just brought me through my entire life of baseball to this point,” former Orono baseball star, Jackson Coutts, said.
The point he was referring to is as good as it gets.
“Getting the call yesterday was such a rush like I don’t want to say I blacked out but I don’t even know how to say it was just incredible,” Coutts said with a smile.
On Sunday morning, Coutts signed with the Washington Nationals, forgoing his senior year at the University of Rhode Island.
With owners and players sparring over return to play proposals and the chances of a season dwindling like sand in an hour glass, it begs the question.
Should a player take $20,000 as an undrafted free agent, significantly less than what they’d be earning any other year? Or, wait and potentially get lost in what is primed to be a huge crop of players vying for a limited amount of roster spots next year.
“I think for me my mindset going into playing professional baseball is just like I got this opportunity I really need to take it I want to take it I want to start my career and get things going,” Coutts said.
For him, it was never about the money. It was always about fulfilling a lifelong dream.