UofL BASEBALL | Tyler Fitzgerald Has Baseball in His Genes

05/09/2017 02:31 PM

Being one of the new kids on a team can be tough. Many times, it takes a while to adjust to the higher level of competition.

But, it’s not that bad if you’re a true athlete.

“I played basketball and football growing up too,” said UofL infielder Tyler Fitzgerald.

After committing to Louisville, Fitzgerald and his father, Mike, sat down to discuss his future. They decided Fitzgerald should play baseball in college.

That decision was the right one for the Rochester, Illinois native, especially because he has baseball in his genes. His father Mike, played pro ball with the St. Louis Cardinals.

“After games I’ll come to my phone and I’ll have ten messages from my dad about every at bat,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s nice to have. It can get annoying sometimes, but it’s a blessing to have.”

His dad is not the only one in the family with talent on the diamond though. Fitzgerald’s brother Mike also played pro ball, as a member of the San Diego Padres.

Fitzgerald hopes to follow in both of their footsteps.

“That’s (playing professional baseball) always going to be my goal,” said Fitzgerald.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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