AOTW: Tom Ring

Tom Ring, originally a computer science major came to Wilkes for the Math/CS department and the baseball team. Now Tom is a Marketing Major, but is still on the baseball team. Tom was born in and adopted from Paraguay, South America, but now lives in Massapequa Park, New York. He went to a private catholic school called St. John the Baptist. Tom plays right field and played and started in 23 games.

Q: What do you plan on doing with your major when you graduate from Wilkes?

A: I plan on becoming an entrepreneur and introducing a new product to the world or just running my own business.

Q: What are some of your favorite foods to eat before and after a game?

A: Before games, I’ll usually have some Flavor Blasted Goldfish and after will sometimes celebrate with Angelos.

Q: How long have you been playing baseball and how did you pick up interest in the sport?

A: I’ve been playing baseball since I was about 4 since I picked up my first wiffleball bat. I think I actually fell in love with the game because at the beaches at home I would just hit rocks with a branch I’d find lying around for hours.

Q: If you won the lottery tomorrow what would you do with the money?

A: If I won the lottery, I would definitely save a great portion of it and finish school even if I had enough money to live off of. I would surprise my parents with gifts as a way of thanking them for putting up with me for the past 20 years and every sacrifice they’ve made for me.

Q: What’s one memory you won’t forget from Wilkes?

A: My best memories from Wilkes so far would have to be the trips we go on as a team for Spring Break. The past two years we’ve went to Myrtle Beach and then this year we went down to Florida.

Myrtle Beach didn’t have the best of weather, but playing at the Cal Ripken complex was an amazing time. In Florida, it was incredible playing in eighty- degree weather on beautiful fields where we actually got to experience an actual Spring Break. A nice plus is that we got to go to the beach and wear shorts and tank tops everyday

Q: What are your expectations for the season?

A: This season I can expect us to do much better than my past two years being here. We are a very young team, but have brought in a great amount of talent that can only improve. Also this seasons increased success can be greatly attributed to the addition of our pitching coach, Matt Hochstatter and hitting coach, Nate Ramsey.

They are both great guys who have a great knowledge of the game and help us get better every single day. I believe that we will disprove the doubters who have placed us in 5th place in the preseason poll because we know that we have the ability to make a run for the top spot.”

Q:Who is your role model in life?

A: My role models are my parents who love me and do everything for me. Being adopted helps me appreciate them even more considering they chose to bring me here and take care of me for life.

They are both hard working and dedicated people who have made incredible sacrifices to allow me to be where I am today. My dad has taken so much time out of his life to coach me, have catches with me and throw batting practice to me.My mom works long hours as a teacher constantly traveling and running around and still makes it to many of my games. I thank them for everything and just want to make them proud.