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Garrett Maines Completes Comeback With Strong Work Ethic

The tunnel has been long but the light at the end of it has finally been seen. University of Tampa baseball player Garrett Maines couldn’t wait to see that light. After an injury set him back, Maines is ready to return to the baseball diamond.

Maines is a transfer student from Auburn University. He is currently a junior, and he is the backup catcher for The University of Tampa Spartans baseball team. Maines chose to transfer to UT stating, “it was a better opportunity to come here and play more. It’s an NCAA Division II powerhouse, and a lot of guys get drafted out of here, so I figured I’d come here and give it my best shot at winning national titles.” 

Maines was born and raised in Brandon, Fla. He is a graduate of Riverview High School, where he was a four-year letter winner and holds five single season offensive records. According to The Tampa Tribune, he was the best player to ever come out of Riverview High School. Maines was also named the 2005 Tampa Tribune Hillsborough County Player of the Year.

During his first season playing at UT, he suffered a series of injuries. Maines dislocated his ribs four times. When asked about the recovery process he stated, “in between each time, I had to sit out for about four to five weeks.” Due to his injuries, Maines had to miss most of the season and received a medical redshirt.

Because of his strong work ethic, Maines has come back from his injuries. He feels it is his work ethic that has gotten him where he is today. When talking about how he was able to successfully come back from his injuries, Maines said, “it’s a lot of hard work and it depends on what kind of person you are. You can either take the easy way out and hang it up or you can fight through it and come back even better.”

His favorite baseball player is Derek Jeter. Maines respects Jeter because of the way he carries himself both on and off the field. He also likes the fact that you mainly hear about what Jeter does on the field.  When asked about his favorite baseball team, Maines replied, “I like the Rays. I’ve always liked the Rays. I’m from Tampa so I’m definitely a Rays fan.”

Maines comes from an athletic family. He has participated in sports all of his life.  Through the years, besides playing baseball, he also played basketball and football. He also boxed, and he even gave wrestling a shot. Once Maines reached high school, he knew he had to make a decision on which sport to play, and he chose baseball.

He is currently working towards a double major in business management and sport management. Maines hopes to get an opportunity to play baseball after college. If baseball falls through, Maines sees himself working for a sports agency or eventually managing one.

When asked if he had any exciting experiences he would like to share, Maines said he went on a whitewater-rafting trip last summer. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Maines expressed his thrill by saying, “it was a pretty good adrenaline rush.”

Maines is very committed to his baseball career. If he is not on the baseball field, he can be found either in the weight room or in the batting cages. Maines also makes sure to get his homework done.

The tunnel was long but it did end brightly. Maines is back from his injuries and eager to play. When asked about his return, Maines simply said, “I’m good to go now.” He would really like to win a championship, which is something familiar for UT baseball. They have won five championships and have done it back to back twice.

With a strong work ethic and a desire to win, Garrett Maines brings the perfect attitude to a team that is already a national powerhouse. Whatever his role, Maines will certainly embrace the challenge and do his part to help the team.

Written by Nicholas Colelli

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