With the 2013 season set to begin, the Park City High School baseball team was treated to a motivational speech from World Series champion Reggie Sanders on Friday night at Wasatch Bagel and Grill.
Sanders, who played for the 2001 World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks team along with PCHS pitching coach Mike Morgan, took some time off from a business trip to Salt Lake City to visit with the Miners.
For Sanders, who played 16 years in Major League Baseball, giving back to young players is something he enjoys.
"I remember the message that was spread to me at their age, so I'm just spreading it to them," he said. "We're all put on this earth to help people anyway. What better way than for a former baseball player to help an aspiring baseball player?"
Park City coach Lou Green said having guys like Morgan and Sanders talk to his team is incredibly helpful.
"To be able to have (Morgan) on the staff and have him put this together tonight two guys with World Series rings talking to your kids face to face they'll likely never have an experience like this again," he said.
He added that Sanders' message about being a good teammate and an even better person was exactly what he wanted his team to hear.
"Baseball is only a byproduct of what we do here," Green said. "We're doing our job right if we're building good young men. Everything you do in life is about being on a team; for him to come in and preach that was awesome."
"We don't stand on the foundation of baseball; we stand on the foundation of humanity," Sanders added. "It's not about baseball it's about who you are as a human being."
Green said it was the perfect message for his team, which will rely heavily on several younger players this season. He said the way this year's squad gels will have a huge impact on how well it plays during the season.
"It's good to have young kids," he said. "That's how you build success long-term."
The Miners will start their season on March 4 when they'll travel to Grantsville to take on the Cowboys.