Francis Parker’s alum on the U.S. Olympic baseball roster: “It means a lot.”
San Diego-Francis Parker alumni Nick Allen has been steadily climbing the ladder of minor league baseball since he was selected by the Oakland A team in 2017.
Soon, the hopeful of the Tokyo Olympics can fight for something more important than a position on the major league list.
“Obviously, I want to be a Major League Baseball player, but to help the United States win the gold medal in the Olympics, this is something I never thought would happen,” Allen said. “Because I just didn’t know it was a thing, but now I know it’s an opportunity. It’s great. I’m very lucky to be in this situation.
From San Diego to the world stage, Allen is looking for a place in the final roster of the U.S. national baseball team led by longtime Angels head coach Mike Siosia in Japan this summer. This year marks the sport’s official return to the Olympics after participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the last time.
Five of the six teams-the United States, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Mexico-have determined the name of the last team, which ended in Puebla, Mexico on Saturday The final qualifying round is named.
The U.S. team has a 4-0 record in the qualifying rounds, and after beating Venezuela 4-2 in Florida earlier this month, it scored its tickets into this year’s Olympics. Allen started as a shortstop in most qualifying matches, so he was optimistic about his chances of making the final roster.
“It will mean a lot,” he said. “First of all, on behalf of the country, on behalf of everything I did in the baseball trip.”
If this happens, he tells FOX 5 that he wants his family to be able to watch it in person, but since the pandemic only allows local fans to enter, they may have to stick to the viewing party in San Diego.
Allen also believes that correct safety precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of athletes.
“I’m not so nervous about it,” he said. “I just do my things, wash my hands and wear a mask if necessary. I think from then on, I think the U.S. will provide us with all the guidelines, let us try to get in there and be as safe as possible so we can continue Race and make sure we don’t miss any games.”
Now playing as a member of Double-A Midland RockHounds in Midland, Texas, he is accustomed to playing before a full-load game. With the removal of epidemic restrictions across the country, many professional players are still accustomed to this situation .
He said that it would be strange not to play in front of fans in Tokyo, and the officials put forward a proposal in various ways.
Allen said: “I hope they can do something to get the fans in and make sure it is safe.” “Obviously, as a player, you want this experience to be full of fans, because support is what baseball players need to move on.”
The final list of teams will be announced on or after July 1. Allen has a feeling that he will advance.
“I know we can’t say anything yet, but I think this is a good opportunity,” he said. “If everything goes well and I stay healthy, I have a good opportunity to hope to do this.”