RIVERVIEW — Christopher Reynoso is far from your average 22-year-old. He can’t remember the first time he played baseball, but many of his fondest memories revolve around the sport. He often spent his afternoons playing baseball with his friends and going to Yankee games with his grandfather.
Reynoso played for school baseball teams for years and was offered a full scholarship to Wabash Valley College in Illinois. After a year in school, he received a call from the Diamondbacks organization. They were interested in recruiting him to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and a scout came to see a few of his games.
“He came up to me and asked if I was interested in becoming part of the organization,” Reynoso said.
Becoming a Major League Baseball player was Reynoso’s lifelong dream. Unfortunately, his dreams were dashed.
“After a few months of strenuous activities and overuse, my shoulder decided to give out on me” Reynoso said.
Reynoso sought medical assistance, but no one could figure out what was wrong with his shoulder. His professional baseball career vanished.
Reynoso decided to pursue a different dream–becoming a firefighter. He is an EMT and is going to fire school, where he has learned many new and interesting things.
”He called me one day and he told me basically that he had to try and resuscitate an already deceased person,” Reynoso’s best friend Josh Fernandez said.
Reynoso is satisfied with the turn his life has taken and is determined to reach his new goal.