This week’s player spotlight is focused on an unsung hero for the Flamingos. A player respected by both his teammates and coaches, #29 Michael Hopkinson. So, far through the season, Hopkinson averages .314 at the plate with 35 at bats, 11 hits, and a team high 11 walks. His future looks bright both at Samford where he plays college ball and here in the CLPB.
Michael is one of the most humble players you will meet in the league this season. He carries himself well and tries everything in his power to be a great team player. He is team oriented and focused on improving his game.
Our very own Asa Lucas sat down with Michael and asked him a few questions.
What got you interested in playing baseball?
Hopkinson: I started playing ball when I was 10. I originally played soccer, it was something my whole family played. And, my Dad made me play baseball one year when I was 10. I hated it. But, for some reason I stuck with it and he kept pushing me. I could start to see the benefits of hard work. It was then at 13 or 14 that I decided I wanted to play at a higher level.
How would you describe baseball in 3 words?
Hopkinson: Fun, Challenging, and Teaching. I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from baseball. That I can use for the rest of my life off the field.
What do you love about playing baseball?
Hopkinson: I love being a part of a team. Baseball, it’s never gonna take one guy to win a game. I like being able to contribute and work well with other people and have one common goal. You build a lot of relationships with people on the field through stuff like that. It carries on off the field.
What’s been a highlight moment of your baseball career?
Hopkinson: I’d have to say my senior year of high school, we won the state championship. It was after covid hit and it was a tough year. We were a really tight knit group and we knew that we had only one more shot at it. We had 14 seniors in my senior class. It was like a family. We wanted to go out with a bang.
What is your favorite baseball food?
Hopkinson: I’m gonna have to say sunflower seeds. I don’t know if it counts as food though.
What’s your next goal in baseball?
Hopkinson: To take it as far as it will go. I’ll be going back to Samford this fall and get ready for this season.