GLEN ROSE — Former Major League Baseball player Homer Bush encouraged student-athletes to be motived, persevere and work hard in all aspects of their lives during his speech at the Glen Rose Athletic Booster Club Spring Sports Banquet on Monday night at the Somervell County Expo Center.
“Whatever you are doing, don’t do it for yourself, do it to make people proud, and I will promise you, you will put forth a better effort,” said Bush, who was a member of the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees.
Bush, an accomplished and heavily decorated high school football player at East St. Louis High School (Illinois), used baseball and football as his way out, and he shared examples of how hard work served him well in his career.
In 1991, he was a seventh-round pick by the San Diego Padres, and in 1997 he was traded to the Yankees. He made his major league debut at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 22, 1997 against the Texas Rangers. In 1998, he appeared in 45 games for the world champion Yankees, and he hit .380.
In February of 1999, he, Graeme Lloyd and David Wells, were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Roger Clemens.
In 1999, he made a career-high 125 starts at shortstop and second base for the Blue Jays, and he hit .320 while posting career highs in doubles (26); triples (4); homers (5); and RBIs (55). He also drew a career best 21 walks, and swiped a career-best 32 bases.
In seven seasons in the major leagues, he appeared in 409 games with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Florida Marlins. He finished with a .285 batting average with 50 doubles, five triples, 11 homers, 115 RBIs and 65 stolen bases.
“For me, that’s what I experienced, and I would imagine you would do anything for your parents and your siblings, and that is more motivation for you as well,” he said. “Just remember, it’s truly about the people around you, and not about you.”
In addition to hearing Bush’s remarks, student-athletes from boys and girls basketball; baseball; softball; boys and girls powerlifting; boys and girls track; boys and girls golf; and boys and girls tennis were honored for their achievements on and off the field.
Each coach recognized the accomplishments of their student-athletes, and each coach handed out their Tiger Achievement Awards:
Girls Track: Shalyn Wedel
Boys Track: Orrin Miller
Boys Powerlifting: Hayden Shaw
Girls Powerlifting: Angie Herrera
Softball: Tatum Stegint
Baseball: Ashton Smith
Girls Golf: Bryanna Lytle
Boys Golf: Zac Banz
Girls Tennis: Natalie Lacey
Boys Tennis: Harrison Hawkins
Girls Basketball: Hailey Ibarra
Boys Basketball: Jett Gould