High School Baseball Coach Is Letting Players Name His Baby After Winning Season
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
“I had a lot of respect for them because they never quit,” Querry told BuzzFeed News. In order to get the motivation going for the season, Querry made a bet with the players that if they had a 14-game winning season, they could name his future child. Querry and his wife, Julia, are expecting a second child in September. It took some convincing for Querry’s wife, but eventually she approved of the crazy idea. “[I had] been trying to show them they meant something to me,” Querry explained. “This team is special. I wouldn’t just do this for any team. I knew they could do it.” After a winning season the team decided to name Querry’s unborn child “Benjamin Smalls.” The name comes from the classic baseball movie, The Sandlot. “That movie is to baseball what A Christmas Story is to Christmastime,” Querry said of the perfect name. Once the story made the rounds around the local news circuit, the director and co-writer of The Sandlot, David Mickey Evan, visited the team and signed some baseballs and other memorabilia for the players. “[He was] a really good guy,” Querry shared. Last Tuesday, the team won its fourteenth game of the season and presented Querry with a banner welcoming his new son with the name the team selected. “Winning has really brought these guys together,” he said.