On November 4th, Jon Jay, Columbus alumnus from the class of 2003 and 2011 MLB World Series Champion Center-fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals took time from his busy celebration week to visit his alma mater and speak to the Columbus baseball team. He gave great words of inspiration to the team and left them with the message that they should always stay positive, even during periods of struggle, and to never make excuses or complain. He encouraged them to always take pride in everything they do and to always believe in themselves and and in the team.
Jon had the great opportunity to play in what turned out to be one history’s most exciting MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers and is now part of the World Championship Team. He even made the cover of Sports Illustrated during the series in an action shot. Jay also received the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association "Heart and Hustle" award for the St. Louis Cardinals in August. The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game. In total, Jay hit 10 homeruns, drove in 37 runs, scored 56 times, stole six bases, and his batting average for the season was .297 in 2011.
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