From the pitts of despair to left field

By Danielle Rodriguez

There’s no crying in baseball, especially not for Cal Poly Pomona senior outfielder and communication student Daniel Pitts.

Pitts, a transfer student athlete from Long Beach City College, has come back full-swing this season after recovering from an arm injury last year.

“It’s been a fun, long journey,” said Pitts. “I’ve had many people supporting me and helping me through it.”

Pitts has been wearing cleats almost his whole life. After starting his baseball career playing tee-ball at three-years-old, Pitts could not stop playing.

After graduating from high school, the Lancaster native played baseball in Kentucky prior to attending Long Beach City College and transferring to CPP.

“I grew a lot as a person in Kentucky, especially being away from my family,” said Pitts. “But playing baseball for Long Beach [City College] was very competitive and gave me a glimpse of playing at the next level for a four-year school.”

After coming to CPP, Pitts quickly adapted to the welcoming environment and knew that CPP was the place where he needed to be.

“The coaching staff, players and everyone in the communication department are great,” said Pitts. “They have been there for me, especially through my arm injury.”

Two weeks before last year’s baseball season, Pitts suffered an arm injury going to class one evening. As he was riding his skateboard, there was water on the concrete that caused the wheels of his skateboard to slip, throwing Pitts off the board and breaking his arm in the process.

Pitts learned that there was a chance that he could never play baseball again because of the injury.

Pitts had his first arm surgery shortly after the accident. However, after seven months with little healing progress, a second surgery was performed. Pitts’ arm was reconstructed after bone was taken from his hip and placed into his arm. About a year and two surgeries, Pitts was finally healed and cleared to play the day before the 2015-16 season started.

He credits a lot of his motivation during his healing process to his teammates and his family.

“My mom was always there for me when I would call her late at night when I couldn’t sleep because I was so upset that I couldn’t play,” said Pitts.

Last season the Broncos had a great run, placing third in the nation. Although Pitts could not be a part of the team on the field due to his injury, his teammates always made sure to include him off the field.

“They knew I wasn’t out there practicing; they knew I couldn’t be out on the field at every game,” said Pitts. “They could have easily forgotten about me, but they would always call me to check up on me and invite me to hang out.”

Whenever Pitts is not studying for classes or out on the field, he enjoys going back home to visit his family and seeing old friends.

Pitts’ other hobbies include going to the shooting range and playing video games even though he claims he “has to try to pretend he can play because he is not very good at them.” An ideal day for him would be to stay home and hang out.

After graduating from CPP, Pitts is considering pursuing a career in human resources but is open to other possibilities. The current San Dimas resident could picture himself residing locally since he is happy with his environment.

“I love it out here,” said Pitts. “I’m right next to the mountains and the ocean, so staying here in the area would be great.”

Daniel Pitts

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