The old expression about “being on Cloud Nine” certainly applies to Max Pentecost.
The Winder-Barrow High School graduate was able to experience two recent events which any baseball player who ever sets foot on a diamond would give almost anything to enjoy. The fact that they happened at the same time only added to the enjoyment.
Pentecost, who was a junior at Kennesaw State University this school year, helped the Owls advance to a Super Regional before eventually falling to Louisville. In the middle of all this, Pentecost got the call that he was a first-round draft pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.
The Toronto Blue Jays made Pentecost the 11th overall selection of the draft showing just how much pure baseball talent Pentecost has.
Pentecost was drafted out of high school, but opted to play college baseball. The Texas Rangers selected Pentecost in the seventh round, but the WBHS graduate decided professional baseball would have to wait.
By all accounts, Pentecost’s decision after high school was the right one. He became the top player for Kennesaw State, compiling mind-boggling statistics. Pentecost and the 2014 Owls gave their school publicity that money can’t buy this baseball season. The school was mentioned nationally, played games on national TV and, of course, was the talk of the Atlanta sports media for weeks during their playoff run.
Success really hasn’t changed Pentecost though. He has always been a humble player, never bragging on his accomplishments, always being a team player and always thankful for something written about him in the paper.
It’s a refreshing attitude from a soon-to-be professional athlete. Too often these days, pro athletes, regardless of the sport, take on an arrogant approach. That has never been the case with Max Pentecost and I can honestly say I don’t ever believe it will be.
If work ethic means anything then the former Diamond Dogg standout will do just fine at the next level.
He has always been willing to do whatever it took to improve. Pentecost has never been satisfied with past accomplishments. To him, they are just that — in the past. Each game, each practice, each day bring new challenges.
What’s fun about seeing this young man do so well is that we know him. We know his family and we know that our home is being represented well.
Barrow County, from time to time, is known for negative things. However, when it comes to athletics, the news is typically good. Our athletes receive good coaching and are often the benefits of good family support. That certainly is the case when it comes to Max Pentecost.
Barrow County will certainly continue to support one of its own as Pentecost moves forward with his baseball career.
His success gives us all a reason to smile and to do a little bragging. It will be fun following his progress as he works his way up in the Blue Jays organization. One thing he can count on is that his hometown fans are as proud of him as they can be.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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