With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report is running a series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is Rodd Salvatore from the Trinity Catholic baseball team.
TRR: What was your initial reaction when you heard last week the season had been canceled?
RS: The first thing that went through my mind is that it’s Trinity’s last year and we wanted to live it out the best we could. To not even be able to have the last season for the school or not to have a graduation or go to the last prom, that’s really the first thing that went through my mind. Besides that, not being able to be with my friends before we all go off to college and not being able to play my last season of baseball. Just a lot of pain with it.
TRR: This is a disappointment for every school but Trinity athletes are getting hurt twice with the school closing. There is no tomorrow for you and your classmates. Do you have a sense for how the entire school is feeling?
RS: Mostly trying to enjoy what we had as far as not trying to see the bad side in Trinity closing. A lot of people really did enjoy their time at Trinity, including myself. I’m glad I got to enjoy four years of it. Underclassmen are a bit more saddened by it because they have to move schools now and they didn’t get to live out there full four years at Trinity.
TRR: What are your favorite memories from your time at the school?
RS: The first thing is definitely when we first came in, the freshman-senior picnic. That was definitely one of my favorite things. Winning a state championship two times in basketball. Playing baseball. Pep rallies. All the fun school events that we have. And just being with everyone in the school. You know everyone at the school and that’s one of the best parts about it.
TRR: How hard was it this spring waiting to learn the status of the season?
RS: It was tough because you want to keep working so hard but you don’t even know if you’re going to be able to play. That’s the part that’s the worst probably because we’ve been waiting four years to get to the top and some of us be captains. When you hear the news it’s really sad, and to not be able to play your last year stinks really bad. My thought process was just keep working until it’s officially over.
TRR: Where are you going to school next year?
RS: I will be attending Florida Atlantic University.
TRR: Do you have an idea what you want to study?
RS: I am going to be majoring in business and marketing and advertising. I want to be an entrepreneur. I’m going to take what I can get in college to learn how to get rid of debt, use buying power and stuff like that. Learn how to use techniques to reach a greater audience and want to make them buy something.
TRR: Is there any way having gone through this experience you think will help you later on in life?
RS: There’s not much positive but if we are able to get through this you can get through anything no matter how long it takes or whatever you have to do to get over the obstacles in life.
TRR: In the future how will you describe Trinity to friends who ask what your high school was like?
RS: The school was just one big family and even though we were so small, everything that we did, whether it was mass or school events or sports games, whatever we did, it was to bring people together. There’s such a legacy behind Trinity. All my family went there. All my cousins. All I hear from them is great memories about being with friends and enjoying there time there. It’s just one big family.