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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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32 CUMBERLAND DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION back to school." When Roose got out of the service, he realized that he needed a major, and after doing some research, he found that athletic training made sense. Roose had a sister that was living in Florida, so he decided to check that area out. He said Florida State appealed to him, as the football team was always one of the top five teams, and it was different from the northeast, where college football is not the big- gest thing. At FSU, he tried out for the college baseball team and didn't get picked. However, he said he felt con- tent with his tryout, and since he was 25 at the time, he was really getting into his studies. "I had a lot of really good leaders in the military," Roose said. "Being from Pawtucket, I was kind of a punk and got into some trouble, but those lead- ers made me believe in myself and helped guide me. I wanted to be that for somebody. I started coaching and realized I could impact people and be a leader to kids who were away from their families and I could be that person they could trust and talk to and help motivate them." During his senior year at Florida State, Roose said he worked at a pri- vate sports performance facility. His co-worker was a girl who talked about her dad and an internship. Roose fig- ured out her dad was Craig Shipley, the Red Sox's head of international scouting. Weeks later, Shipley, after hearing about Roose from his daugh- ter, called him, and Roose immediate- ly jumped in his car from Tallahassee and drove seven hours to Fort Myers to meet with Shipley. Roose remembers that Shipley said he could not pay him, but if he want- ed the experience, he could intern. "I worked for ham and cheese sand- wiches," Roose said. During graduate school, Roose got a call from the Red Sox and was offered a job with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Roose was soon promoted to Minor League coordinator and was around to see the 2011 MLB Draft, which saw the Red Sox select Betts, Bradley, and Barnes. His job grew as he met and started training some of the team's prospects, and he even went down to the Dominican Republic to see Devers as a 16-year-old. "It's really wild, the whole journey, to me," Roose said. "How many years you put in and you underestimate the full spectrum. I was around these guys when they were 16-18 years old and then saw them become big leaguers. It's amazing the work that it takes to get to this point. This season was awe- some, but this team started a long time ago with the 2011 Draft." "It was crazy to see Mookie get the MVP award this year," Roose added. "I remember when he was in Lowell and had no home runs and wasn't sure he was going to be a power hitter." As the Minor League players grew and improved, so did Roose, and they all ended up on the big league roster. As the team's athletic perfor- mance coordinator and Major League strength & conditioning coach, he oversees the program through the whole organization, from the big leagues to the Dominican Republic. "I'm always with the big league team and monitoring them," he said. "(Rick) Porcello has a different program than Bogaerts. I'm always feeling out tweaks and making constant adjust- ments." He said that this year was different. Last year, they had made the playoffs, but got knocked out in the first round by the eventual world champions, the Houston Astros. But he had a feeling about this year, and in September, he said he started to plan a schedule for the players to play through October. "I was changing their programs and it was a challenge," he said. "I credit the players. They bought in." After Game 3, which the Dodgers won in 18 innings, "(Nathan) Eovaldi pitched six innings, but the next day, he was squatting 300 pounds." Roose said after that marathon game, most of the other guys came in to do their weight lifting and condi- tioning. But the guys had been buying in since before the All-Star break. He said they all kept each other motivated and did the little things, and everyone was all in, including manager Alex Cora and everyone else down the line. After the Red Sox won the World Series, Roose was able to celebrate with the team, as well as with his wife, Katie, and their 15-month old son, Mason, who joined Roose on a duck boat for the parade. After the parade, Roose returned home to Cumberland and threw a big party for family and friends. Roose does not know what the future holds for him, but he said he wants to be a dad. Being in baseball, at any level, means spending a lot of time on the road and away from loved ones. And not one to sit still, Roose is going for his PhD now. But he will look back at this year fondly. "I remember being on the back fields during spring training," he said. "There were the prospects that were with us from the beginning and other players from trades, and they all kept fighting to chase their dream. And I got to spray champagne with them in L.A. It's unreal." The offseason will still be busy for Roose, but he is still pulled to Cumberland. He said he was dis- turbed when his friend sent an email about how participation in the Cumberland Little League has dropped. Roose wants to make himself available to motivate more participa- tion and just help out in any way in town. "I want to be a part of something that means something," he said. "I want to use my experience and try and help someone else out." After the spark that hit him in 2004, Roose has been motivated and unstop- pable. "One day, I want to tell my kids that no dream is impossible," he said. ROOSE From Page 21 Cumberland's MIKE ROOSE, his wife, KATIE, and their 15-month-old son, MASON. 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