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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Jul. 30, 2021 11 months ago

Sport Spotlight – Elvis Lopez

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Get to know Winter Garden Squeeze catcher Elvis Lopez
by: Chris Martucci Sports Editor

Elvis Lopez is a catcher from Bloomfield College in New Jersey and brought his game to the Winter Garden Squeeze during the summer. He has played that position for the Squeeze and has even pitched. In his junior season at Bloomfield, Lopez hit .380 with five home runs. 

 

When did you start playing baseball? 

I started playing when I was 4 years old. I started off very young. 

 

What do you love most about baseball? 

I love that I still get to play the game that I love, that I have been playing ever since I was young up until now. I am very grateful for that because I know not a lot of people can still play up until college. 

 

What is your major? 

I am majoring in business management and finance.

 

What do you hope to do with that degree? 

If baseball doesn’t work out … I’ll probably end up taking over (my dad’s business). I definitely have a backup plan, and I am very confident that if baseball does not work out, that will be a success for me, as well. 

 

What does your dad do? 

My dad owns a flooring business. Any kind of flooring, but he specializes in carpet. 

 

What are some of your hobbies outside of baseball? 

When I’m not at the field or in the cages, I love to go to the gym, work out, and I also have a hobby of cars, too. I like to work on them, as well as install my own parts and stuff like that. 

 

Do you have a particular favorite kind of car? 

The one I have now — a 2018 Mustang GT.

 

What’s the best thing about being from New Jersey? 

I love the culture of Jersey ball, honestly. You don’t really see any crazy stunts. If you’re one of the better players, you all know each other since it’s a smaller state. I like how I pretty much know all the college players that are from there. 

 

What is your favorite thing from New Jersey? 

Bagels and pizza. 

 

Favorite movie?  

“The Sandlot.”

 

Favorite TV show?

“NCIS.”

 

Chocolate or vanilla? 

Vanilla. I was a chocolate kid, but as I grew up, chocolate got to be a little too sweet for me. I definitely like the simplicity of vanilla and how it’s kind of in between the sweetness of chocolate and just being plain. 

 

Do you think that plays into your personality? 

Yes and no. I like to be simple, not too complicated. I guess vanilla can almost describe me. It’s not too basic; it’s just right. 

 

What’s an interesting thing about you that no one would expect? 

My personality. I’ve always gotten a very different first impression than I expected. At first glance, I may not look like the nicest guy, but I would like to think I’m one of the people you can really talk to and really understand in any situation possible, because I’m an understanding guy. I like people, and I like helping them with problems if they have any. 

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Chris Martucci was the sports editor for the West Orange Times & Observer,  Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism, as well as a bachelor's degree in digital media...

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