- July 14, 2021
Eleven-year-old Kai Ocasio has found all sorts of success on the field this past season for the 12-and-under Winter Garden League team, and he was recently was named to the 12-and-under All-Star Team. Ocasio hopes one day his talents will take him to New York to play for his favorite baseball team: the Yankees.
My favorite part is hitting — like hitting around with my friends and also the competition.
In my opinion, it’s pitching or catching. Pitching, because you have to be mentally in the game. If you walk two batters, then you could get mentally out of the game and start not throwing strikes. You have to have 100% focus all the time.
I just talk to myself and try to be mentally in the game. And I also try to forget about the at bat.
Once I hit it, I thought it was caught, but it wasn’t. So then I was racing around first and going to second, but I thought it was a ground-rule double, but it wasn’t. So by the time I got to second, I realized it was a home run. I was the last person on my team to hit a home run.
My most favorite thing about playing outfield is running to get the ball. Probably throwing a kid out from the outfield.
Getting on base is always perfect, and helping the team.
It really felt good, and it’s an accomplishment — it’s an honor to be an All-Star.
It was a pretty good season. We lost five games, but we made it to the championship — though we lost the championship on a walk-off.
All of the friendships that I’ve made with everybody that plays 12U. And also being able to make All-Stars.
Oh yeah, I’m trying to work on everything — everything all around, especially my hitting.
Aaron Judge, because he hits bombs, and he’s also a Yankee.
I’m looking forward to being a part of the All-Stars because this is my last season for All-Stars.
I like to play outside with my friends, and also play with my dog.