Athlete of the Week: Jonathan Bosque, Foundation Academy baseball

After suffering a season-ending back injury, Lions shortstop Jonathan Bosque has fought to get back on the diamond to help lead the Lions to a historic season.

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In the middle of his junior season, Foundation Academy baseball shortstop Jonathan Bosque suffered a stress fracture on his L5 vertebrate and missed the rest of the season. In addition to not being able to play, Bosque’s injury prevented him from doing basic things — such as driving a car, walking up the stairs or sitting at a desk in class. 

After fighting back from the injury, Bosque started his senior season well and helped lead the Lions to 10 consecutive wins. After suffering another setback — a stress reaction — the Tennessee Wesleyan commit once again fought back from his injury and started at shortstop for Foundation in its last two games. 

For the season, Bosque is hitting for an average of .344, has scored 17 runs, stolen eight bases and has an on-base percentage of .488.

The Basics

Age: 18 

Sport: Baseball 

Grade: Senior

School: Foundation Academy


How does it feel to be named Athlete of the Week?

It’s an honor. I am so thankful to be recognized, and I give all the thanks to God.

What do you like the most about baseball?

I love the game. The competition and the grind it takes to win a baseball game and succeed. 

What is your goal for this season, for yourself and the team?

For myself, it’s to be a good leader on the field and bring others closer to Christ while doing it. For the team, it’s to win a state championship.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from baseball?

How to handle failure the right way. In baseball, you fail way more than you succeed. It’s what you do with your failures that defines you as a baseball player. 

Who is your favorite athlete?

My favorite athlete is Francisco Lindor. He is an amazing baseball player who has good character on and off the field. And he is Puerto Rican like me.

What is your favorite baseball memory?

My favorite baseball memory is winning the regional final game against Orangewood Christian to send us to the state final four. 

What is your go-to pre-game meal?

I normally don’t eat very heavily before the games. It’s whatever we have provided for us, but one thing I always have is a Rice Krispies Treat. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson, for those!

What is your go-to pre-game hype song?

“La Cosquillita” by Juan Luis Guerra. My dad used to always play that in the car with me before my travel ball games, and it is something I will always remember.

What is your favorite non-sports hobby?

I love to dance. It’s one of my favorite things to do. 

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?

I love my Bible classes, although I am not currently enrolled in one. They have always been my most favorite classes to take. I love learning about God and how good He is and His truths. 

What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island? Why?

My mom, because she is my rock, and I can’t imagine not being with her; my Bible, so I can stay rooted in Christ; and (some) Chipotle, so I can eat (well).

If you could have dinner with one person — dead or alive — who would it be?

Jesus. To hear Him speak and educate me on His ways and to hear all the stories and see miracles happen would be the biggest dream come true. When I get to heaven one day, we will sit down and have some steaks.

Looking back, what piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Explore other things and have fun doing so. 

If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be?

How has God worked in your life? 

Who is your favorite superhero?

My favorite superhero is Spider-Man. I love his powers and what he can do. To be able to sense something before it comes is something I would love to have.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

To be able to freeze time. To live in the moment a little longer; and to enjoy a moment and have it never end.

What is your most controversial food take?

Candy corn is so disgusting and should never be eaten.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

Absolutely not, but if you like it, there is nothing wrong with that. 



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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