Athlete of the Week: Max Eidelman, West Orange baseball

The senior has been lights out through six games for the Warriors. His batting average of .455, five RBIs and eight runs scored are a big reason West Orange has started the season 5-1.

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In his fourth season on the West Orange High varsity baseball team, Max Eidelman has not only improved each year but has begun the 2024 season as one of the biggest reasons why the Warriors are off to a hot start. 

Max’s bat has been finding the ball at an incredibly impressive clip, hitting for an average of .455, knocking in five runs and scoring eight runs of his own. 

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

Being named Athlete of the Week means a lot to me, and I’m honored. Shoutout to my coaches and my teammates for continuing to help me become a better player, day in and day out. 

What do you like the most about baseball? 

Being able to share the field with my best friends every single practice and game. It’s a true brotherhood that you share with your teammates. 

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

The goal for the season is to continue to get better every single game, every pitch and every inning, (both) as a team and for myself.

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

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from baseball is that you can only control what you can control. 

Who is your favorite athlete?

My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because of his willingness to get better no matter what it takes and his drive and determination to be the best is inspiring. 

Is there someone you try to model your game after? 

I wouldn’t say there is a specific someone I model my game after, but I take bits and pieces from a lot of different players. I just want to be the best version of myself every single day.

Favorite baseball memory? 

My favorite baseball memory is the one I’ll create in the next game I get to share with my teammates and coaches.

What’s your go-to pregame meal? 

My go-to pregame meal is just a simple chicken and rice.

What’s your go-to pregame hype song? 

“AOK” — (it) keeps me calm and just simply gets me ready to play a game. 

What is your favorite subject in school? 

My favorite subject in school is probably going to be whenever we have lunch because I don’t have to learn anything and I just talk with my friends. 

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

Water because it’s essential for survival, a boat so I can get out of the island and gas for the boat so I have the fuel to leave. 

What is your favorite movie? 

“Step Brothers” because every single time I watch it I can get a good laugh out of it.  

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

Kobe Bryant because I can just sit and learn so much from his mindset to (his) work ethic that would help me in not only baseball but in life. 

If you could go back in time to a specific period in history, when and where would you go? 

The ’80s because of the style of life, the movies coming out and the fact that nobody had phones. 

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

You can only control what you can control, don’t try to do too much. 

Who is your favorite superhero? 

My favorite superhero has got to be Captain America because of the way he stays so smooth in the moment.

Who is your favorite supervillain? 

The Joker because of the way he messes around and gets in people’s heads.

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

I’d be able to teleport because I could be in any place I want to be at any time, no matter what. 

If you could travel to three places in the world, where would you go? 

Bora Bora — it’s an absolutely beautiful place to be. Paris — I would love to see the Eiffel Tower. And Greece because, yet again, it’s just so nice there. 

If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be? 

A lion because their presence is strong and powerful and they are just superior.

What is your most controversial food take? 

Mint ice cream is actually good and doesn’t taste like toothpaste. 

Sam Albuquerque is the Sports Editor for the Orange Observer. Please contact him with story ideas, results and statistics.

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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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