Weglarz Already Golden In Eyes Of Family
At 6'3" 250-pounds, outfielder Nick Weglarz is a fearsome presence at the plate for any opposing pitcher. Just 20 years of age, the scary thing is he is expected to get even bigger in the next few years as his body continues to mature and fill out.
But even while he is a hulking, menacing mass at the plate, outside the lines Weglarz is one of the kindest, gentlest young men in sports today. A gentle giant. The big Canadian redhead has makeup which is off the charts, and combined with his persona off the field and his abilities at the plate, the comparisons to former Indians great Jim Thome are stirringly dead on.
"As a young child, Nick was very busy, always on the move and always smiling," said Carol Glintz, who is Nick's aunt. "Nick still has that million dollar smile that captivates your heart instantly! We all look forward to Nick's periodic returns home to catch up and be entertained by his firework displays."
Those fireworks displays Weglarz puts up are a result of some incredible God-given talent and Herculean power, and he has molded and refined his abilities over the year with lots of hard work. His makeup and how he carries himself is the result of a great support system growing up, namely his mother and father Stan and Cheryl Weglarz along with his younger sister Amanda. The Weglarz family has been with Nick every step of the way from youth baseball, to Little League, to the Canadian junior national team as a 16-17 year old, and now in professional baseball in the minor leagues.
"Nick's greatness stems from a strong family team with parents and a sister that have given everything to support his success," said Glintz.
Any parent or relative of a talented athlete in junior high or high school knows how much dedication, time, money, and patience is needed with a successful young athlete. All the games, travel, gear, expenses, and so on that is needed while you help your child achieve their dream. It is a lot for parents to endure, especially those who have kids that are part of a national tournament team as soon as eight to ten years old. You name the sport, kids are attending more and more camps and clinics and playing on more tournament teams these days to improve their chances at a college scholarship or taking it a step further to maybe play their sport professionally.
The seeds for this success are usually sown early, and many different people usually have a hand in helping those roots take hold and molding that talent. In Weglarz's case there was a laundry list of people who helped him, one of note was family friend and neighbor Tom Halbert.
"I have watched Nick play ball from day one," said Halbert. "A lot of his American friends may not realize that Nick was a left handed pitcher. Nick pitched or played first base, some outfield and believe it or not he even was a catcher in his early years. There were lots of times when his dad was working I would catch for Nick while he practiced his pitching or did a little batting practice or long toss. I always knew Nick had a special talent and would make us proud."
All the time and effort paid off for Weglarz along with his family and friends on June 7th, 2005 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 2005 Draft. When the family heard their son's name announced on the on-line radio stream they were listening to, pandemonium ensued.
"At Nick's draft party we were all waiting and listening over the Internet," said his mother Cheryl Weglarz. "[Then we heard]