PREVOST PLAYS WITH A HEAVY HEART THIS FATHER'S DAY
This Sunday, the Cyclones will be “on the road,” taking on the Staten Island Yankees in a doubleheader following Friday’s rainout. Also on Sunday, families across the country will be celebrating Father’s Day. But for one Cyclone, this one will be different than the many others he has experienced.
Just last week, Josh Prevost had one of his dreams come true, being drafted in the MLB Draft. Unfortunately, he could not have his biggest fan at his side while watching his goal of becoming a professional baseball player become a reality.
In January, Josh’s father, Bill Prevost passed away. Despite his early passing, Bill did not go out without a fight, he fought stage 4 colon cancer for three years.
“He was the greatest,” said Prevost. “He taught me how to play golf, soccer, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, everything. He was awesome, a great role model.”
A native of Belle Mead, NJ, Prevost stayed in his home state and played college baseball for Seton Hall University. In 2013 during his junior season, his father would go watch his son as many times as he could, afterwards always giving words of encouragement, no matter the outcome. Prior to his death, Bill Prevost said on several occasions that his son was going to have a big senior year…boy was he right.
When the season got underway in the spring, Josh did exactly what his father predicted. Prevost finished the season as the Big East’s most dominant pitcher, leading the conference in wins, ERA, opponent batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts. In fact, one of his complete games and shutouts came at his new home, MCU Park, when his Pirates took on St. John’s University in the Big East Tournament last month.
During his senior campaign, Josh used some his father’s positivity to get him through any rough patches. On the inside of his cap, Prevost wrote “DAD.”
“It just helped me calm down whenever I was in a tough situation, I would look up, take a deep breath and it’d remind me that things could always be worse,” said Prevost. “Having bases loaded with no outs is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things so it was great.”
Shortly after his final season, the Mets, his father’s favorite team, selected Josh in the 5th round of this years MLB draft.
“He’d be proud wherever I went, but he’d be even happier that I’m with the Mets, especially in New York City right now, and being local, it’s a dream come true.”
With his hometown just an hour away from Coney Island, Josh anticipates to see of his family throughout the season cheering him on at the ballpark.
“It’s like playing in my backyard,” said Josh. “I’ve been playing in the northeast my whole life. It’s great having them really close, having a good support group, if things get tough, being so close to them and seeing them every once in a while would be great.”
While the Cyclones have two games on Sunday afternoon, Josh plans on briefly seeing his brothers and being together to honor their father.
“My two older brothers are gonna come up, it’ll be nice to see them,” said Prevost. “We’ll just hang out, have a nice talk and that’s all I really want.”
Although Josh is now playing professional baseball, he is not done working hard. He will continue to keep his father in his thoughts and use him as inspiration as Josh continues his career.
“I hope he’s proud and I’m gonna do everything I can to keep making him proud,” said Prevost.
--By Chris Dela Rosa