BASEBALL aficionados see a bright future for a young and upcoming slugger Josh Nathaniel ‘Jom’ Santillan of De La Salle Canlubang.
Santillan, 13, started swinging his bat couple of years back as a tot baseball player in a community team at the diamond field of Ayala Westgrove Heights in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
He touched the first base of his young promising career by playing in the Pony League and Little League baseball wearing his school colors, De La Salle Panthers, as he developed his batting power and established his position as reliable catcher and first baseman.
Santillan’s good eyes to the ball was sharpened and his defense tightened with the guidance of his coaches Mike Ochosa and trainers Wilfredo Hidalgo and Christian Canlas, former national baseball players, in preparation for his bigger stints going to the next base to collegiate up to bigtime baseball.
Besides achieving individual awards as Best in Batting and Mr. Homerun as a Panther, another milestone for Santillan was when he was selected through tryout as member of the Philippine Habagat baseball team that saw action during the Asia-Pacific qualifying event.
It was participated by powerhouse teams from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China held last summer held at the historic Rizal Memorial Baseball field.
He then became the skipper of Philippine Buhawi that conquered number of national teams that participated in an invitational open baseball tournament in Nankyu Singapore where Santillan’s batting power caught the attention of baseball enthusiasts who saw the actions at the Lion City.
With the full backing of his proud parents, John and Sheila, Jom’s ambition of becoming member of the national men’s baseball team won’t be hard to achieve in the near future and his dream of playing in the prestigious US Major League baseball will never be impossible.
“Up to now, no Filipino player ever played in the Major League-the ultimate dream of every baseball player like me. It’s not impossible. My parents are fully supportive in fulfilling this dream someday,” said the young Santillan.
The elder Santillan vows to support his son’s dream by sending him to US school to study and play baseball to get near into Jom’s ultimate goal – a Filipino major leaguer at the World Cup.