|John Fidacaro - 3B|
|Bridgewater-Raritan High School West
State Champions 1989.
Even Billy Beane couldn’t have envisioned such a team.
While we had the talent to do something special, we needed that extra ‘something’ to bring us to the next level. It wound up being we need that extra someone- Coach Hewitt- “Norm”. Someone to teach us how to play the game- someone that focused on the little things that matter the most, the details. And once we embraced his style, we realized that we had the right chemistry. Sure, playing small ball, utilizing our speed all helped, but it was a matter of executing the plays that we did so well. He believed in us and we trusted him- and so we performed. And the great thing about that was every game could be someone different that made the difference. If you ask who was the best player on the team- the answer likely depends on whom you asked. And I am sure they will have their reasons or recall certain plays. That is the great thing about our season- everyone remembers something they did to help us win. Although it’s likely we have different recollections, there is one thing for certain. We will all remember that we were the 1989 State Champions.