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SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: Leading The Way Across The Diamond

Hunter Gordon, Tom Bourdon, And Matt Pare Embrace The "C" On Their Chests

Assoc. Sports Editor

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 03:02

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Graham Beck / Heights Editor

“That was probably, as far as baseball goes, the biggest surprise,” Kim said. “It was really going to change the next couple years of your planning.”

The hardnosed backstop refused to let his grim prognosis stand in the way of making the most of each and every day. He used his time off the field to grow as a person, diving into all that the BC community has to offer, and made an unexpected discovery that will take him far, long after his playing days are over.

“If I never would’ve blown my knee out,” Pare said, “I would’ve never found my passion and what I’m going to go to grad school for—sports psychology. I took a sports psychology course here. It’s only offered in the summer, and I loved it.”

Though a formative moment in Pare’s life, his enriching road to recovery is just one example of an uncanny ability to make the best of every situation thrown at him. It’s a characteristic that has made his mom, and all those who know him, very proud.

“He makes the best of the situation and doesn’t dwell on the situation,” Kim said. “I try to emulate that myself sometimes.”

Before his days helping other athletes begin, however, the captain has some unfinished business to take care of alongside his fellow Eagles. A modest star like Pare is not in the business of making lofty preseason guarantees, but he promises that BC will finish the year as a team that left it all out on the baseball field.

“If you played hard and you did the right things,” he said, “we’re going to be in a pretty good spot.”

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At the dawn of a brand new year, the Eagles are stocked with talented youth and three captains who have proven their worth in college baseball and beyond. Yet the Eagles also have their share of doubters who see a them as a rebuilding team with a lot left to prove. The ACC Baseball Coaches’ preseason poll picked BC to finish in last the Atlantic Division and 11th overall in the conference.

Some teams might back down against the unfavorable opinion of critics, but Gambino’s 2013 Eagle squad is no typical team. Gordon, Bourdon, Pare, and their teammates will be sure to carry a chip on their shoulder heading into the season, but they will never let others’ expectations dictate their own high standards. As Pare points out, starting the year as an underdog is not a detriment—it’s a blessing in disguise.

“What a great opportunity to prove some people wrong,” he said. 

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