A Day In the Life of a JUCO Parent

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Every year thousands of excited baseball fans pack the stands at the JUCO World Series -- but none are more excited than the players' parents. Just like the teams, their days at JUCO stretch long before and way beyond their time on the diamond.

Tommy and Margo Cook are the proud parents of Sante Fe Community College 2nd baseman Tyler Cook.

"We were excited, it was a once in a lifetime trip," said Margo Cook.

"I knew I was going from the time we qualified," said Tommy Cook.

They made the nearly 2,000 mile trek from Gainesville, Florida to Grand Junction for their first ever JUCO World Series.

"I've never experienced community involvement like we've seen here," said Tommy Cook.

Just a little after 7pm Tuesday, they've made their way to the bleachers, anxiously awaiting the start of their son's game -- capping off what's already been a long day.

"I pretty much just go with the flow," said Tommy Cook. "She can't sit still especially in a hotel room."

Early Tuesday morning, the Cooks set off for the Grand Mesa, bringing with them a few excited members of the team who had never seen snow. After dropping them back off at the team's hotel --

"I think at twenty, they like hanging out with each other more than with mom and dad," said Tommy Cook.

-- It was back to their hotel for a little fun of their own with some of the other parents.

"We've had some good times, we've sat out in the hot tub one night," said Tommy Cook. "We've had a good time, we'll leave it at that."

After working on a little laundry and grabbing all their gear, they headed out for a quick bite to eat. Then, it was off to the ball park --

"A couple hours before game time I'm ready to go," said Tommy Cook. "I'm ready to pick my seats, I have to have my right angles."

-- Where for the first time since the tournament began, it wasn't raining.

"We expected it to be a little clearer, I think we felt like we brought the rain," said Margo Cook.

"So far we've been successful with rain delays," said Tommy Cook. "So maybe the rain's a good thing."

They say sitting in the stands, they've made all kinds of memories --

"We overheard somebody, they had a pool going about who was gonna win and we were not favored to win," said Margo Cook. "And this one guy was telling us we lost him a lot of money. I thought that was funny."

-- And are having to make all kinds of decisions. Margo was scheduled to fly out of Grand Junction Wednesday.

"I was thinking three games would be enough for me just with my schedule but I don't think it's enough," said Margo Cook. "Especially if we win tonight. I might be calling United Airlines."

Basking in the Santa Fe Saints' successes --

"It makes you feel really proud," said Margo Cook.

-- They and all the parents say they came to the Grand Valley for one thing.

"We're shooting for the championship and we're looking forward to it," said Tommy Cook. "Go Saints!"

Margo tells 11 News she was able to get her flight changed and that she looks forward to watching the Saints march on in their quest for the JUCO Title.

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