Alex the great: TRU baseball veteran excels on the field and in the classroom

WolfPack third basemen feels just as at home in the library as on the diamond, which is evident when you see his list of future prospects for law school. PHOTO BY MARVIN BEATTY

Nathan Crosby, Sports Editor  Ω

Alex Condon is what every coach wants his or her player to be.

The WolfPack’s six-foot-four, 220-pound third baseman is about to graduate with a degree in economics and a sizzling 4.30 GPA.

He is in his third year with TRU’s baseball team and is fresh off winning the Dr. Roger H. Barnsley Scholar/Athlete Award for his school work and on-field performances.

He is also the only WolfPack player to win the Rud Haar Memorial Scholarship from the B.C. Premier Baseball league.

Baseball, gym, study. Repeat.

“It’s busy, but you find a way to do it,” Condon said.

He has two walk-up songs when he approaches the plate.

Sometimes it’s “God is Going to Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash. Sometimes it’s “King of the Road” by Roger Miller.

I’m a man of means, by no means, king of the road.

He said he would never miss a baseball game for school and if so, he will bring his homework.

“It’s not odd to see him at practice in the morning, in between with a book,” WolfPack head coach Ray Chadwick said.

Condon, who graduates this June, has some big decisions to make in the next few months. His high GPA has him landing acceptance letters to study law from some of the biggest sports schools on the continent.
The University of Toronto is a possible candidate.

But so is Georgetown University in Washington D.C., the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, NYU in New York City or Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

While it may be pre-emptive for Condon to decide whether he wants to go to the Varsity Blues, the Hoyas, the Quakers, the Bobcats or the Blue Devils, he isn’t rushing his decision.

“My roommate is a big Duke fan so he’s pulling for them,” Condon said with a laugh.

On Mar. 28, Condon hit an in-the-park home run at Norbrock Stadium. He finished the night hitting four for five and scored three runs.

He said baseball and school comes down to one thing.

“With [baseball and school], it’s all about the preparation,” he said.

“In school, you have to prepare for a test. In baseball, it’s about honing your swing and honing your skills and making sure everything is ready for the game.”

Condon grew up in Victoria and did his first year of school at UBC. His parents certainly taught him the value of education; his dad is a retired high school teacher and his mother is a high school counsellor.

But he always had an interest in studying economics and then law.

“A lot of our society is based on [economics and law] and I think they work well together and there’s lots of stuff that you can do with them since they are open disciplines,” he said.

His ability to multi-task is another valuable attribute that his coach sees.

“You’re going to find him in the library, you’re going to find him in the weight room or you’re going to find him in the batting cage,” coach Chadwick said.

“He’s got more raw ability than anybody we’ve had in the nine years I’ve been here. I don’t know if we’ve had anybody that has worked as hard at all the different things.”

Condon said it’s his teachers and coaching staff that have helped him become the player he is.

“We’ve had really good coaching, especially Ray and Frank [Ingram] and Scott [Nevison] and Pat [Brown] and Dave [Arthurs],” he said.

“I’ve had really good profs all the way through, so it’s easy when you got people helping you out like that.”

Although Condon wouldn’t say which university he is leaning towards to study law, he expects to have a decision by the end of May on which school he will take his talents to.

In the TRU athletic circles, Condon is known for showing up with the rest of the baseball team to support the other WolfPack sports and for bringing his books to study during the breaks in play.

“That’s a bit of a myth,” Condon said.

Coach Chadwick disagreed.

“No it’s not.”