Irvine junior Marc Filia loves to play both football and baseball.
“It’s whatever sport that is in season that I like,” he said. “I couldn’t choose.”
But last week, Filia had to make a choice.
Filia, scheduled to be the starting quarterback on the Irvine football team in the fall, was selected to be a member of the Southern California USA Baseball National Tournament Identification team which will compete against other regional teams in Cary, N.C. Aug. 17-20. The final team will be picked from this group to represent the country at future competitions.
Marc Filia and his father, Mike Filia were excited. At the time he tried out, Marc Filia wasn’t sure what the time commitments would be should he make the baseball team.
“At the time of the invitation, the commitment level wasn’t known,” Mike Filia said. “Once we learned the commitment, it became a wait and see if he is selected and if so, decide at that point.”
After weighing the options, Marc Filia and his father decided it was best that he honor his August commitment with the Irvine football team.
“As the quarterback and a team leader he feels it is his responsibility to his teammates and coaches to forego this opportunity and honor his commitment,” Mike Filia said.
Irvine football coach Erik Terry approved of the decision too.
“Marc is our projected starting varsity quarterback so we are all happy he made the type of decisions a mature leader should make,” Terry said.
Marc Filia said he was invited to try out for the baseball team at Hart Park.
“They put us through a bunch of different skill tests, the 50 yard dash and batting practice and we had a defensive skills showcase,” Filia said. “And I caught a bullpen for one pitcher. They had a bunch of USA reps and a bunch of other college coaches and they were evaluating us.”
Two days later, Filia, a catcher and outfielder, was informed he had earned a spot on the team.
But when he found out that he would have to miss four…