Havre de Grace's Stetina loves the game

From a reserve to starter to captain, this Warrior stays focused

  • Havre de Grace player Jon Stetina says he loves baseball's surprises. He adds, "You can have a game where a pitcher throws a perfect game and the next game where the hitters are knocking the ball out of the park every time."
Havre de Grace player Jon Stetina says he loves baseball's… (Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd…)
April 01, 2010|By By Glenn Graham

A self-proclaimed baseball nut, Jon Stetina has come a long way in a short time to become a pivotal part of Havre de Grace's program in his senior year. As a junior, Stetina started the season as a reserve first baseman, but he worked his way into the starting lineup as an outfielder because of his athleticism, good bat and team-first approach. This year, first-year coach Sean Welch immediately recognized those attributes and named Stetina a captain as the Warriors try to improve on last year's 2-14 season. Stetina's go-getting ways also were apparent when he went looking for his first job two summers ago. His first stop was visiting the Aberdeen IronBirds, and he became the minor league team's batboy and visiting clubhouse attendant. In addition to baseball, Stetina played four years on Havre de Grace's boys volleyball team. Maintaining a 2.6 grade-point average, he is considering going to Harford Community College and then a university in hopes of playing college baseball. He's interested in sports management.

Question: What is it about baseball that has made you so fond of it?

Answer: My dad bought me a ball and glove when I was 3 or 4 years old and I've loved it ever since. I love the surprises that come with it. You can have a game where a pitcher throws a perfect game and the next game where the hitters are knocking the ball out of the park every time.

Q: How did the job with the IronBirds come about?

A: My dad was talking to me about getting a part-time job to earn some extra money, so the first thing I did was check with the IronBirds and I got lucky. I started at the end of my sophomore year and have been there the past two years.

Q: What is the best advice you received from any of the IronBirds players?

A: Caleb Joseph told me to never take my eye off the ball and always expect the unexpected when you're out there.

Q: What are the keys to being a good captain?

A: Being able to get along with everybody is really important, and I'm going to try to help the younger players and set a good example.

Q: Do you have any role models?

A: Al Kaline. He was a right fielder for the Tigers awhile back. Everything you heard about him was positive. He had a really strong arm and could gun anyone out at home. My dad is a huge Tigers fan and ever since I was little he would always tell me stories about Kaline and everything he did. I have a picture of him in my room.

Q: What are your keys for staying focused at the plate?

A: Whenever I'm at bat, before the pitch comes, I usually think about a song to calm me down. I may even hum one. And I'm always moving to keep from staying tight.

Q: What are your thoughts as your senior year of high school comes to an end?

A: I can't believe it has come this fast. I'm really going to miss this place. Some people may not believe Havre de Grace is a real nice place, but it's a great little environment.

Q: What is one show you never miss on TV?

A: "Scrubs." I honestly have no idea why. It's just something about the weird things it has that makes me constantly laugh.

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