Journey winds down for Tim and Matt Gillis

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 04:16 PM.

"I've never heard him say a negative word that he wasn't getting to play a lot. It's like I've told the other guys, you've got to be prepared because  you never know when your time is going to come — and he's done that. Obviously, from a dad's standpoint he's a great son, but from a coach's standpoint he's a great teammate and a heck of a player."

Growing up Bulldog

It's hard for Matt to remember not being with the Bulldog baseball team. Some of his favorite times are being around the players while was growing up.

"One of my best memories (in elementary school) was when the team would come out here for the National Anthem," he said. "I would have my jersey on and my little pants. I would come out here and be a part of the team standing on the line with them and just start the game with them."

Tim admits that as Matt gets ready to graduate the emotions are running a little higher than normal.

"I've probably had a few of those (lumps in his throat) this year," he said. "I told somebody the other day I remember bringing him home and that seems like yesterday.

"You just learn over your life to enjoy the time you are in. Being around my son, and these young people (the other players), at a crucial time in their life is a blessing to me."

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