By ROSE VALENZUELA
Pima Community College sophomore baseball player Bryant Muñoz has reached goals, and is still on the verge of reaching more.
Muñoz was born in Sonora, Mexico, and moved to Tucson when he was about 3 months old.
He has every ballplayer’s dream, to become a Major League Baseball player. Aside from that, he would like to be a baseball agent, so he is concentrating on his studies.
“I’m studying sports management and business administration, because for some of us, reality hits a lot quicker than others,” he said. “It’s the hardest sport to be successful in, but the love I have for it keeps me wanting to be around it for the rest of my life, even if I can’t play it.
“Baseball was my first love. I was 3 when I first began.”
Muñoz, 20, is determined to continue playing for as long as he can.
As a sophomore this year, he has already signed to play next season at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he will go from being an Aztec to being a Wildcat.
It has taken him a lot to be able to continue with his dream, and so far he has made it clear that no matter how difficult something is, everything is worth it in the end.
“It feels great going to play at a Division I program,” he said. “I took a lot of criticism over the years. People telling me I was too small, not strong enough, not fast enough, etc.”
“It feels that much better to be able to say I accomplished my dream.”
He is stoked about leaving Arizona and moving to the Sunshine State for two years.
“I definitely can’t wait to live two years in Daytona Beach, Florida,” he said.
He dedicates his life to baseball, but when he is off the field he enjoys doing other stuff in his free time.
“I like to spend my spare time in the gym staying in shape, trying to stay injury-free,” he said. “I also enjoy playing racquetball. It’s been my hobby growing up.”
Muñoz has his sights set all the way across the nation for now. Like countless young men before him, he’s willing to do whatever he needs to in order to stay connected with his true love.