Despite being an avid New York Yankees fan, Greens Farms Academy baseball player Mark Roszkowski has always felt a connection to the city of Boston. So much so, in fact, that he plans on spending the next four years of his life in the city as a student-athlete at Tufts University. Earlier this fall, Roszkowski announced his verbal commitment to play fall for the Jumbos and was accepted to the school just last week.
When his mother was pregnant, the Roszkowskis were living in Boston. Howewver, on a visit to New York City, she went into labor a month earlier than expected, leading to Roszkowski’s birth in the Big Apple. Just a few years later, the family would relocate to just north of New York City and Roszkowski found a home away from home as a lifer at GFA.
“I think Tufts for me has always felt like home because it’s in Boston,” Roszkowski said. “I was supposed to be born in Boston but wound up being born in Manhattan. But every time I visit, I just love Boston.”
Roszkowski has been a varsity player for the Dragons since his eighth-grade season. This spring, he’s expected to be the ace pitcher for the GFA squad.
“[Over the years] I got to see myself grow up, but also my teammates,” Roszkowski said. “Through [Former] Coach JT and now Coach Pat [Vigilio], just seeing how the program is changing is so exciting. I think I’m leaving it in a good place.”
Roszkowski did get some looks from some Division 1 baseball teams, but the opportunity for a Tufts education and the chance to play for legendary Jumbos coach John Casey — a Hall of Famer now in his 38th season with the team — proved very enticing.
Roszkowski said, “Coach Casey is a leader I want to play for. A winning team, a great academic school — it’s a combination of all those things that won me over.”
Roszkowski plans to major in economics and finance at Tufts. “In terms of where I’ll be 20, 30 years from now, I’ll probably be working in business or maybe owning my own company,” he said.
For now, though, he is looking forward to his last baseball season with the Dragons, with that first pitch on the horizon.
“Mark is a very good athlete and talented baseball player,” Vigilio said. “He has all the tools to be an impact player at the college level. We’re very excited for the opportunities Tufts presents for Mark both on and off the field.”
Roszkowski is grateful for the role GFA played in getting him ready for the Tufts experience.
“I think growing up here at GFA has been a major part of my character,” Roszkowski said. “I’ve been here since kindergarten, so I am a lifer. All the teachers and coaches have influenced me so much in such a positive way.”