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Didi Gregorius is coming off the best season of his MLB career, and the Yankees shortstop recently returned to his baseball roots in Curacao for
offseason training.

Gregorius' family A.J. Cole Youth Jersey moved to the Caribbean island when he was about 5 years old, and he
went to the same high school as Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Gregorius also played high-school baseball against Orioles second
baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"The island's not big," Gregorius said, "so you run into everybody a

It's truly a small world. Adam Eaton Youth Jersey In fact, Gregorius played second base in high school and Simmons was his double-play partner up the middle."We used to play with guys who were two or three years older than us," Gregorius said. "We won basically all the games."

Gregorius works out at a local gym where his mother used to be an instructor. He's been going there since he was 10.

"When I grew older, I just thought, Adam Lind Youth Jersey 'Everything started here, so I might as well stay here,'" Gregorius

Gregorius also participates in baseball camps on the island, preparing
the next generation of ballplayers and thinking back to his own youth in
the process.

"When I was young, and I was in that position, you'd see the big
leaguers or guys in the Minor Leagues try to help us, try to pass on the
knowledge," Gregorius said. "Now, I'm in that position. It's always
good to give back."Iowa and Boston College will play in the Pinstripe
Bowl on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. ET, with tickets still on sale.

Both teams finished at 7-5 in Anthony Rendon Youth Jersey the regular season, but showed an ability to hang with college
football's best. Iowa blew out No. 5 Ohio State, 55-24, on Nov. 4, while
Boston College bested Louisville and the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner,
Lamar Jackson, in October.

Coaches and players discussed the matchup on a conference call Friday.

"This is not a regular-season game, it's a game that both programs
worked hard to get to," Boston College defensive coordinator Jim Reid
said. "It's an extra game. It's a bowl game, and not only that, it's in
the greatest city, second-greatest city in the United States. … Maybe
the third-greatest behind Iowa City and Boston."

The biggest connection between these two teams comes in the form of
Reid, who spent three seasons as Iowa's linebackers coach before taking
his current position with the Eagles.

Both Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and defensive coordinator
Phil Parker fondly remembered their time with Reid, a veteran football
mind in his fifth decade of coaching.

"As a young coach and a guy who just feels fortunate to be around older
veteran guys, I'm very thankful for the three years that Jim was here
and the chance to learn from a guy like that, who has so much
experience," Ferentz said.

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