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Julius Diaz comes back home to baseball for one-and-done run with La Salle

It was the UAAP Season 78 Baseball tournament when Julius Diaz made his mark as a player to watch.

His outstanding performance helped the University of Santo Tomas clinch their first runner-up title in 14 years. Diaz’s hard work and dedication paid off when he was awarded the coveted Most Valuable Player nad Rookie of the Year titles.

However, just a few months after the tournament, Diaz was seen playing for the De La Salle University team at the Philippine Baseball League. It was a surprise move that left many wondering why he would leave UST.

However, that was the last time he wore the green and white as the pandemic happened.

The lanky outfielder had been part of the RP Blu Boys, who won gold in the 31st Southeast Asian Games and made it to the 2022 Softball World Cup.UAAP-85-Baseball-Julius-Diaz-DLSU-5 Julius Diaz comes back home to baseball for one-and-done run with La Salle Baseball DLSU News UAAP  - philippine sports news

But despite being a decorated softball player, Diaz wants to settle some unfinished business in the bigger diamond, returning to baseball for his one-and-done run with the Green Batters.

“Siyempre, eager na eager ako makalaro.

“Siyempre, ang tagal kong hinintay eh, pero ayan dumating na, nag-a-adjust pa rin. Yung sa ‘kin kasi nahirapan ako kasi nga naglaro ako ng softball. Nag-a-adjust pa rin ako hanggang ngayon,” the 24-year-old batter out of Tanay, Rizal said.

Despite the challenges, Diaz remains a great all-around player, helping his team win against National University in a recent game. He admits, though, that he still needs to work harder.

“As a more seasoned player, I still feel like there is more to do. It’s been a challenge adjusting to the different game, but with the help of my teammates, we are working hard to make it work,” Diaz said.

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Diaz’s journey is a reminder that life is full of unexpected twists and turns. But even with these challenges, it is possible to find one’s way back home.

With the support of his teammates and coaches, Diaz is looking forward to having his redemption in baseball before coming back to softball.

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.

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