By Tiffany Williams –
Former College of the Holy Cross baseball player, Declan Cronin has made his return to Worcester this week. Cronin made his triple-A debut Tuesday night for the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliate). The Charlotte Knights, this week are playing a six-game set against the Worcester Red Sox in downtown Worcester.
I was able to catch up with Cronin before Friday night’s game and he told me “It’s special obviously the triple-A you know was a goal at the beginning of the season and where I debut was gonna be special in and of itself but to have it here in front of some friends and family on familiar territory, it’s a road game that felt like a home game to me. Coming home and obviously it means a lot, this place is special to me, so yea it’s been great.”
Cronin told me “This city has changed and this park is a big piece of it. Just to see the growth around the ballpark, to see the fanbase to it’s some of the better crowds that I’ve had in my professional career thus far in just the few day that I’ve been here it really seems like the city is behind this team and for me, someone that loves Worcester it’s really cool.”
Cronin also said that he was prepared really well at Holy Cross for “The staples of what makes a successful baseball player” which he said was “hard work, putting in the time and effort but also coming to the game from a cerebral mindset and trying to be a student of the game first” and those were principles he said that he learned on “The Hill” (College of the Holy Cross).
Cronin, who was drafted by the White Sox, earned a spot on the 2019 First Team All-Patriot League and ranks 10th in program history for career strikeouts with 156. He also was a four time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.