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Baseball is more than sport for Walters

Harrison Walters waves home Bowen Gray during a rec game at Ed Rinehart Park in New Caney.

Harrison Walters knelt at the third-base line during a pitching change. He tied a 9-year-old’s shoes while talking strategy with another.

Walters, who began coaching the 9-year-old Giants in the East Montgomery County rec league this spring, leads practices, helps with the pitchers and teaches the catchers.

“The players really look up to (Walters),” head coach Dustin Lindsey said. “They see him as an older brother.”

Junior Harrison Walters talks to Bowen Gray during a pitching change on March 28 at Ed Rinehart Park in New Caney. Walters started helping coach the team at the beginning of the spring. (Sydney Ortiz)

In a recent win against the EMC Pirates, Walters spent part of pregame warmups helping his starting pitcher adjust his grip on his change-up before coaching the team to a dominant win.

Baseball has always been a huge part of Walters’ life. Baseball filled his schedule during the first week of April. He coached his young Giants one day. Walters watched Astros starter Rolen Blanco throw a no-hitter at Minute Maid Park another day. He finished his week off as a closer in a 7-4 JV win against Nacogdoches.

“His love for baseball is a passion that runs deep,” Walters’ mom Beth Friedman Walters said. “He loves everything about it, from the rules to performance to the stats.”

Walters hopes to be just like his uncle Andrew Friedman, who played college baseball at Tulane University and is the current President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Walters takes two friends with him to Los Angeles for a week each summer. During that time he gets to watch the Dodgers and spend time with his uncle.

“I learned how to look at the game differently,” Walters said. “More than a baseball player – on the outside looking in.”

Friedman has shared his love for baseball with his nephew. Growing up, Walters’s mother remembers her younger brother sitting at the local Chinese restaurant reading the sports section of the newspaper and spitting out all his newly acquired facts.

“Harrison has the same love for the game – the rules, the stats,” Beth Friedman Walters said.

Although Walters has always been surrounded by baseball, he did not start playing until he was 10 years old. Originally soccer was the plan. At 10, he went straight into a player-pitch league. He started out as a first baseman and third baseman.

While Walters loves playing baseball, his dream is to work in the front office for a Major League Baseball team.

Harrison takes a picture with his uncle Andrew Friedman during the 2017 World Series. Friedman is the President of Baseball Operation for the Dodgers. Photo submitted by Beth Friedman Walters.

Because of his uncle, Walters has had baseball opportunities most fans never get. He met Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer David Ortiz and his favorite player Joc Pederson. The Kingwood Park junior has been on the field before games and he has seen what goes on behind-the-scenes.

He attended all three of the Astros’ home games against the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series with his cousin Ethan Friedman.

His mom still teases him that he and Ethan jinxed the Dodgers in Game 5. After the Dodgers took an early 3-0 lead, the boys went to buy ice cream. They walked around the concourse yelling excitedly about the Dodgers. The Astros came back to win 13-12 in 10 innings.

Despite the outcome, the 5½ hour game is still the most memorable game Walters has ever watched.

“I remember not sitting down at all during the game and feeling a roller coaster of emotions as the score kept flip-flopping,” Walters said. “It was absolutely crazy.”

Walters’s end goal is to win a ring in the Major Leagues like his uncle won with the 2020 Dodgers.

“That’s definitely something that motivates me to continue to learn the game,” Walters said.

For now, Walters is happy continuing to watch, play and coach baseball at every opportunity. His main focus is on trying to lift his 9-year-old Giants to a league title, which just may come with a ring.

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    Greg RobinsApr 28, 2024 at 6:26 am

    Keep pursuing your dreams kid. ANYTHING is possible!!
    My own son, who I credit for giving ME the gift of baseball, took to The Game like nothing I’ve ever seen. From the time he was about 2 yrs old, he could rattle off that current Astros team by name, number, position, whether they hit right, left, or switch, and some, where they went to college. He started playing T-Ball at 4 yrs old, and continued through his Sophomore year of high school. However, his knowledge, love, and understanding of the game continued to grow.
    He went off to college at Texas Tech, where he graduated in May of 2023 with a degree in Sports Management, and, on July 10th that year, began his career in the front office of the Sugarland Space Cowboys – the Triple-A affiliate of his hometown Houston Astros.
    Moving back to Houston was NOT in his plans ever since his 2nd year in college… UNLESS, he landed his dream job, at Minute Maid Park with his beloved Astros. He may not have landed that absolute dream job, BUT, he did land a very, very, very close second.
    On another note, if you’re interested, I’d be very happy to see if he’d be willing to talk with you about how he got to where he is. Just let me know. Oh, by the way, so you don’t think I’m just coming out of left field, so to speak, I went to school with, I’m guessing, your father, Brent Friedman at Episcopal High School.
    Again, please let me know about my offer.


    Greg Robins
    EHS Class of ’88