WILMINGTON, MA — This is the third in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.
Chris Grecco is one of a kind, the natural athlete who is humble and just loves to play the game. He’s an extremely personable kid, who is always willing to sacrifice for the good of the team. The kind of player coaches love to coach. Chris’s baseball adventure began by playing ball in his col-du-sac with current teammate Jack Boyle. They would spend hours hitting, playing catch, and just enjoying baseball. Two best friends playing catch in the dead of winter, there is nothing like it in the whole world. It was during this time that Chris began to develop the skills that would make him the player he is today. The boys have come full circle as they are now both members of the WHS varsity baseball team.
Chris began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Cyclones coached by Jim Boyle and Cliff Lord. Chris was fortunate to have Coach Boyle, as he had spent his pre WLL days learning the game from his neighbor. Starting off those earlier years were fun and informative. Chris learned at a young age that you don’t wear jean shorts to play baseball. His skills were evident the moment he walked on the small diamond at the North. He has fond memories of playing every position and learning to hit the fastball. He is grateful to his coaches for teaching him how to play the game and helping to start a love affair with the game of baseball. He went on to play for the Avalanche, Astros and Braves before moving to the majors.
Chris was drafted by the White Sox as an eleven year old, and spent two seasons playing for Coach Bob Gage. He made the All Star tournament team for both seasons he played in the majors. In the majors, Chris began to develop the skills needed to be an outstanding pitcher and shortstop. He will always remember the feeling he had the first time he took the mound at Rotary as an eleven year old. He will also never forget the near no-hitter he threw against the Twins, only to have it broken up by future teammate Ben Maynard. He helped lead the White Sox to the brink of a championship in his final year. Chris was a regular at Rotary Park even when the White Sox were not playing, as he enjoyed hanging with his friends watching the other teams play.
Chris not only played for the WLL spring teams, he played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony and Northeast teams in the summer as well. He was a vital member of the first Wilmington Middle School team. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. During that Middle School season Chris began to transform into the pitcher he is today, and made the change from short to third base. The final chapter of his WLL career was playing for 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship. Chris played nine of the ten WLL seasons he was eligible, only missing his final season due to making the WHS varsity team. Chris also wants it mentioned that he got to play for his favorite coach, Coach Boyle, on the Middle School and Northeast teams. The coach he affectionately nicknamed “Jimbo”
This will be Chris’s third year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats. He was selected to the Middlesex League All Star team, named a Lowell Sun All Star, and played on the 2017 Middlesex Freedom division championship team last year. During his Freshman year, he played on the JV baseball team. Chris also played four years of WHS Soccer and four years for WHS Basketball where he was team captain during his Senior Year.
Chris’s parents, Sue and Chuck Grecco, have great memories of watching Chris play baseball and seeing him grow up to become an outstanding person and player. Chris always appreciated his Mom, Dad, and brother Thomas for supporting him over the years and helping to make his time playing baseball fun and enjoyable. One of his fondest memories is his Mom taking him to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Chris will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall where he is majoring in Journalism.
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