There is nothing in life that compares to your first love—and no, I am not just talking about the girl down the street. For some it is an instrument, for others it may be that girl down the street. For pitcher Weston Caindec that first love was baseball.
“My first memory as a child was baseball,” Caindec said.
Weston was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up, there were few things more important to him than family and baseball. Luckily for Caindec, those two things meshed and helped shape him into the athlete and person he is today.
“My dad was my coach from t-ball all the way up to high school,” Caindec said.
He wasn’t just getting lessons from his father; Weston was also getting batting practice from his mother from the beginning.
“My mom always talks about her throwing me wiffle balls from about the time I could walk,” Caindec said.
Caindec was born into a close-knit family, learning life and baseball lessons from his parents while also having his grandparents there at each and every game along the way. Weston has two younger siblings, a sister who was adopted from China and a brother who also plays baseball.
Caindec was not highly recruited coming out of high school. The Las Vegas native had one offer and it was from Lassen Community College in California. It was that one offer that helped Weston find the path that led him to St. Joseph. For that, he will be forever grateful to the man that gave him his first shot.
“That coach was my greatest influence,” Caindec said. “He helped get me to where I am today.”
As a child, Weston knew from the beginning that there was nothing else he would rather be, not a doctor nor a lawyer—he loved baseball and that is all he wanted to do. His journey to becoming a baseball player was a difficult one. Having grown up in Las Vegas, he played community college baseball in California before finally landing in northwest Missouri.
“It was difficult, but it taught me to get involved and to meet new people,” Caindec said.
Adjusting to new surroundings was one of a few lessons that Weston has learned on his path to Missouri Western. A lot of times sports teaches us things that we may not learn anywhere else and baseball has shown him that.
“It teaches you to work hard and strive to set your goals,” Caindec said. “Facing adversity and how to change and adapt to the things in front of you.”
Weston is still a college student first and is getting his degree in business management. He plans on attending law school back in Vegas once he gets his degree from Missouri Western.
“When I graduate I want to be remembered as a nice guy who treated others here well,” Caindec said. “Because they’re not going to remember my stats, but they will remember how I treated them.”