Three Former High School Teammates Will Start For MLB Teams on Opening Day

Lucas Giolito, Jack Flaherty and Max Fried, all taking the mound on Opening Day, also all happened to go to the same high school. The 2012 Harvard-Westlake baseball team wasn’t fair.

They still didn’t win a state championship, which mostly had to do with the early-season arm injury of Lucas Giolito. Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty was just a sophomore, so he had some room to grow, and Fried was the one senior who stayed healthy.

Overall, the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines went 24-5-1 and gave us one ridiculous story. Half of us quit playing baseball after high school ended, but I have a feeling we would have called off the dogs even earlier if we’d run into this trio. Just a hunch.

Their former head coach, Matt LaCour, had this to say about his former star pitchers:

“All three of these guys have had their own unique journey to get to this point in their career, and I’m proud of the resilience each has shown,” LaCour said. “Opening Day will definitely be a lot more special this year.”

Keep an eye on these three on Opening Day. If they all get a win, then we probably just witnessed a feat that may never be replicated. Baseball’s weird like that.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Pretty cool story. My high school (Lakewood High in CA) had someone in the world series 3 years in a row (Redsox, Giants, Mets) and that was fun for those of us who played with them

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