“ It’s not always going to work out the way you thought it would. You never really know how it is going to work out. There are so many different things to do in baseball. Just do something”. – Carmen Bucci
Born Carmen (no middle name) Bucci on March 29, 1973, in Chicago, IL he was the youngest child to Carmen and Gerri Bucci with two older sisters.
Carmen grew up on the south side of Chicago in the 80’s playing baseball and defending his name on the playground. He was recruited nationally for baseball, which landed him a scholarship to Northwestern University. As a four year starter, Bucci was a two-time All-Big Ten Shortstop.
He was drafted in 1995 by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round where he continued his athletic career for two years. Post Padre achievements include the operation of the West Coast Baseball School (Sherman Oaks, CA), former Scout with the Texas Rangers, and columnist with the Naperville Sun, writing about the ins & outs of college recruiting.
As an educational speaker and veteran scout with NCSA Athletic Recruiting, Carmen Bucci educates prospective student-athletes on how to manage and maximize their collegiate recruiting potential. He also performed stand-up comedy around the country.
Carmen is currently embarking on a rather challenging but determined mission to give thirty talks in thirty different states in thirty days starting April 2, 2018. His Positive Power of Negative Thinking platform focuses on the mental side of sports and the effects it has on young student-athletes.
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Carmen shares with us in this episode:
- How chasing the Big League dream can lead to helping others
- Some of the things that drive him to stay in the sports industry
- How doing stand up really helped him become a better speaker
- The importance of staying true to yourself and not doing things to please others
- And much, much more!
How We Met
Carmen and I met in Sherman Oaks California around 2000. He was then the owner of West Coast Baseball School and partnered with our friends Glen Raasch and Daris Toussaint. I was working with part-time at both locations in Sherman Oaks and Burbank. I was looking to go full time and all in on the business as a partner myself when at the same time Carmen was recently married and looking to move to Florida.
The opportunity was too perfect for me not to pass up.
I bought the Sherman Oaks location from them and launched my way into the baseball business. Carmen and I remained friends and kept in contact regularly. One day he calls me up and says I can help you help your high school players get recruited for college. This was around 2004 at the time, and NCSA was just getting rolling.
It wasn’t long after that Carmen started missing the West Coast weather and the beaches. He moved back to Los Angeles, and we connected again helping kids and families navigate the recruiting process.
We have remained close friends ever since.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to a guy that if he weren’t feeling wanderlust back then, I would not be here today writing and podcasting about how anyone with a passion and love for this game can most certainly make a living.
Love the Game. Live the Dream