Meet Christian Yelich

Christian Yelich — Brand Ambassador

Ask any kid what they want to be when they grow up, and more than likely you’ll have quite a few of them declare they will be professional baseball players. And who could blame them? You get to dedicate yourself to a sport you love, be a role model for others across the country and make a difference in communities.

Take it from Christian Yelich, once a California kid with big ambitions, now, an all-star athlete and one of the biggest names in professional baseball. Christian told himself as a young boy that he was going to make it to the professional league and held himself to it. But his success certainly didn’t happen overnight.

"Goals are achieved through hard work. You can’t hope or wish it happens, you have to go out there and do it."
- Christian Yelich

About Christian Yelich

Christian had to put in the work to get to where he is today. He grew up in Thousand Oaks, California and worked tirelessly to take his baseball career to the next level. Whether he was staying a little later after practice to stand out on his high school team or working on his skills with his two brothers year-round, Christian was always working towards something great.

But even with a strong goal in his mind, he never forgot to embrace what was going on in the moment. Christian is proud of his journey from freshman year high school tryouts to making his debut to the professional level in 2013 and eventually earning all-star status and an MVP award. Why? Because sometimes it’s the journey that shapes you into the dreamer you need to be to accomplish your goals!

"Oftentimes when you get to that end goal and accomplish what you’ve set out to do, it feels special, but a lot of times the memories or experiences you had along the way are just as special."
- Christian Yelich

You’re bound to run into obstacles when pursuing your big dream. Like in 2019 when Christian fractured his kneecap and was ineligible for the rest of the season — but that didn’t deter him from getting back to the game. With determination to recover, Christian came back stronger than ever thanks to his persistent drive to overcome anything that comes in his way.

Christian Yelich sitting in the stands from his high school field smiling as he reflects on what he’s accomplished so far in his young career in baseball

But even with all this success, that California kid is not long forgotten. As one of the founders of California Strong, Christian supports his home state through this initiative to provide financial aid to those impacted by natural or unexpected disasters in his home state.

So, what’s next for this big dreamer? Whatever it is, we can count on Christian to bring his A game and the same laser-focus that got him where he is today.

Christian Yelich at his high school baseball field reminiscing on his journey to becoming one of the top baseball players in the professional league

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