Benjamin graduate and Vanderbilt right fielder Isaiah Thomas ‘18 made a remarkable catch when a fly ball entered foul territory during Game 1 of the College World Series finals. Thomas slid to his knees, caught the ball, and fell onto his chest before his glasses flew off.
ESPN broadcaster Karl Ravech described the play as “the catch of the World Series.”
But before he was an all-star right fielder, Thomas ‘18 was a Benjamin senior and an intern in the School’s Business Office.
Thomas, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies his senior year, chose to attend Vanderbilt instead. He was named to USA Today’s All-Florida baseball team his senior year of high school and was named The Palm Beach Post’s Small Schools Co-Player of the Year that season.
Financial Aid Administrator Pam Didio remembers Thomas’s time as an intern fondly. In a letter to Thomas’s mother, Didio extolled Thomas's work ethic.
“I can not tell you what an amazing young man he is,” wrote Didio. “We absolutely loved having him here. He is so smart and picked up everything so quickly. He even brought us donuts on his last morning here. We already miss him.”
Didio was one of many Business Office employees who joked with Thomas that they needed an autograph before he took off for college - a signature that now certainly looks fortuitous to have collected!
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