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THE 411: Goose Creek’s Cienfuegos is fire on the diamond

Cienfuegos is a Rice-commit

Goose Creek is home to one of the slickest shortstops in the state of Texas in Christian Cienfuegos. Some might say his game is fire.

His last name, “Cienfuegos”, which means 100 fires in Spanish is equally as hot at the plate.

On the eve of the 2019 season, VYPE headed east to get on the diamond with the Rice-signee to talk baseball.

VYPE: Who has been your biggest baseball influence?

Ceinfuegos: The first time I picked up a bat to play, I already knew I was going to love playing baseball. My parents have always been really supportive and encouraging when it came to me playing. They knew how much I loved it when they saw me sleeping with my bat and glove. When my little brother was born my perspective on life changed completely.

He motivated me to try even harder because he was born at only 24 weeks and had several surgeries before reaching the age of one. He was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This taught me to stay humble and appreciate what I have in life and to always work hard for what I want because you never know what is going to happen. Seeing how hard my brother works to get better really shows you that nothing is given to you. He is always smiling despite the challenges he faces and it made me realize that everything happens for a reason and we have to make the most of every situation. I’ve learned that everything in life is a part of God’s plan.

VYPE: What did you love about Rice made your college decision easy?

Ceinfuegos: First off, Rice University is close to home and I love the atmosphere and its beautiful campus. I also loved the great education they offer. Last, but not least, Rice has a great competitive baseball program that I could be a part of and further my baseball career.

VYPE: Where do you see yourself over the next five years?

Ceinfuegos: In the next five years, I hope to be playing Pro Ball. My back up plan would be to major in mechanical engineering at Rice University and to work at Exxon Mobil.

VYPE: What do you do outside of baseball?

Ceinfuegos: When I am not playing baseball, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I love being outdoors and I also like playing basketball. I recently started cutting hair and I really enjoy that. I started off cutting my brothers hair, and now all my friends and schoolmates ask me to cut theirs and I now have a passion for it.

VYPE: When did you know that baseball would be your path?

Ceinfuegos: My first “ah-hah” moment when I knew I was good at baseball was when I was playing my t-ball year and I was picked first overall. They put me as a pitcher because I was fast, and in the middle of the field I could get every ball possible. After that year, I was always picked first even when I used to play baseball with a tennis ball in the cul de sac with my neighbors. When I started select baseball, I always played up and I would standout even when I was amongst older kids. These were the key factors that made me realize I was going to be pretty good.

Courtesy Mike Malatesta, VYPE Houston Magazine

February 19, 2019