Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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you or think you can [accomplish your dream], then just try to out-work them or prove them wrong." A P P R E C I A T I N G A C O M M U N I T Y As he grew up playing baseball in Vestavia Hills, Stevens was aware of the city's legendary success in his chosen sport. Again, Stevens accepted the challenge to maintain his high school's reputation. "Playing baseball at Vestavia Hills comes with some pressure because the city is just known for good baseball," he says. "On our team, we really wanted to bring that back. We had a great time and a great run my senior year." When he arrived at Huntingdon in Fall 2017, Stevens joined a former high school teammate, Chris Fisher, who was a sophomore on the baseball team. The two will welcome another VHHS teammate, Andrew Knight, who will arrive as a freshman in Fall 2018. Stevens enjoys continuing to play his sport with these connections to the hometown he loves. "Vestavia Hills is a great place to live and to grow up," he says. "I loved every minute of growing up there and going to school there." F A C I N G C H A L L E N G E S Calm and composed, just like a successful pitcher should be, Stevens has always approached his arm thoughtfully and matter-of-factly, simply taking time to devise a workaround when one more arm could have been helpful. As a child, he figured out a way to tie his shoes and to play guitar, his mother says. And he also figured out a way to play baseball—and play well. "When I was little, I just wanted to play, to be able to compete like everyone else," Stevens says. "It took some trial and error; I had to figure out how I could throw and hit, but once I figured it out, I just kept working at it." For years, Stevens' father, Ralph Stevens, says he watched other young boys watching Josh at bat. "After he would hit the ball, their parents would say to them, 'Now see, if he can do it, you can do it,'" Ralph Stevens says. For Josh Stevens, overcoming difficult obstacles to accomplish a lofty goal is just a matter of working hard and listening to the right voices. "Keep going no matter what people might say," he says. "There are going to be people who support you and then there will be some who don't. So, if you can just tune out the people that don't support 2 0 1 8 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 59

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