BRANDON — Best Father’s Day present ever.
“No doubt about it,” Alonso High baseball coach Landy Faedo said moments after his son, Alex, was presented Saturday night with the Tony Saladino Award, given each year for the past 44 years to Hillsborough County’s top prep baseball player. “It will never get better than this.”
Alex Faedo, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who has signed with the University of Florida, said he had an idea he might win after his dad said last week, “Don’t make any plans for next Saturday because I’ve made dinner reservations for the family.”
Alex Faedo, after all, had been to three Saladino Award presentations in the past eight years when Alonso players were given the award.
“I can’t lie, I thought this might happen when we started driving (toward Brandon),” he said. “I know how this goes.”
Faedo earned the award after going 6-2 with a 0.58 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 48 innings. He also hit .282 with 15 RBIs.
Dad said he was proud for many reasons.
“Alex has made great strides the last couple of years in his game,” Landy Faedo said. “But he’s so much more than a great baseball player. He’s an A-1 person. He cares about everyone around him. He’s compassionate. He cares. ... I couldn’t possibly be more proud.”
Alex also is the second in his family to win the award. Second cousin Lenny Faedo, who played for Jefferson, won in 1978.