Tragic loss of one of our former BYBA players…Thoughts and prayers to the Baylock family.
“As youth coaches, it is us who are supposed to make indelible, life-long impressions on the players we coach, but in some rare instances, the reverse happens. During my first season as a coach in BYBA, I had the absolute pleasure of coaching Nick alongside his dad, Joe (and Cathy who knew more than all of us) – what a great family. I still remember Nick’s innocent smile, curious and precocious mind, and rocket left arm on the mound. As the bench coach on the team, I would talk to the players while they were in the on deck circle waiting for their at-bat, and I have very vivid memories of light-hearted conversations with Nick where he would school me on game situations or the latest baseball stats, or the best up and coming rookie ball players in the majors (mostly Giants players…) – always talking with a twinkle in his eye and glee in his heart. While Nick was a very strong and accomplished baseball player and athlete, it was clear at an early age that his talents in life were going to make a bigger impression on this world outside of the foul lines. Nick obviously left this world too soon, but he still did an amazing job making his time here count. He will be missed, but never forgotten.”
Derek Johnson- BYBA Coach/Board Member
BYBA Donations can be made below:
Burlingame Youth Baseball Association (Checks only)
P.O. Box 1633 Burlingame, California 94010
Foundation of America
Sarcoma Foundation of America
July 7, 1993 – March 28, 2017
Nick passed away on Tuesday March 28th after a long, tough battle with sarcoma. His life was cut too short at just 23 years old but he loved every moment of it. When asked how he wanted to be remembered he said, “A man filled with life and love. A sports database, loving husband, and devoted son. Enjoyed every minute of life”. Nick was always up for a challenge whether it be an eating contest, a sports trivia question or his battle against cancer. He never gave up and never stopped living.
Nick was the biggest Warriors and Giants fan, watching every game religiously even if he had to yell at the television a little bit to help coach them. He graduated from Burlingame High School where he was a three-sport Panther athlete and a member of the 2010 CCS championship baseball team. Nick worked at Sam’s Sandwiches in downtown Burlingame where he loved eating their delicious sandwiches and, of course, working a little bit too. After graduating from the University of San Diego in 2015, Nick worked in sales at Nutanix in San Jose; which was his dream job at a Silicon Valley start-up that went public while he was battling cancer. He was frequently a top salesman driven by competition and he often set the record for number of phone calls made just because he could.
He met the love of his life, Natalie, three years ago and they shared the most amazing memories together and married in December. He never came close to beating her on the golf course, but it was one of the rare competitions where he didn’t mind. During the six month battle she never left his side, staying every night alongside him to be his personal nurse and cheerleader. Nick passed away at Stanford Medical Center with his family by his side and his chin held high. He is survived by his loving wife, Natalie, his parents Joe and Cathy Baylock of Burlingame, brother, A.J. of San Bruno, grandmothers Mary Thompson and Rosina Baylock, uncles, cousins and beloved in-laws and friends Bob, Patti and Sabrina Bodnar of Pleasanton.
A memorial service will be held at 12pm on Saturday April 8th at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave. Burlingame, CA 94010. There will be a celebration of life to follow at the parish center from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America (curesarcoma.org) or the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association, P.O. Box 1633 Burlingame, California 94010 in memory of Nicholas Baylock. Nick will be missed but never forgotten.
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