EST. 1989 . . . Our Bandit Baseball Mission: Growing Great Men, One Boy at a Time . . . Our Bandit Website has Over 1.851 Million Views in 16 Years - Awesome, We Thank You for Your Continued Support . . . Bandit Core Values: My Faith, My Family, My Team, Myself . . . Bandit Core Priorities: Family First, Strength in Faith, Strength of Character, Academics, Attitude, Ability . . . IRON SHARPENS IRON: "Sometimes the Strongest Emotion is Silence" . . . Our Bandit Family Wishes You and Your Family Abundant Blessings, Great Health and a Happy and Safe Tuesday November 28, 2023 . . . This is a Time for Inspiration not a Time for Desperation - Be a Leader as We Adjust to our “New Reality” . . . Our Home Page Picture is of our 2-Sport High School All District Selection & Bandit 1998 & 2000 National Finalist Adam Lopez pictured first row far right celebrating a Bandit National Regional Championship with his teammates in Tucson Arizona  . . . In 1992, Coach Mike coined the phrase “It’s a Great Day to be a Bandit” and it remains True Today: Happy Birthday To College Player, High School All City and All District Selection and our "Original Bandit" Champ Hernandez Who Turns 43 on Thursday November 30 . . . Happy Birthday To 2-Sport High School All District Selection & Bandit 1998 & 2000 National Finalist Adam Lopez Who Turns 37 on Thursday November 30 . . . Happy Birthday To Bandit Nathan Volpi Who Turns 32 on Thursday November 30 . . . Happy Birthday To "Grandpa Bandit" Hernandez Who Celebrates Thursday November 30 from his Skybox in Heaven . . . Happy Birthday To Bandit Mom Mandy Franco Who Celebrates Wednesday November 29 . . . Happy Birthday To 2002 National Finalist Bandit Mom Bridgett Bumpas Who Celebrates Tuesday November 28 . . . "THE HEART OF A CHAMPION is always beating but it always remembers to beat AS ONE". . . We Pray that our Roots helped you find your Wings - - "that God will Fill your Heart with Dreams and that Faith gives you the Courage to Dare to do Great Things". . . As your lives continue so does our journey "It's a Great Day to be a Bandit"!

Grandpa Bandit Joined Heaven’s Line-Up; April 25, 2009

Two years ago today, “Grandpa” Bandit Larry Hernandez Sr. also known as the “A Team” and “Popper” joined our Lord’s loving arms and care in Heaven Saturday April 25. He passed away at 8:45 AM. He had been diagnosed with terminal renal kidney failure in 2002. He went through dialysis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in sessions that required he be picked up at his house at 4:15 AM and would last until 8:45 AM. “Popper” began his baseball spectator days in 1963 watching his Sons play. He then continued his supportive parental role watching his Sons coach first at Ponder Park in 1971 and then at Grandview beginning in 1978 and he was a staunch Bandit Fan and supporter from day one in 1989 traveling to tournaments first for his Grandson Champ and all the way through 2006 well after Champ had completed playing. He would drive or fly to out of town tournaments in Arizona, New Mexico and throughout Texas. He often sat alone in his lawn chair enjoying players share this part of their life journey. He was a quiet controlled man who waited to be spoken to rather than impose on others.

He joined his daughter Corina who passed away on April 6, 2007 in the “Angels” line-up. “Well done Popper, you definitely did it your way and made us as Proud of You as You were of us”. He spent his final 5 days at home cared for by Hospice and leaves behind a legacy of enduring mentorship for his wife Catalina, both of his Sons Jerry and Larry, his Grandson Champ and his Grandaughter Victoria.

Thank You so Much for Your Prayers for Our Family and Your Support, May God continue to Bless You and Yours!
I want to extend a Special Thank You to all our Hirby and Bandit players and Family members who came and spent time with our Family. We are most appreciative and Blessed in knowing You. My Mom struggled with the reality this moment brought in losing her husband of 55 years and joined Dad seven months later in our Lord’s Kingdom on November 23, 2009.