Donovan, the first Westmont player to appear in the College World Series, was disappointed the Wolverines didn’t win the national championship, but perhaps not as much as Cocks.
“You feel for him because he came up just short,” Cocks said. “If Charlie was on that team, I have no doubt in my mind they would have won the national championship.
“You get two winners on your team; those brothers would have been fun to see. For Joe to be able to go do what his brother was going to do is special. We’re all proud of him in the Westmont community.”
Donovan is aiming to lead the Wolverines to the title next year and hopes to be drafted by a Major League team after the season. But his baseball exploits may end up being the least of his accomplishments. He is determined to continue Charlie’s legacy by giving his brother a voice.
“When Charlie was going through the tough times that he had, no one really knew about it, didn’t really talk about it,” Donovan said. “But it doesn’t have to be mental illness.
“It could be somebody being sick, so maybe take the time out of your day to ask someone you might not normally talk to on a daily basis, make a point to ask that person how they’re doing, whether something is wrong or not.
“I’m going to try to do a better job of that. Sometimes getting asked about that is the greatest feeling ever.”