Mission’s C.J. Pino heads to Skyline looking for a chance
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — For much of his life, C.J. Pino has been bullied for the way he speaks.
“A lot of people don’t understand the difficulty of having a stutter,” he said. “They laugh at you.”
Pino’s speech impediment is just one of myriad ailments he deals with as a consequence of being born 15 weeks premature. At just one pound, two ounces, Pino was given just a 30% chance of survival. When he’s on a baseball field, though, his speech impediment disappears, and he turns into one of the most dominant San Francisco prep baseball players in recent memory.
Pino has had gastrointestinal and aural issues, kidney problems, a sweating disorder, seizures, ADHD, recently-diagnosed asthma and the stutter.