This last week has been pretty trying for the Rhode Island baseball team as temperatures outside have topped out around 20 degrees, accompanied by three inches of snow and only more to come. Let me tell you this: There is nothing glamorous about attempting to field ground balls on the “rich mahogany” of East Gym.
What it comes down to, though, is how bad you want it. How each and every member of our team is going to get up for practicing inside everyday. One thing is for sure, its not easy – and it is making three short weeks until opening day at Florida State seem a lot longer.
That being said, there are no excuses for not being ready come February 15th. Whether you are taking BP in the 75 degree sunshine, or getting eaten up by short hops on the hardwood, the season is going to begin in no time. I can see the excitement in my teammates’ eyes with every passing moment, meaning we are getting closer and closer to the start of our journey. For the seniors, its our last chance to win a Championship, to go out the way every player wants to. And for the newcomers, its time to start one of the best experiences and opportunities that life has to offer.
There is something about being a part of a team that really brings people together and creates lifelong friendships. The beauty of a team is that each one is different. Each team will have its ups and downs, building memories along the way. I cannot wait to build new memories with this team. In my mind, its a special group of guys with a lot of potential. The only thing left to do is get out there and prove it.
Until Next Time,
Mike Le Bel