[quote=“Dino”]A few questions :
How are you paying for food and housing for the summer internship?
With only three seniors on the team this year and minimal playing time, do you feel you will roster next year?
Looking back, would you have been more satisfied had you attended a school where you could have started or been a frequent reliever?[/quote]
First of all thanks for the awesome support you guys have given me on here. This is certainly not the end and is only a minor obstacle in my career and development!
I do plan on returning to Maryland in the fall, and yes I will be on the roster for sure. I wish I had been in a situation where I could attend a school that guaranteed more playing time, but only being lightly recruited out of high school this was my best bet and I don’t regret the decision. My only regret is not redshirting either of the last two years.
I don’t quite know what to expect for next year, but I’m going to do my best and do what it takes to continue improving. It can be a difficult environment to be in sometimes (discouraged from long tossing, berated if a ball hits the ground during catch play, told that velocity training is useless, etc.) but that’s not going to stop me from getting better.
I’m going to be living with a host family this summer and making money working a camp that Dan runs as well (Summer Smoke). Having known Dan for several years I’m really excited to get to work and train with him and I’ll keep you guys posted on how everything goes.
@2lefties: that’s all too common. If there is nothing heavily invested in the player (like a hefty scholarship) then it can be an even more difficult situation if you don’t perform right away…the same holds true in pro ball from everything I’ve heard
@munster: thats great! I’m living with the Bronke’s if you know them. Come check out some of our games this summer
@jd thank you, you’ve always supported me and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me
@Dino that’s a really good way of looking at it, and I’m grateful for your help and faith in me!
Now to lighten the mood, let’s all appreciate Fernando Rodney’s 100mph slide step…pure rotation!