Today was our second off day and we only have one more day off for the rest of the program. We are headed into the last full week of instruction and the intensity should be going up. There are only 8 more days we have on the field and in the cages. Up until now, the message given to all the students was that “so far,no one has lost a job,and no one has won a job.” I’m sure that is going to change over the next week and a half. They are hoping that the students start stepping up and win a job. I glad I don’t have that pressure, but even I’m seeing some students really starting to up their game.
Today brought some much needed rest for me and I’m sure everybody else. There are a few injured students that can’t even do their field reps, and of those, some can’t even do their cage reps. Looks like most if not all, have some sort of leg, knee, or foot problems. I feel badly for all those students and hopefully they will be back soon. After sleeping in and having a late breakfast, one of the students asked if I wanted to go out to the fields with some others and practice some moves. There was five of us and we went out for about an hour and a half and worked through some things that were a little unclear for us. I thought it was nice of them to ask me and we got some good practice in. The sun was shining and it was a nice day on the field today. Later in the afternoon Bill and I went over to the Indian River Mall to catch “American Sniper” a the theater. Good movie and I thought it was very well done. Indian River is a large mall, similar to what we have back home, so it was nice to get away for a while. I almost forgot where I was for a few hours.
That’s about it for today, but before I go, I want to send a shout out to my crew members. As I have mentioned before, they divide you up into groups of 7 or 8 students that make up your crew. You stay with this crew the entire time you are here. You do your cage work and field work as a crew every time. For the field work, one crew will be the plate umpires, and another will be the field umpires. You will do your reps, and then switch it up for another set of reps. When you are done, then another 2 crews will get there reps, and so on. You won’t always be paired up with the same crew as they like to mix it up. Some days it will be crews 1 and 2 doing there reps, other times it will be 3 and 6, or 9 and 12, and so forth. There are 12 crews and they are strictly divided alphabetically by last name. They took the first 7 or 8 students starting with A’s and went down the list. I just happened to be in a crew sandwiched between N and R. So it’s purely by chance who is in your crew. I just have to say that I am blessed to be in a crew with such a great group of guys. We all get along, help each other out, root for each other, and pick each other up when we stumble. They all work really hard, have good attitudes, and I’m hoping there are spots for all of them at the next level. We really epitomize the concept of a crew, and I couldn’t be more pleased.