Monday, May 16, 2005

Morning Glory

GARY, Ind. - In just a few days the Northern League season will officially open and I've already had the pleasure of attending three exhibition games. It's interesting to watch all the new ballplayers who've come into the Northern League and incredible to see how the guys from last year have improved.

The dynamics in this game are always interesting to follow. My most interesting game this season has to be the 5am Saints game against Sioux Falls on mothers' day. Nothing like enjoying a fresh bowl of Lucky Charms from General Mills against a sunrise at a ballgame to make things interesting. Remember life is what you make of it, enjoy it and each precious sunrise and homerun at 5am.

After an 8 hour drive from Minnesota to Indiana on Sunday, today I found myself at the U.S. Steel Yard for a RailCats exhibition game against the Jackhammers. I think this is going to be an interesting season as there are new and old faces to enjoy in the Northern League and on the Gary SouthShore RailCats including Brandon O'Neal, Travis Kerber, Quinton Oldenburg, Derek Lopez, Anthony Iapoce, Curt Lee, Scott Samuels and last years catcher turned pitcher is back with gusto~ Dominic Woody. These guys have a love for this game and to win it you have to put your heart into it! I know they'll be out there giving their all this season as will all the other talented Northern League players.

Good luck everyone and again remember Mark Twain's advice when you are rooting for your favorite team this season, "It's not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog."