The first week is in the books of my second spring training of the season. Playing “indy” ball can be a wake up call to many who are not familiar with the random chaos that goes on. Our team changed ownership about three weeks ago and we hired a new manager and staff at that time as well. These guys have been trying to put together a competitive team in a very short time. They actually have been sleeping in the locker room. This past week we had our evaluation/tryout week. Because our field was not ready to be played on we ventured all over the Dallas metroplex area and worked out at random high schools and universities. This is just one of the small quirks of indy ball; never knowing where practice that day may be.
Some players definitely take this game for granted sometimes. While doing the bucket the other day in Fort Worth I had to bring the bucket in every two batters because they did not supply us with enough balls. It felt like I was getting my conditioning in by running it in from the outfield every five minutes. I thought baseballs were like bouillons of gold in the DR and Mexico, but they are just as rare in indy ball. The umpires in the league are fair. Most if not all of them are fresh out the Wendelstedt umpiring school and are under 25 years old. We only have a two man crew at the games, so check swings and close plays can get a little tricky for them.
Random side notes: Our bus/van broke down twice on the way to Fort Worth. Our clubee left us only to have the manager and coaches doing the laundry till the wee hours of the night. They actually had rookies doing it the other day though. You have to pay your dues in this game somehow. Speaking of clubhouse dues, dues in indy ball are $2 a day. In AAA they are $12 a day. Today I witnessed players wrapping each others arms with ice and manning the stem machine, because there wasn’t a trainer in today. There is always something to talk about from our days at the park.
We open up at home on Thursday against the Gary Railcats. Greg Smith is on the bump for opening night and I’ll be throwing Friday. Thanks for reading and all the support. Please comment and share with your friends.