This past weekend I made a trip up to central Florida to visit some friends and old teammates. I knew the Tigers had a camp day which usually entails an early morning workout (ie: PFP, BP, infield/outfield) and then an afternoon game. I found out at the last moment that they were just going to go straight into an inter-squad at 10am, so I shot up there real early. How early? I woke up at 4am and was out the door by 4:30.
Once arriving in Lakeland, I was a little skeptical to walk into the locker room. It wasn’t because I didn’t feel welcomed. I just didn’t want to bother the guys while they were at work. Luckily I got their early enough before their day started and ran into all my old teammates and coaches. Of course the first thing half of them say to me is “Hey Druck, what are you selling? Can you get me an Ipad?”. Most of my teammates remember me for being the wheeling and dealing guy. It was a treat to catch up with them, see how their off season went, and how camp is going for them now.
While at Tigers camp I got to see an Independent traveling all star team play against the Connecticut Tigers. The indy ball team included ex-Tigers Cesar Nicolas and David Espinosa. They also had Jon Hunton who lead the Venezuelan league in saves this past winter.
As I walked around the quad-plex of fields, I saw the young Venezuelan fireballer Bruce Rondon throw. Every reading on my radar gun kept going higher and higher with each pitch. 98, 99, 100, 101. This kid had some plus stuff which was very effortless.
I really want to thanks the entire Detroit Tigers staff for being so welcoming and allowing me to come back to and catch up with everyone. I had a great time and watched some good baseball. This is a very tough part of camp with coaches and coordinators having to make roster cuts. Best of luck to all my old teammates. One more week of Spring Training left. Stay healthy and make a team.
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