As baseball season quickly approaches one final time, I think it is good to look back on the things I have learned as a pitcher on the Bears baseball team. Three big takeaways come to mind when I think of the countless hours I have spent with this tight-knit group of guys, and it just may surprise you.
First of all, always come prepared with snacks. More specifically, bring snacks for the bullpen to enjoy. This duty usually falls on the freshmen pitchers on cold days out in the bullpen. Snacks include: Dots, Goldfish, chips and dip, and potentially pizza on a few occasions. The options are endless, but this always helps pass the time when the wind chill is well below freezing.
Second, your teammates are your boys. When I look at my class, we have not lost any recruited players due to one key factor: sticking together. We help each other stay out of trouble, and we develop bonds through trips like the one to Fort Myers Beach, Florida during spring break.
Third, you need to have thick skin in order to survive on a college baseball team. We roast each other on a constant basis, and the jokes toward each other are endless. At the end of the day, I will be a better officer from my experiences on this team. While we do enjoy giving each other a hard time, you will not find a closer group of guys on campus.
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