While their last "at-bats" this year in Alabama colors may have taken place in Athens, Ga, against the Georgia Bulldogs, for those coming back for the 2020 season, the work was just getting underway!
This summer, in an effort to prepare themselves for a season of baseball that appears to be so far away, Tide players will dot the landscape of our beautiful country from the serenity of New England's Cape to the rugged shoreline of Alaska!
Over the summer, they will live with host families, try new foods, see new places, but most of every waking minute will be spent on baseball.
Some of them will become local heroes!
While attending a Brewster Whitecaps game with the Yarmouth-Dennis Sox at Stony Brook Elementary's field, I had the opportunity to visit with Chris Kenney, the President of the club who has been hosting Alabama players for years!
"How is Mikey White? Kyle Overstreet? What is Kyle Cameron up to? Have you heard from Chandler Taylor? Where is Avant playing?" These fans remember their players. And so they should. Twenty-nine former Brewster Whitecaps were drafted in this year's Major League draft!
The opportunity to play baseball without having to go to class every day sounds like a pretty cool gig! But even a dream like that comes with its' downside. When asked about the toughest part of playing in New England for the summer, pitcher Connor Shamblin replied, "Coach, I'm really missing having a nice big glass of sweet tea!"
The sweet tea awaits, but for now, these players are focused on a season whose schedule has not even been confirmed. Some will arrive back on campus the day before classes start.
Not all of our guys will become the newest legends of the locals, but from what I observed, all of them will have insured that there are new Crimson Tide baseball fans in another part of the country!