We have reached the half way mark of our season, and we are currently in a dead lock with Durham topping out of our division. We are in a very good position heading into the second half considering all the promotions and injuries that have taken place. Only four position players from our original roster remain since we broke camp back in April; Rojas, Christian, Hammock, and myself. It is a testimate to the type of ball players this organization has when our roster is continuously changing and we all still continue to adjust to one another without delay, remaining one of the top teams in the league thus far! We can attribute most of our success to our pitching staff, for they have been outstanding even with their varying personnel as well. These guys go out every night and throw strikes giving us a chance to win.
Like almost all of my fellow Tides, I took full advantage of the All-Star break and flew back home to California to spend some time with friends and family. It was a nice break, getting away from the field for a couple days to get some much needed rest and relaxation. The two highlights of being back in California. (Besides getting to see everyone) First were all of the home cooked meals which are few and far between for most ball players due to our long hours and late nights getting out of the field, and second was getting the opportunity to have lunch with Jon Wilhite. On Wednesday, I got to have lunch with Jon and some former college teammates of mine. It was a pretty entertaining meal, and through all of the tragedy that struck Jon and his family, Jon by no means lost his sense of humor. He was telling stories about the time he spent in the hospital and some of the details regarding the experiences he went through. As always, Jon had the entire table laughing and indulged in what he had to say. His optimism and positive outlook on life has only grown from the last conversation I had with him, he looks great and is continuing to get better every day. Keep it up Willis!
Although getting the opportunity to return home for a few days was enjoyable to say the least, it’s time to get back to work as we move forward into the second half of our season with a little more than a month and half left to play. Every game counts throughout the entire season, however, the second half is when it is really time to bear down and take advantage of every opportunity we are provided. This is especially important to remember since our schedule is heavy with games against teams in our division. Hopefully everyone can stay healthy and we can continue our success right throughout the remainder of our regular season.