July 7, 2008
Various members of the 2008 Georgia Tech baseball team are participating in summer ball in the Cape Cod, Northwoods, Coastal Plain and Cal Ripken Leagues while others have already signed pro baseball contracts. Every week throughout the summer a different Yellow Jacket will blog about their experience. This week’s blog is by rising sophomore RHP Deck McGuire.
Hey Tech Fans,
While I am sure that all of my teammates are having a great summer in their various places of play, I think I’m having the most fun close to home with the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plains League.
I am getting some of the same tastes of pro-ball that Dunc (David Duncan) and Charlie (Blackmon) are having now because we play the same three teams FOURTEEN times this summer, while a small collection of other teams round out our schedule. Why do we play the same teams so often you may ask? It is because the league is made up of three divisions and each division has four or five teams.
The difference (between pro ball and our summer league) is that we don’t play three games series – we will go on the road for the game, get back at midnight or later and then do it all again tomorrow! Although it is very tiring, I have been having so much fun over the first half of our season. At the halfway mark the Pilots finished tied for second in our division at 14-14. If we win the second half we still have a great chance at the playoffs.
I have been fortunate to meet many new people from all over the country playing with the Pilots. We have three guys from Kent State, three from New York, three from Coastal Carolina, and two from New Jersey while most of the others are from schools in Virginia. The interesting thing is that I have learned something new from just about everyone on the team, whether baseball related or not. I am sure that I will stay in touch with most of these guys for many years to come.
While I am so excited to get back to campus in August, I’m not wishing away my summer of good wood bat baseball and cheap green-fees at the Hampton’s Golf Course just yet. The summer will be over soon enough though, so after that I’ll look forward to seeing everyone one in August at the Rusty C.
Thanks for checking in and I hope everyone had a great fourth of July!
For Tech fans interested in following what Deck McGuire and the rest of our players are doing this summer, check out the Summer Baseball Tab on the sidebar of the Georgia Tech baseball page, where updates are posted every morning on current members of the Georgia Tech baseball team. Tech fans can also follow what former Yellow Jackets are up to by clicking on the Alumni In the Pros Tab on the main page of Ramblinwreck.com. Daily updates are posted of all former Yellow Jackets playing professional baseball – both in the major and minor leagues.