July 13, 2008
by Chris House
What’s up Yellow Jacket Nation!
I’m currently in Duluth, Minnesota playing for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League with fellow Yellow Jacket Thomas Nichols. The best part about summer baseball, in my opinion, is that it’s a nice break from the grind of Georgia Tech academics.
Each day is eerily similar. I wake up around 11 a.m. and either head to the local 24-Hour Fitness or run a few errands around Duluth. After that, I will usually head to Quiznos or Subway for their five dollar subs of the day – I AM still a college student after all, so I’m game for any deal! Following my late lunch, it’s usually time to go historic Wade Stadium, home of the Huskies.
At the stadium we do our usual routine of stretching and batting practice but then we actually leave the stadium for a pre-game meal, heading to Arby’s to pick up one of the combos. Trust me, Arby’s every day gets old fast!! I probably won’t be going to the Arby’s in Tech Square any time soon.
Unlike some of the other summer leagues across the country, we take overnight trips anywhere from two to six days at a time and travel several hours for away games. (This blog was written in Mankato, Minnesota – only a four hour drive from Duluth.) Our longest road trip is just a few days away. We will begin by traveling six hours to Waterloo, Iowa for a two game set. Waterloo is just minutes away from the home of my Yellow Jacket teammate Zach Von Tersch (unfortunately he won’t be there though – he’s playing in the Cape for the summer). After Waterloo, we head to Battle Creek, Michigan for another two game series. The kicker is the ride back to Duluth from Michigan – nothing less than twelve hours. It’s funny though – although it may be long, I still enjoy it. We have a good time on the bus trips!
On the few off days we get, I head straight to the Nemadji Golf Course (Tony Plagman, Zach Von Tersch and Jason Haniger can attest to that – they’ve all spent many hours at this course in their time playing in the Northwoods League). With all the time that I’ve gotten to spend there this summer, I figure if the Georgia Tech Golf Team needs an extra player next year, they won’t have to look very far…I’ll be at the Rusty C!
In closing, I’m looking forward to returning to Atlanta for the 2008-2009 school year and (of course) another trip to Omaha in 2009!
For Tech fans interested in following what Chris House 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.
-June 11- Read Zach Brewster’s BLOG FROM THE CAPE
-June 17- Read Derek Dietrich’s BLOG FROM TEAM USA
-June 25- Read Chase Burnette’s BLOG FROM THE CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE
-July 7- Read Deck McGuire’s BLOG FROM THE COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE