Ahead in the Count

Spring. Finally.

It’s been a long winter.  With the arrival of spring training, decent weather here in DC (until Friday at least)March Madness, the World Baseball Classic, and collegiate baseball – we can finally leave behind a winter of news about contract disputes and performance-enhancing drugs.  During this time of year, most of us find ourselves looking forward to what’s on the horizon for the coming spring and summer.  To indulge my own exuberance at the beginning of the college baseball season, I decided to follow my Alma Mater down to Atlanta, Georgia, where the Haverford played the Emory University Eagles in their season opener.  Not only was I treated to one of the best college baseball games I’ve ever seen, I was not-so-subtly reminded of why we do what we do.

The weather was perfect; the grass was short; the facility at Emory was beautiful; and Emory beat Haverford 3-2… in sixteen innings.  This four-hour plus affair featured numerous close calls, tag plays at home plate and great defense (only two total errors by both teams) by two well-coached Division III teams getting after it.  Needless to say, all of the 100 or so folks in attendance left the field with a feeling that they had watched a great game and that both teams have reasons to feel good about the coming season.  For me, however, I was able to take a lot of pride in fact that nearly forty percent of the players in uniform had once attended Headfirst Honor Roll Camp.

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Headfirst Honor Roll Camp is a national baseball showcase for true “student-athletes.”  At Honor Roll Camp, we as a staff have one mission: providing a forum for highly motivated student-athletes and college coaches to interact and get to know one another as players and coaches.  To their credit, the coaches from Emory and Haverford (among many others) have been part of a nucleus that regularly attend Honor Roll Camp – a fact reflected by their rosters.  For me, it was exciting to see so many familiar faces living their dream of playing college ball at great schools. 

After the game, I had the opportunity to catch up with some former Headfirst Gamers and spoke briefly with the coaches from both teams.  After congratulating everyone on a great game, I told coaches from both staffs that we were looking forward to seeing them in June at this year’s first Honor Roll Camp in Dallas, Texas.  Walking off the field, I knew that spring was finally here – with summer and Honor Roll Camps soon to follow, where I hope to see each of this blog’s co-authors at one of the 2009 Honor Roll Camps (Springer?  Flikke?).  More than anything else about the coming summer, I look forward to being back on the field with hundreds of players who are intent on making the most of the vast opportunities in front of them. 

March 11, 2009 - Posted by | On the Field, written by John Bramlette

1 Comment »

  1. This is what it’s all about! I had the good fortune of watching Notre Dame, Gonzaga and U of Dayton play on a JC field in Phoenix. Up front and very personal. Play ball!

    Comment by Dave Daniels | March 12, 2009


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