July 5, 2008
As a kid growing up I played a lot of organized baseball. That may be the understatement of the year as I was constantly on one team or another playing ball. Like most places we had a tryout where all the kids would go through various drills of hitting, throwing, and fielding. On the sidelines would be all of the coaches from the league. They each had a clipboard where they marked and evaluated each kid’s skills. Once the tryout was over the coaches would congregate and assess their team’s needs. From there they would hold a draft and select players. Not everyone who tried out made the team. That was just a given. If you were fortunate enough to make the team you received a phone call from the coach and given instructions of when practice would be and what you needed to bring.