The drive to Summer Ball was always an odd one. The college season, which was so intense just ended and there is a short window for reflection; pretty much the ride to your summer ball team.
I was always excited to have a full summer of baseball (and no school), but also a sadness that after being with my college teammates for so long, I would now be forced to play with a whole new set of guys.
Every summer though turned out to be a major success. I could play more freely and openly, work on some new things, have fun, and meet new teammates. At the end of every summer I would then be as sad heading back to school, now leaving a new set of friends.
Author of "Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to Baseball, School and Life as a Division I College Athlete" (Second Edition)