From Cardinals’ Camp in Florida

4 Apr

My young baseball buddies Jeffrey and Eric Walk have written their impressions of their first Spring Training in Florida following the St. Louis Cardinals.

In this post, Jeffrey Walk, who turns 13 this month, describes what can’t be seen from the stands during the regular season.

This spring I went to my first ever spring training in Jupiter. What I saw was beautiful. Hundreds of players practiced on 6 fields and a stadium, working out the tiniest flaw in their form. They were all good ballplayers, and it is often difficult to tell which ones are great. It is always in the tiny details.

I saw players that I have never seen or heard of before, and I saw that they were very close in skill level to many of the major leaguers I know so well.

Among those players was Blake McKnight, a pitcher in A ball. His mechanics were almost identical to many in the majors, with a nasty breaking ball to complement, but it was those tiny details that set him apart. I give him my best wishes for a fast flight to the top.

I saw two games in Roger Dean stadium, but I can honestly say that I learned more from the minor league scrimmage type game. It was easier to see what errors were made, in the field or in their swing. I hope that I can say that my skills were improved from what I saw in Jupiter.

I am extremely happy that I was able to watch the players train this year. What I saw I will remember for the rest of my life, whether it takes me to a career in baseball or a desk job elsewhere. This was an amazing couple of days.

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