Kyle Brown is a senior outfielder at Le Moyne of
the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In helping the Dolphins to last year’s
NCAA Regionals in Wilson, N.C., Brown batted .338 with four homers, 24 RBI and
swiped 25 bases in 27 attempts. Brown, from Schenectady, N.Y., was ranked 48th
in Baseball America’s pro prospect list for the senior class. He is a sociology
major and will provide insight from the Le Moyne program throughout the year.
Feb. 26, 2004
A Day in the Life: Lots to Do
Before Hitting the Road
When I start packing, the most important thing
is my baseball equipment. That means a pair of practice pants, socks, sliding
shorts, glove, bat, and the one necessity is your baseball hat. We have our
practice hat and our game hat. If one does forget the game hat, the practice hat
could be used.
We have new bags this year. We’re sponsored by
Wilson this year, which gave us a brand new bat bag, our own personal bag and
batting gloves. From years in the past, we’ve had a bat bag that one of our
freshmen would have to carry off the bus to the playing field.
I’ll also pack a couple of pairs of jeans, some
long- and short-sleeve T-shirts. The weather can be unpredictable in North
Carolina on our break.
And tomorrow, I have many things to do that I
was unable to accomplish today.
The alarm goes off at 8:35 a.m.…This is the day
we leave for North Carolina. I have been waiting for this day to come since the
last game I played in over the summer. But before I can get on our bus and head
south, I have many things I have to do today.
The reason I had to wake up so early was to
finish my education poster on a book we read called “Faking It.” In my opinion,
my poster came out really good. Then, after doing all the coloring and laying
out my last details, I was off to do my laundry that I neglected the night
This is when I wish I was still at home and I
could do some other stuff while my clothes were being washed by my mom or dad.
But as many of us know, that is not the way it goes in college or in the “real
world.” So I threw my clothes in the wash.
Then, it was a sprint to the cafeteria, where it
had my favorite meal - seafood salad. I wish I had more time to eat because I
love getting a second or a third helping. But that was not the case this day.
One quick helping and I was off to the library to get some journal entries, so I
read them and chose one to do a two- to three-page review of for my education
So there I was in the library, just staring at
the printer almost about to yell at it because it’s taking so long to print.
Finally, it’s done. I quickly log of the Le Moyne computer and dash out the door
to find my car, which was by the cafeteria. Now I say to myself: it’s off to do
some studying for my gender and society mid-term. Back at my apartment, which is
part of the Le Moyne campus, I sit down and start studying.
But then I think that I have to change my wash
into the dryer so when I get out of class, I don’t have to do it before
practice. MAN it’s a busy day! But there I was again, just looking over my
notes. Now, it’s off to take my test.
Well, the test was hard! But I thought I did
pretty good on it for the most part. Was I fully focused on my test when doing
it? NO! But how many times do you leave to go down south to play baseball for
the first time of the year? Especially when it’s your senior year.
Our bus leaves at 7 p.m. I’ll be there at 6:15
to ensure my senior spot in the back of the bus. I’ll set up my body pillow with
my blanket and get real comfortable to endure that 12-hour trip.
We’ll arrive at our hotel between 8 and 9 a.m.,
after three to four stops along the way. They’ll switch bus drivers after a few
hours, and we’ll eat a few times. Otherwise, I’ll try to sleep while movies and
music are played.
The guys are saying there was some snow forecast
for the upcoming days. But no matter what, we’ll be ready to play…. even if
there are flurries come daytime. How bad can it be down there? They haven’t seen
the winter weather that we had in their lives most likely.
I expect next week to be filled with many
memories that my team and I will experience in my last spring break trip.
After 153 Inches of Snow, It's Time for Baseball (2/23/04)
(photo courtesy of Le Moyne Media Relations Office)