Jerrod Farley is a junior outfielder at Norfolk State. In
2007, he led the Spartans with 49 games, 48 games started, 13 stolen bases and
15 stolen base attempts. A native of Chester, Va., Farley tied for second on the
team with four home runs. He batted .264 in MEAC play, starting all 17
conference games for NSU. Farley homered in the MEAC tourney opener against
February 19, 2008
the Offseason Work Pays Off
Having 12 new faces added
to your college baseball team’s roster, you would think that
there would be some personality clashes.
However, when you have 12
new guys coming in with the same interests and goals, somehow
everything tends to fall in place.
fall, during small group workouts, you could feel the adrenaline
pumping throughout the team. With every swing of the bat and
every throw made, you could tell that hard work was being put
During the first couple of
weeks of fall workouts, guys began to find their niche on the
team. Captains and upperclassman did their best to make the
newcomers feel welcome.
When we were not working
out, we hung out and did things together as a team to begin
building some team chemistry. It seemed as if even when we were
out having fun, something about the baseball team would be
mentioned – and that is good sign. When you have a group of guys
who are dedicated to the game, it makes everything easier while
you are on the field.
When it was raining and we
could not get on the field, the guys worked hard to get as much
done as they could inside to make themselves better. As soon as
February 1 came, guys were pumped to get out on the field as a
team for the first time. It was as if everyone was ready to see
what we looked like as a team. Guys were enthused and looked as
if we were already in midseason form.
With the season starting
this weekend, guys could not be more excited. We are ready to
see what our hard work during the fall has to offer for us as we
get the 2008 season under way.