Ty Pryor is a junior pitcher at North Florida. He was 5-4 as a freshman at USF in 2005. Pryor was 1-1 as a sophomore at Tennessee in 2006 with 52 strikeouts in 38 innings. He sat out last season and served as a radio color analyst for UNF home games. Pryor was taken by the Indians in the 26th round of the 2006 draft and by the Angels in the 28th round of the 2007 draft. His brother, Tucker, is also an Osprey.



April 14, 2008
Salute to the Military


A lot of times during the season we tend to take our sport too seriously, to put the game above all other things we do. We forget the fact that we play a child’s game at a high level and tend to overlook the things that really matter in the world.


Sometimes we don’t keep in touch with our family as much as we should, sometimes we take school for granted and sometimes something or someone comes along and puts everything back into perspective. An event like that occurred recently to my teammates and I this past week. The United States Military All-Stars spent a week in Jacksonville practicing and eventually, it culminated in an exhibition game this past Thursday night.


Spending time with each individual on the team over the week really reasserted my support for the men and women who put on a different uniform and defend my right to live in the freest country on Earth and play a game that millions of people across the nation would love to participate in.


These men on the Military All-Star team have signed themselves up for service, potentially placing them in harm’s way, yet still love the game of baseball enough to add it to the list of all their other duties and responsibilities. We all know that joining the team is not just like adding another lab to your class schedule. These guys put in the time and effort required to be competitive, not to mention the fact that they are in a state of constant travel and flux, as any could be called into active duty at any time.


People may also tend to forget that we are a country at war, and these men are the ones volunteering so you and I don’t have to. For that I am forever thankful, and if any of them are reading this, thank you guys for a great game and a fun week leading up to it (They know what I’m talking about).


In other baseball news, we just recorded our 20th win of the season yesterday, beating Mercer 9-8 to clinch the series 2-1. Any win on the road is a great win and we barely pulled it off. (At this point I would like to give a shout out to freshman infielder Sam Perry for getting a spot start at third and getting two hits, a stolen base and driving in the tying and go-ahead run in the top of the ninth in that rubber game). Hopefully I will be this excited to type my next blog because we have a literal murderer’s row approaching with the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 teams in the nation lurking on the horizon.


On a final note, God Bless America and look out for my new teammates serving over in Iraq and Afghanistan right now.


Ty Pryor