Dan Camano is a senior catcher from Wall, N.J. He is a Business
Administration major with a minor in English. Camano has been named to the
Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. He will give insight on the Rams' program
under first-year head coach Kevin Leighton.
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Feb. 17, 2012
What Happens on the First Road
matter what that corporate sellout groundhog from Pennsylvania has to say,
springtime is finally upon those of us involved with college baseball. Since the
first team meeting of the year, every single day has been building up to the
time the bus will pull out of campus and depart for the first weekend series of
This year, the rest of the Fordham Rams and I have been blessed
with the opportunity to spend upwards of twelve hours together on the first trip
of the year down to Western Carolina University.
Don’t get me wrong, spending time with teammates on the bus is
the best thing in the world and we have been looking forward to it all year. But
one can only watch so many movies, play so many card games, listen to so many
songs, and eat so much candy before he starts to forget why he is on the bus in
the first place.
It is a sort of Catch-22 situation, a real brain buster; for the
past few months I have exclaimed daily, “I cannot wait to get on the bus”, which
of course is a true statement. Unfortunately, I know once I am on the bus for
about seven hours my body will be struggling to find a comfortable position, my
stomach will be trying to manage the ten to fifteen different things I have
eaten and drank, and my mind will be spinning in circles, incessantly looking at
my phone to check the time.
No matter what, the first bus trip is looming and along with it
come some stresses and some responsibilities. Freshmen ask a lot of questions
leading up to the trip, but to be honest, it seems to be older guys that make
the mistakes out of absentmindedness and excitement. For everyone’s sake,
including those who have not had the opportunity to travel on a college baseball
road trip, I have but ONE piece of vital information to save yourself from
Pack, and then take it all out and do it again.
Honestly, no matter how prepared I know I am before the road
trip, there is one thing that happens every time no matter where we are going.
The second the door closes and the bus begins its slow saunter out of the campus
gates, a pit begins to form in my stomach. The pit in the stomach is inevitable,
and it is made of the thoughts of everything I do not remember packing – usually
it is pure anxiety and I have over-packed (a problem, but a much lesser
problem). This pit gets bigger and bigger with every foot the bus pulls away
from campus, eventually getting to the point of no return. The point of no
return is when you make sure you at least have your hat, uniforms, spikes,
glove, and whatever else you need to play. At least you can be on the field –
the reason you are going in the first place.
So above all, avoid the method that some people use to pack that
I like to call the “two-armed swipe.” This classic move begins with the player
rushing to the locker room at the last minute and placing his open travel bag at
the foot of his locker. The second and culminating move of the “two-armed swipe”
is just that – a two-armed swipe corralling everything in the locker from
equipment to spikes to clothes to gloves. Don’t pull the “two-armed swipe,” save
yourself and pack the night before.
By the time this is published, we will most likely have completed
our first series of the year. Sure, there will be things forgotten in the Bronx,
like computers and homework and phone chargers, but there is one thing that will
not be left at home: our willingness to fight for a win every single time we
step on the field. Our new head coach Kevin Leighton has motivated us to work
hard both on and off the field, to do something every single day, and we are
more than excited to put what he has taught us to work. The best way to get
ready for the first game of the year is to spend time with your team and get
ready to play a focused, but relaxed series of baseball. What can be more
relaxing than a bus ride full of fun?
(photos courtesy of Fordham Media Relations Office)