Today is the Babe Ruth Calgary Jamboree Opening Tournament at Optimist Athletic Park. It is going to be a cold one, the expected high is around 8C. Not the perfect weather for baseball, that’s for sure.
I don’t think I’ve looked forward to my first game of the season this much since my first year coaching all star baseball way back in the 90’s with St. Catharines Minor Baseball.
Last year, this tournament was snowed out. This year, Mother Nature is partially cooperating.
Last year, I wasn’t excited about the beginning of the season. I wasn’t happy to be coaching again. I wasn’t sure why at the time. With a year to reflect, I think I know why.
Back in Ontario, I coached some higher level all star and elite clubs. We may not have achieved all of our goals, but we generally had pretty successful seasons. When I decided to coach with Babe Ruth, I think I had to get my head around the fact that this isn’t high performance baseball.
I’m ok with that. In fact, I am really enjoying it. As opposed to running a team one year and then the next year running a different team, I am now the club manager for two teams and I have to plans and draft players for multiple years. This adds something that I haven’t had before.
I have also taken a much more active role this year, a role I should have taken last year. I am 100% into it, as I should be, I do feel like I let the team down a bit last year. Not now, i am pumped for a great season of Rockies baseball. Let’s get ’em… 🙂