The Start of Summer

"Home of the Rockford Foresters"

A centerfield view of Marinelli Field in Rockford, IL.

Hello, first let me take a second to introduce myself. My name is Trey Nicosia and I am from State College, PA, and recently completed my freshman year at Wagner. I am a member of the Seahawks' Baseball team and will be playing in a collegiate wood bat summer league in Rockford (IL) over the next few months. Throughout the course of this blog I hope to share my experiences both on-and-off the field.

Memorial Day weekend is unofficially tabbed as the “Start Of Summer,” and that motto could not have described my weekend any better.  For me, my summer will mostly consist of baseball (and when I say baseball, I mean a lot of America's Pastime).  As a baseball player, it is the norm in the summer months to play games almost every day, whether they are during the day or at night or both with a doubleheader.  When I think of the summer, the first thing that pops into my head is baseball.

My summer was kicked off this past weekend with a 10 hour car ride. It started when I was picked up by my fellow Wagner Seahawk teammate and Staten Island native Anthony Battaglia.  It was tough saying goodbye to my loved ones for the summer, but it was nice being able to spend a few weeks with them after the spring semester concluded.  After being in the car for what seemed like an eternity, Anthony and I finally found ourselves gazing upon the miraculous Chicago skyline.  Driving throughout the Windy City gave us that extra boost to push on towards Mukwonago, WI, where we spent the night with another one of our Wagner teammates, Zack Yesko.  Once we arrived, we were graciously taken care of by Zack and his parents until we had to leave the next morning.  All that was left was a short drive to Beloit, Wisconsin to meet up with another Wagner teammate, Geno Larkin, before making the final leg of our drive to Rockford, Illinois.

My final stop on this car ride was at Marinelli Field, home of the Rockford Foresters for my first practice. It is also symbolic for the trip to end at Marinelli,  because it will be where I will be spending most of my summer while playing for the Foresters. This past holiday weekend really was the “start of summer” for me, because it is the start of my journey. However, when reflecting on the trip, the most important realization for me was the fact that this journey wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the friendships and relationships I have made at Wagner since stepping foot on Grymes Hill just under 10 months ago. I was able to forge bonds and make friendships that will last forever and this summer is a continuation and development of those relationships.  Without these special friendships, I would have never driven halfway across the country with a guy from Staten Island (Battaglia), to stay with a family in Wisconsin (Yesko), before getting the opportunity to play baseball with a guy from Minnesota (Larkin).  In just under a year, Wagner College has presented me with great opportunities to meet special people from all backgrounds, and has allowed me to make bonds that will last a lifetime.

If you would like any more information on our team click on the link below

http://rockfordforesters.com/

Author: kevin.ross

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