For The Love Of The Game
By Kili Hood
It’s every kid with a glove’s dream…to make it to the big leagues. Most of the time, however, unless that kid catches the eye of a scout in high school or college, their dream of being drafted and playing pro ball goes unrealized. However, every now and then, talent goes undetected, and one of those kids gets a shot.
The Milwaukee Brewers gave some of those kids a shot this past week when the Sounds hosted open tryouts at Greer stadium. About 200 hopefuls, from as far away as Virginia, showed up and braved extreme heat and humidity to show their speed and throwing skills to the Brewer scouts.
Josh Brown, of Shelbyville, a 19 year-old sophomore pitcher at Columbia State Community College, came out to his first open tryouts to try to get noticed. “You’re just going out there with everybody else to show them what you’ve got,” Brown said, “The scouts have actually been really cool, really nice, not intimidating at all.”
Brown’s father, Roger, also braved the heat to watch his youngest son compete. “I’ve been coming to these for years, as my oldest son played ball (in college) as well,” Brown explained. “We don’t have unrealistic expectations, but you just never know. So you keep coming out, as long as they’ll have you, and as long as there’s still that love of the game.”
Both Roger and Josh Brown believe that their love of the game will never fade, no matter what happens with Josh’s career.
Getting back to the hometown team, the Sounds had an extended break from Music City as they finished an eight game road trip against the Oklahoma City and Memphis Redbirds, compiling only a 3-4 record, as more games (including a doubleheader in Oklahoma City) were rained out. The team then had a much needed few days off for the All Star Game, except of course, for Luis Cruz, who represented the Sounds in the mid-summer classic.
The guys returned to Greer Stadium for an eight game homestand, featuring four against the Omaha Royals and four against the Albuquerque Isotopes, including former Sounds outfielder Trent Oeltjen. The Sounds broke even on the homestand, finishing with a 4-4 record while battling brutal heat, keeping pace in the standings, holding steady in 2nd place behind the Iowa Cubs.
After a quick trip out west for a four game set against the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Sounds will return home for another eight game homestand against the Omaha Royals and the Round Rock Express. Upcoming promotions include Kraft Singles Ticket Night, Taco Bell Throwback Thursday, Fireworks, and a baseball card set giveaway.