TROY, N.Y. – The Tri-City ValleyCats held a media day Wednesday to introduce many of the new players on the team.
Working together as a team is a top priority for the Cats if they want to achieve the same success they did last year. Only a handful of guys from that championship team returned this season, but they are still thinking about a repeat.
“It changes the expectations a little bit, but now instead of just trying to win a championship, we expect to win a championship,” pitcher Tony Scribner said.
That accomplishment is something the new ValleyCats understand takes talent but also team chemistry.
“I think that’s why we were so good last year,” pitcher Chris Munnelly said. “We had some clowns on the team that kept the mood light when things had a lot of pressure.”
Keeping the mood light will be key because this season will be the first action as a professional ball player for many of the guys on the team.
“They’re going to get here and be thrown right into the fire,” pitcher Blaine Sims said.
“I think the biggest thing is to just relax and just play. It’s just baseball,” third baseman Adam Nelubowich said. “At the end of the day, a lot of these guys are college guys and college baseball is high pressure kind of just like pro baseball, so they’re used to it.”
Manager Ed Romero admits the first couple games will be a feeling out process but a number of players simply haven’t arrived, yet. But when they do, they will have to be ready for the season opener at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Bruno Stadium.