Editor’s Note: This is part of a summer series that will run every other Saturday in which Ottawa graduate Michael Hermosillo will give a first-person account of his journey in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization.
By Michael Hermosillo
TEMPE, Ariz. — I can’t explain the level of frustration that I feel after my latest setback.
After being injured in a game against La Salle-Peru during the final week of the high school regular season, I fully rehabbed my injured hamstring. I felt great and started to get back into the swing of things.
However, in my second game back, I hit a grounder in the hole between third and shortstop. I got out of the batters box strong, felt good running down the line and knew I was going to beat out the throw for an infield hit.
However, a step before the bag, I felt my left hamstring tighten up. It wasn’t the same pain I felt in my right leg against L-P, but I knew it still wasn’t good. As I walked back to the bag after beating out the grounder, I knew I was going to be back to rehab again.
I just stood their questioning why this was happening. I remember saying, ‘Are you serious? Are you serious?’ to my first base coach as he asked me what was wrong.
Long story short, I strained my hamstring and now I’m currently rehabbing my left hamstring. I don’t understand it, but, obviously, there are two things you can do: feel sorry for yourself or take the positives out of it and try to get better everyday.
It’s tough, especially when it felt so great to be back on the field playing.
The one positive that did happen recently was getting my first professional hit. I’ll always remember my first one: a broken-bat single. It was nice to get the first one out of the way.
Off the field, I can’t say I miss Ottawa — no offense to my hometown — but there is just so much to do in this area that you can never be bored.
I do miss my family and friends. It’s weird not being able to see my mom, dad and sisters. I do miss the home-cooked meals. The food at the park isn’t bad, but it’s just not quite the same as sitting down with your family and enjoying a meal. I live near a Panda Express, In-n-Out Burger, Whataburger and Chick-fil-A. If you are a kid reading this, cherish those home-cooked meals and time with your family because when you have to grow up and be on your own you are going to miss those days.
Michael Hermosillo can be reached at email@example.com.