Editor’s Note: This is part of a season-long series in which Ottawa graduate and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Michael Hermosillo chronicles life in minor league baseball. Hermosillo is playing for the Orem Owlz, an advanced rookie-league team for the Angels.
I don’t think I or the team could have asked for a better opening week.
We were able to take three of four games from Idaho Falls in Idaho. It’s always huge to win a series on the road, especially in a four-game set and to be part of those victories just makes it that much better.
It’s also great for the games to mean something and know that everyone on the team has the same goal of trying to win everyday and, in the long run, win a Pioneer League championship.
I’ll kind of back track a bit because the last time I wrote I had just finished extended spring training.
Obviously, it was great news to find out I was going to Orem, Utah. We had a workout after a week off and the lists were posted after the workout outside the clubhouse. I definitely wasn’t a lock to go to Orem, so it was great to see that.
I had about 12 hours to pack before getting on a flight from Phoenix to Salt Lake City, which was a trip in itself. It was probably the worst landing in my life because the turbulence and crosswinds were so bad.
On the flight, I sat next to two teammates, Trevor Gretzky (you may know his dad, Wayne) and Mike Bolaski. We sat in the very last row on the left side of the plane and were coming in for landing. I had the window seat and we were pretty close to landing when I looked out the window and could see the runway. Our plane wasn’t facing the runway. It was bad. But we made it.
Once we got to the stadium in Orem, we were able to meet the other guys who had just been drafted and get situated with our host family.
Orem is a really nice place. It’s different than Arizona, but it’s definitely a cool place to play.
We had workouts for three days at the field before getting on a 9 a.m. bus to Idaho. I’m not really a fan of bus rides and never have been. Any type of traveling that doesn’t involve flying isn’t my favorite, but it’s something I’m going to have to get used to.
Opening night was crazy in Idaho Falls. Other than playing in an all-star game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, I’ve never really played in front of a good amount of people like that. It just makes things more fun and exciting to have an actual baseball atmosphere.
It was great to perform the way I did on opening night (2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday), but I honestly try not to worry about it. It’s a long season and you are going to have ups and downs. I’m just thankful to be able to do this everyday and help my teammates win.
It was awesome to see all the support I received, though. I got a lot of texts after the game from family and friends, so thank you to everyone. I really appreciate it.
We arrived back from Idaho at 4 a.m. Friday morning and were back at the field at 2 p.m. for a quick turnaround and our home opener Friday night.
I’m just going to keep going about my day the same everyday. It’s a long season and there are going to be ups and downs. The best thing you can do is stay level-headed and never get too high or too low.
And on top of all that, I’m having fun, which is the most important thing.
Michael Hermosillo can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.