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Ottawa alumnus and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Michael Hermosillo finishes off a swing during a game earlier this season with the Orem Owlz of the short-season Pioneer League. With approximately a month left in the season, Hermosillo and the Owlz are dealing with the dog days of summer as the playoffs near. Submitted photo
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect and Ottawa graduate Michael Hermosillo takes a cut in the batting cage during batting practice recently. Submitted photo
Michael Hermosillo Correspondent
OREM, Utah — The dog days of summer.
It’s the last couple weeks of the season and I think the whole team is just trying to finish the season strong. It’s getting to that point of the year where everyone is exhausted but every team is.
Everyone has been playing baseball all year. The college guys played their college season, the high school guys played their season and the rest of us have been through spring training and extended spring training playing games everyday.
I’ve been playing baseball basically every day since Jan. 20. Between spring training, going to the Dominican Republic, extended spring training in the hot Arizona sun and a season here in Orem, it really starts to wear you down.
I never thought that baseball could be so tiring, and it’s basically new to me since I was hurt last year. I went from about 40 games total last year to probably about 120-plus this season including spring training.
And it’s not just physically tiring. You definitely get fatigued mentally, especially with all the ups and down of a baseball season. These last 20 games of the regular season you really have to try and focus. It’s important to come with the same mindset of trying to get better every day even with the season coming to a close.
We are in a great situation since we won the first half and are getting ready for the playoffs. You want to play your best baseball going into the playoffs.
The Angels stress winning at the minor league level. Their main focus is player development, but they want every team to be in a position to win a championship at their respective level and we have a chance to win a ring in our league.
It’s exciting because you don’t always have the opportunity to play for a championship so you want to take advantage of any chance you get no matter what level it is. My goal is to stay focused these last couple weeks of the season and keep getting better everyday.
The last thing I’ll add is good luck to all the kids back home starting up football and getting ready for their seasons. I always had mixed feelings about football starting. I was excited because obviously it was football season, but it also meant school was starting up. I can honestly say it’s great to not be getting ready to go to school.