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 jouney in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization.
By Michael Hermosillo
The days have definitely been starting to blend together. I honestly can’t believe that I’ve been here for a month. Every day is basically the same thing with a little adjustments here and there, but it doesn’t feel like a job at all.
It’s funny because I asked Ottawa baseball coach Don Heaberlin one day how he felt about retiring after working for so long. He said, “I’ve never worked a day in my life. This doesn’t feel like a job for me because I love what I do.” I took a lot from that and it’s something that I always want to live by. That’s why I’m never taking what I do for granted.
Everything hasn’t been fun, though. I’d say the only thing that’s been pretty rough for me has been being injured and having to watch from the bench.
The ironic thing about me being injured is I played football all these years and never had an injury that kept me out more than a week. It’s definitely frustrating but at the same time it’s only making me more motivated. It makes me want to make the most out of every situation I’m given. That’s something I’ve learned while being injured — you have to stay positive throughout the rehab process.
The other thing I learned was how important it is to still pay attention to the game while you’re out. You can learn so much just by watching. Whether that’s figuring out what a pitcher is trying to do in any given situation or learning from a teammate’s mistake, it’s the little things that make you a better baseball player.
One cool experience that I had was being able to meet former MLB shortstop Omar Vizquel. It’s so mind-blowing to be able to talk to an 11-time Gold Glove player, a future hall of famer and someone who has played more years in the Major Leagues (23 years) than I’ve even been alive!
It was great just to hear some of his stories and the advice that he shared with us, and even being able to talk to him one-on-one about some things. Sometimes you think you are dreaming with the people you are around. All you can do is collect as much information as possible from the people who surrounded you.
Hopefully, next time I’m writing, I’ll be consistently in the lineup. It’s definitely reassuring with the support I’ve had from family, friends and the Angels organization.
Michael Hermosillo can be reached at email@example.com.