Playing a sport in college is hard. Most people not connected to a young athlete or their family will never realize just how difficult it is, to be good enough in high school to get looks from college coaches. Not the top Division I teams, or even the mid-major schools. Those programs are reserved for the elite athletes in not just a town, but an entire region.
There was no way to know what feeling to expect from my first meeting with David Saville. I’d heard about him, seen some of the extensive media coverage on him and the remarkable path he’d followed to Clemson University stardom. But you have to see these kinds of things for yourself before you can honestly understand or relate to them.
Baseball is a beautiful game. Perhaps the most beautiful of any out there, in this writer’s humble opinion. It has stood the test of time, still played more or less the same as it was in 1850, yet continually attracting the best young talent from across three continents. When you love the game and play it at a high level, it’s the kind of thing you want to hang on to, to embrace for as long as circumstances allow. Continue reading