Updated: June 30, 2020 10:46 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 06:44 PM
(ABC 6 News) - With the Rochester Honkers set to start their Northwoods League season Thursday, the players are excited to get to work after believing the summer season was lost to COVID-19.
"It's very exciting and it's a privilege being one of the few leagues that are open right now. Just being able to come and suit up is kind of living a dream right now that not many get to," Honkers infielder Connor Denning said.
Just like in the batter's box, this year's Honkers squad has had to adjust to everything thrown their way this summer.
"I was originally supposed to play in the Cape Cod League. If they shut down I figured, you know, it's just going to be a trickle effect down the rest of the leagues. But I'm very thankful for the Northwoods League and the efforts that the states in this area have done to prevent the spread of the virus, and so we're allowed to have baseball this summer," Honkers infielder Robert Moore said.
Especially with an abbreviated season, developing skills will be of the utmost importance for the team. But it will also be about staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19. After all, it's not just their teammates and coaches they could spread it to; they also have to keep healthy for the sake of the host families they live with.
"We will be taking a little precaution, especially with playing with their children or eating at their dinner table. We're very lucky and blessed to have them take us into their house and give us a bed and give us some food and let us do laundry at their house. We're very thankful for them and so therefore we will be taking a little precaution," Moore said.
The Honkers play their first home game this Friday. General Manager Jeremy Aagard tells ABC 6 News that the game is already sold out.
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