Yesterday was one of those April afternoons when we realize anew why high school baseball can be a chilly affair.
At Cobb’s Hill, the sky was dank and the wind whirling. Nonetheless, about 50 loyal fans watched as the East Eagles rallied to beat the Monroe Redjackets to remain unbeaten at 5 – 0.
Ariane (above) came to see her son Sam Sheldon play second base. Huddled in her blanket, Ariane scoffed at what she called the fair weather fans who took a rain check on the blustery afternoon.
Pablo Agosto and his son Joey and nephew were there to cheer on Jodi at shortstop. Pablo even gave Jodi some batting tips between innings.
Jose Alicia (who you met in Excitement grows) came to watch his cousin Joel. A little chilly wind never keeps him away.
East Athletic Director Eric Robinson was cheering on the squad that made it to the Sectional Finals last year. Robinson said this year non-league teams were leery of playing East for fear of losing sectional points.
Pam and Terry Crandall were there to watch their son Kyle coach the comeback.
And always at the game is stalwart Greg Doud (who you also met in Excitement grows).
Greg was there to watch his grandson Tyrone Roundtree play third base. Greg recalled how his father came to every one of his games when he played for McQuaid in the late 60’s and now Greg returns the favor. Greg mentioned that these high school years are really just blips in the player’s lives so every moment should be savored.Greg says it’s the fans job to show up and show love and — as importantly — to respect the game itself.
The Monroe side had its own stalwart, spry 90 year old Humberto Marquez whose age I didn’t believe until he showed me his driver’s license. In 1955 Humberto came to Rochester from Puerto Rico where he played semi-pro. Humberto actually doesn’t like hot weather; her prefers the Rochester weather than keeps him feeling lively. Rain or shine, he’s been coming to games at Cobb’s Hill for decades even Humberto doesn’t personally know any of the players.
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