Justin Huber, the B-Mets catching prospect, sits by his locker, cleaning his shin guards and explains why they are not out in the field or taking batting practice. "We've been here since about a quarter to eleven. The game is not until one thirty so at a certain point we have stretched and taken our BP and we still have some time to kill so we try and clear our minds so that we can just go out their and play." Justin Huber then has his neck shaved by Tim LaVigne who pitched 1/3 of an inning on Sunday allowing one unearned run.
It is clear that this fosters some extra team bonding. Several players are in a small room watching a repeated edition of Baseball Tonight, discussing which major league pitchers have "good stuff" and which do not. It is mentioned that Scott Erickson has been placed on the 60 day disabled list and that Jeff Duncan was sent back down which starts a debate over the value of Erickson and who the best replacement for him would be, while several position players are in a meeting with coaches going over the New Britain starting pitcher, Rick Helling.
Despite being a bona fide major leaguer with 90 wins under his belt Helling was knocked around by the B-Mets who scored in each of the first four innings and had a season high fourteen base hits. The top of the lineup was particularly effective. Manager Ken Oberkfell, when asked about Josh Pressley's first Home Run on Saturday said, "We know he can hit the ball to left field and now that he has started to do it, pitchers will have to respect him more and pitch to his strengths". This appears to be the case as Pressley had two more hits today.
Monday is an off day, but Tuesday there is a mandatory weight room session at 10:30 and then at 2:15 a stretching session. The game does not start until 6:00 so there should be more card games and ESPN sessions on the horizon.
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