Baseball/Softball Preview 2012
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
“We’ve just had so many guys, including Frank [Herrmann ’06], who just have that love and passion for baseball. I think that’s what separates so many of our players, whether they had great seasons here or not. It’s a game you grow up with as a child; it’s a game that stays with you. And that game of catch that you play in your backyard with your son or daughter is always going to be memorable. I think that’s what makes baseball so special.
People love rooting for the underdog.
And the Harvard baseball team is starting off the year as the ultimate underdog.
Last season was one to remember for the Harvard softball team. Sweeping Cornell in the Ivy League Championship Series, the Crimson earned its fifth Ancient Eight title. The win also garnered Harvard a bid to the 2011 NCAA Regional tournament for only the fourth time in the program’s illustrious history.
But while matching last year’s success might seem like something to strive for this season, the team is aiming even higher.
The butterflies were out in full force for then-junior Rachel Brown as she took the mound to begin the Ivy League Championship Series against Cornell last May.
“I was definitely nervous,” Brown said. “It was one of the most nerve-wracking games I’ve ever pitched in.”
“What are you doing this summer?”
Most people will mention some internship or an adventure abroad, but the Harvard baseball team has a different norm: playing ball.