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My Ride on the Strasburg Express

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Coming down to the wire

Verdillo-Matt-7-6-11.jpg The end of the 2011 regular season for the Valley Baseball League is quickly approaching. This means that the Strasburg Express' inaugural season is just about a wrap, making it a time to look back on an interesting experience for all of those involved.

Matt Verdillo

About Matt
My name is Matt Verdillo and I am a left-handed pitcher for the Strasburg Express this summer. I am 20 years old and was born and raised in Richmond by my mother Sue and father Rich, alongside my older sister Claire. I graduated from Douglas Freeman High School and I am a rising junior at Christopher Newport University where I am majoring in Communication and Spanish. I've seen plenty of action as a reliever on the baseball field for the CNU Captains. I look forward to contributing to nvdaily.com and hope I can live up to my predecessor, former Express teammate Josh Herzenberg.
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Thank goodness for baseball

Verdillo-Matt-7-6-11.jpg As they say, you can never get enough of a good thing and baseball sure is one of the best things.

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Tragedy and triumph at the ballpark

Verdillo-Matt-7-6-11.jpg Recently, a very tragic accident occurred at the Texas Rangers' ballpark in Arlington, Texas. During the second inning of a game on July 7, 2011, Ranger fan Shannon Stone lost his balance when stretching to catch a ball tossed by Ranger's centerfielder Josh Hamilton.

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Valley league players follow strict routine, enjoy variety of games and food

Verdillo-Matt-7-6-11.jpg Considering that this is my first entry for nvdaily.com, I thought it would be best if I wrote about the lifestyle of a player on the Strasburg Express, as well as what it's like to be a member of a new team.

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MLB Draft kicks off tonight

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg In only a few hours, thousands of high school and college-aged baseball players will have their lives completely changed. Tonight is the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

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Settling in

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg If you spoke to me at this time last year, I wouldn't have expected to be living on a 300-acre hay farm overlooking a mountain in Toms Brook, Virginia, for an entire summer. I'd look at you like you had two heads.

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'Because I love it'

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg Summer collegiate wood bat leagues are a blessing for us in many ways. It enables us to do what we love ... play baseball ... every single day.

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Records are made to be broken...?

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg Seventy years ago on May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games, a record that still hasn't been broken. As a matter of fact, no one has even come close to breaking it.

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Solace at the ballpark

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg The anger that I have toward those involved with the September 11 attacks will never subside. How could people be so cruel that they feel it is necessary to brutally kill thousands of innocent people? What did these victims do to deserve this punishment?

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From Mount Everest to Death Valley in the blink of an eye

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg Baseball is a humbling sport. It is a sport that requires its participants to master the ability to rebound and progress through failure.

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Passion from an early age

Herzenberg_Josh_6_11.jpg For those of you who have never watched the Little League World Series during those late weeks in August, I highly recommend it. Thousands of people show up to the event to cheer on the 12-year-old ballplayers in their quest for amateur baseball immortality. Like one would expect from a boy or girl that age, emotions run high.



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