“To me, baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world,” said the great Babe Ruth.
Many Americans (and Duhawks) share this feeling, but only a few are able to play the great American pastime. Fortunately, there are other opportunities to get involved with the game. This was the mindset of the newest baseball team manager, first-year Jonny Cella.
Cella, a Arlington Heights, IL, native and kinesiology major, heard about the position from his adviser, Lynn Gallagher. He says that he has always admired the game but only personally played one year. He has never managed before, making this an unprecedented experience for him. Subsequently, his role on the team this year will primarily be to learn the ins-and-outs, such as drills and practice setup, from the other team manager, junior Will “Q” Quinn.
Cella’s help comes at an excellent time as the baseball program is expanding. Additionally, with it being the second year of the JV program, his extra set of hands will give Head Coach Carl Tebon and his staff greater flexibility within practices and a better chance to evaluate and assess the progression of the players throughout the season.
The team has embraced Cella, finding that he shares similar interests, including lifting. Although it has only been a few weeks since his arrival, Cella has already made the seamless transition in becoming part of the Loras baseball family. At every practice he is greeted with an array of “Jonneeehhhhhhyyy-s.” The team has stayed after practices to talk with him, to get to know him better, and make him feel welcomed. Cella says this type of atmosphere is what he is looking forward to the most with his new position. In only a few weeks it is as if he has been there the whole year. When asked about how the first few weeks has gone for him, he said that he has no complaints.
The team itself is revving up as it prepares to embark on its annual Florida trip this week. The Duhawks, who currently sit at 2-3, will be playing five games on this trip. The first two games will be against Utica starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 16. Hopefully the help from Cella at practice will translate to more Duhawk victories.