To even those who have already had the experience of getting drafted, the events that unfolded on Thursday were jaw dropping.
On Thursday afternoon, the Wareham Gatemen, along with the other nine clubs in the Cape Cod Baseball League, took part in a workout at Fenway Park.
Players were tested on their physical capabilities, athleticism, fielding and throwing, and ability to hit to all fields.
For the most part, though, those tests were secondary on a day that contained a once in a lifetime experience.
All afternoon long, players used the time to slowly walk around the outfield grass and look on from the Red Sox dugout. Those from opposing teams came together to pose for photos on their iPhones, most likely for future social media use.
Gatemen second baseman Cole Freeman, who was drafted this past June by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round, said its all about just enjoying the day.
“This is one of the most historical ballparks that one could ever play in,” said Freeman. “I want to just come here and enjoy myself, have fun with everybody. This is something I may never get to do again.”
Freeman has played in front of crowds upwards of 12,000 people, so when asked whether or not he was nervous coming in, the LSU second baseman just laughed it off.
“I don’t get really nervous,” said Freeman. “You get the butterflies because it’s something you care about. I just try to come out here, take it as slow as you can, soak it all in and enjoy the day.”
Texas Christian University outfielder Austen Wade was making his first trip to Boston. Combine that with – obviously – his first trip to Fenway Park, and Wade could not help but feel the jitters.
“Oh my goodness,” said Wade with a smile. “I had never been even inside Fenway Park. Walking through the parking lot, coming in and sitting in the stands, the butterflies really kick in. Once you get on the field it’s a whole different story because you see how big a major league park truly is. It was a really fun day, lot of laughs.”
Wade hopes to use the day as motivation, looking to play at a park like Fenway in the future on an everyday basis.
“Being out here, taking swings around a lot of guys who are obviously very talented its something special,” said Wade. “You are playing with a lot of guys who one day with play in professional baseball and you just hope you can be one of them.”