The Rochester Royals are hitting the field this summer with a great lineup of determined players who love the game and play with finesse and skill. You will see some excellent baseball as they take on teams from across the Midwest. Get to know more about some of their players.
Drew Block. Sixth season at first base, leading batting average.
Tim Oesterlin. Centerfield, 10 years.
Matt Meyer. Previously pitched minor leagues with the Cleveland Indians, the Saint Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the St. Paul Saints.
Who was your inspiration in baseball?
Drew: Ken Griffy, Jr. – one of the best left handed hitters.
Tim: I just always loved the game – as a kid and now – just playing with my buddies.
Matt: My dad was a softball player and he took me to the games and I loved to see the camaraderie and teamwork.
Drew: The crack of the bat. If it looks like it is going and gone, I think – Oh, I can now slow to a jog now.
Tim: The ball hitting a wood bat is a one of a kind sound that’s so gratifying. It’s a great feeling.
Matt: As a pitcher, I love the thud sound when the baseball hits the catcher’s glove… it’s a unique sound and especially satisfying when it is strike three.
Drew: My biggest memory came last year – I hit a home run at the state tournament and we ended up winning the game. Nothing feels better.
Tim: It was a great thrill to be part of the first John Marshall team to go to state tourney.
Matt: We won the fourth grade little league championship. I still have the photo – all my neighborhood buddies together having a great experience.
Drew: I usually change bats if I strike out, because we all know it is the bat’s fault.
Tim: Stay off those foul lines.
Craziest game moment?
Drew: We scored six runs to come back in the 9th inning of a tournament championship.
Tim: Last year our pitcher, John took one on the head, it bounced up and one of our guys caught it for the out!
Matt: At last year’s state tourney, down by 8 to Blaine and then we hit a streak came back to win.
Get out to the next Royals game – as Matt Meyer says, “There is not a bad seat in the house, it’s a great family experience.”