While the boys earned the opportunity to sleep in - they found out that when you wake up at the same time every day - you naturally wake up at the same time everyday. All the boys woke up between 7:00AM and 7:30AM.
After reviewing the keys to success for the day, the boys made their bed and headed to the showers. After showering, the team gathered for a brief meeting before heading out to the cafeteria for breakfast.
At 9:15AM, all of the boys were checked out of the Village to head to the Hall of Fame. Each boy was given a ticket with their Cooperstown Dreams Park entrance. The boys gathered in front of the Hall of Fame for a team picture and then headed into the Hall as a team. The first destination, was the theater where the boys watched a special production on Hall of Famers “Generations of the Game” and what the game meant to them.
After the movie, the team headed off in groups - many with their fathers and mothers to tour the Hall of Fame. The Clutch is made up of baseball families - Red Sox fans, Giants fans, Cubs fans, and yes Yankees fans - so each area of the Hall meant something different to each family - but as a coach - it was absolutely incredible to watch 11 young men that have grown up in the game together - tour baseball’s hallowed ground - and see what portion of the Hall was special to them.
After a few hours in the Hall, team members headed to lunch before a mandatory 2:30PM meeting back at the barracks.
In the 2:30PM meeting, the team reviewed what they needed to do to be successful in the game and come out with some fire. At 4:30PM, the team headed to the batting cages to start to prepare for their first elimination game.
At 6:30PM - it was on. The Hard 90 Clutch was taking on the Louisiana Blues. The Blues were coming off an exciting win in the 4:30PM game and this was the Clutch’s first game.
On the mound for the Clutch was their ace Ben Ransi. The Clutch was the home team. There was definitely some nerves and in the top of the 1st, the Blues put up two runs.