From a players to a coaches, every member of McGill’s ball module knows he has a bull’s-eye on his back.
But nothing of them mind.
“We know we’re a target, and teams play like that each time they play us,” pronounced pitcher and outfielder Jack Pantalena.
“We adore it.”
Tonight starts a Redmen’s query for a fourth inhabitant championship in a row.
Head manager Jason Starr pronounced year after year, a team’s idea is to win it all. But essay to win and winning are dual opposite things.
“Just demeanour during veteran sports. How many dynasties are there? How many teams are there that win behind to behind in any sport?” Starr asked.
“There are so many things that could occur year over year that we never know, and we’ve usually been unequivocally advantageous that we’ve been means to win pivotal games down a stretch.”
Last year, a group usually forsaken one diversion all deteriorate within their conference, going 15-1.
In further to a games opposite their intra-conference rivals, a Redmen hit a highway sincerely mostly to play teams in a U.S. and in a Toronto area.
Their repute as winners precedes them everywhere they go, Starr said.
“I’d rather teams wish to kick us.… We wish to see everyone’s best.”
Starr, who has been conduct manager for 5 years though partial of a module for 16, pronounced he and his staff are perplexing to build a hall enlightenment by recruiting players who wish to win and who put in a work to do so.
“I direct soundness from my players and from a staff, and we have lifted a bar.”
The guys on a group spend their off-season in a gym, and they’re always meditative adult ways to make themselves and a group better, he said.
And personification a series of games they do in a deteriorate allows a players to face some-more high-leverage situations.
The wish is that they spin accustomed to those situations, that will assistance them spin in purchase performances when needed.
“Those situations unequivocally ready us for games late in a season, when it unequivocally matters,” pronounced infielder Emerson Dohm.
Both Dohm, who’s from West Vancouver, B.C., and Pantalena, from Easton, Conn., have been on a group for dual years and are inspired for a third title.
Pantalena is a essence of a plan Starr implemented when he became conduct manager — courtship American players to come north, to play for McGill.
Starr pronounced they sell a university on a educational charity and a opportunity to play a high turn of baseball.
“They leave with hopefully a few inhabitant championships … and an unimaginable knowledge and education.”
The McGill Redmen take on a Université de Montréal Carabins in their home opener tonight during 7:30 p.m. during Gary Carter Field in Côte Saint-Luc.