The boys’ varsity baseball team this year has a very high level of team chemistry. This is due to their own clubhouse, a perfect place to change and store their belongings. The team clubhouse is complete with 24 lockers, all assigned to the specific player with room for all their gear. University left-handed pitcher Ryan Graydon believes this has helped the team tremendously.
“We used to have trouble getting changed in the parking lot earlier in the year,” Graydon said. “The clubhouse makes switching so much easier and more convenient.”
Besides convenience, the camaraderie brought by the clubhouse is the biggest addition. Graydon feels this gives him and his teammates a moment of relaxation.
“It just allows us to calm down and rest, to sit down, crack jokes and relax,” Graydon said.
Infielder Rhys Nelson also feels it helps the team create jokes and even take time to build team chemistry.
“It’s a lot of fun, we hang out in there and talk, I feel like it brings the team together really well,” Nelson said.
The team clubhouse provided many great times and also created a few celebrities in the team. A few students have nicknames, but right-handed pitcher Parker Pedone’s nickname is the team’s most beloved.
“We call it Hollywood, we all love Hollywood,” Graydon said. “If one person says Hollywood, the rest of the team says it no questions asked.”
Pedone thinks the nickname is pretty funny and doesn’t care. Despite what the players of the team think, the nickname is not really new.
“That was my old little league nickname,” Pedone said. “It’s also my Snapchat username, so when they saw it, they ran with it. ‘I don’t know, I guess I can’t escape it.’
As pre-season and season begin, the clubhouse will continue to be a place to have fun, relax and make memories with the team.
“I mean for some of us, this is our senior year, so we’re just trying to have fun and win baseball games,” Graydon said.