For any sports team to be successful, the players must be able to work well together. A lack of camaraderie can affect player output and team morale. This type of connection is most pronounced on the baseball diamond and, more specifically, in the 60 feet and six inches between the mound and home plate.
Senior student-athlete and pitcher Jackson Ferris and catcher Brady Neal recently sat down to chat about their bond—both on and off the field—and how their friendship strengthens their playing relationship.
For Brady, this bond begins by simply having a good time with his teammates. “Our team has a lot of fun, so I feel like it starts off the field,” he says. “You grow a friendship and that bond on the field.” Brady explains that this familiarity builds trust. “I know what he wants to go to when he shakes. You’re on the same page. You’re thinking what the other guy’s thinking.”
Jackson has a similar opinion on what makes a catcher go from good to great. “Being able to coach me, being able to help me out whenever things are going,” he explains. “Being able to communicate is a big thing.”
Watch the video to learn more about these two student-athletes, their likes and dislikes, and even what toppings should go (or not go) on a burger.
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