Bristol Blues have developed team chemistry quickly this summer

Published on Monday, 18 June 2018 21:23
Written by TYLER ROAIX

@TylerRoaix

BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues are out to one of its best starts in the club’s brief history.

And while, the Blues have been able to put together a good product on the field, off the field, they look like a team that has played together for years, regardless of who is in the game.

“It’s just a really good chemistry and camaraderie with the guys,” Bristol manager Ronnie Palmer said. “They show up every day ready to play baseball and if they’re not playing, they’re cheering the other guys on when they’re in the game. It’s just been a real pleasure so far to be around these guys.”

Palmer joined the Blues last season and has the difficult task of finding a way to get players from a number of different states and college programs to get along, when most have never played with each other before. But he admitted he and his staff have had a surprisingly easy job so far this season.

“If you’re in the dugout or in the locker room or on the bus with us, you’d see what we see as a coaching staff,” Palmer said. “It’s just a really good group of guys that are college baseball players that genuinely love coming to the park. If you didn’t know any better, you would think they were a team that was around each other year round.”

The positive atmosphere surrounding the Blues was evident in the team’s 5-3 comeback win over the Worcester Bravehearts last week. Despite struggling for most of the game, Bristol continued to have a confidence that they would find a way to win, which they did with a sixth-inning rally that had the Blues jumping out of the dugout.

“I think it just speaks volumes about our team and how much we trust each other,” Bristol second baseman Ian Ostberg said. “We know that we can get the job done. Even if we are struggling, we don’t get down on each other or ourselves, which is very important.”

Closer Neal McDermott believes that trust is vital for a baseball team, especially him having to rely on his fielders to make plays behind him. But he doesn’t see any issues with trust on this Blues team.

“In baseball, you can’t go on the field and not trust the guys you’re playing with,” McDermott said. “I know that those are my teammates, regardless of if I’ve been playing with them for a few weeks or not. But I know they’re going to give 100 percent for me, and I’ll do the same for them.”

While the Blues are always looking for results, the players came to Bristol to play baseball, a sentiment they can all agree on.

“At the end of the day, we are all here because we love baseball,” Ostberg said. “We feed off of each other in that aspect, so it’s always a lot of fun.”

Tyler Roaix can be reached at troaix@centralctcommunications.com



Posted in Newington Town Crier, Bristol Blues on Monday, 18 June 2018 21:23. Updated: Monday, 18 June 2018 21:25.