On the back fields of Astros spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida there are waves of players grinding for that shot to get the call to the Big leagues.
Minor League second baseman Ryne Birk is one of those players that is living his life one bus ride at a time, and while it is the definition of a grind it’s all about reaching for that major league dream.
“Some days you wake up after a 14-hour bus ride just in time to get some lunch in you before a game and you’re wondering, dang, is it really worth it,” he said. “There’s some tough days that you’re debating what you’re doing, but then you see the long picture and it just doesn’t get much better than that.”
Josh Rojas got a taste of Major League camp earlier this year allowing him to see first-hand what it takes to be a part of the big club.
“Just makes you work harder,” he said. “When you’re that close, you wanna double check everything, you wanna work that much harder to shore up some things.”
Pitcher Brady Rodgers has made it to the top of the mountain and he’s working every day to get back up there.
“I think, you gotta stay with it, you gotta keep grinding,” he said. “You’ve gotta keep playing. It’s a long road to get to the big leagues. And as hard as it feels to get here, it’s probably harder to stay.”