After another day of baseball drills and one day after he made it 2x2 with Toronto professional sports teams after the Argonauts selected him in the 5th round of the CFL Draft, Rice tight end Luke Willson checked in for a second to provide a glimpse of his time in the Toronto Blue Jay Extended Spring Training Program in Dunedin, Florida.
What is your daily routine like?
If there was one thing that is really different from what I expected, it would be the pace of everything. It's very deliberate and low-key. A lot of drills, but not an anything like the pace I am used to during football practice.
I'm guessing you might be one of the bigger guys walking around camp?
(laughs).... Definitely one of the more filled-out guys here. There are a few tall guys, but they are more slender. It's kinda nice, I guess.
How has the adjustment back into a baseball routine gone?
I think I've adjusted and gotten used to as the days have gone along. But the daily routine is pretty mundane.
Anything stick in your mind at this point?
Maybe one of the biggest highlights at the start was when I realized the first day of batting practice when I realized that Sandy Alomar Sr. was going to be throwing to us. That was pretty special. There are a couple guys here who have big league time and are on rehab assignments. Most of the guys here are pretty tired of the daily routine and are looking forward to moving on to their teams at the end of the month.
Will you get any game action before camp breaks and you head back to Houston?
That's about to start and I am looking forward to seeing some pitching. We have a rotating schedule with the other clubs in this area. We play the Pirates on Monday and Tuesday, the Yankees on Wednesday and Thursday, and then the Phillies on Friday and Saturday. As I said, I'm ready to see some pitching. I think I'm ready to see how I'll do.
What's your schedule like the rest of the way?
We have camp games until the end of the month. At that time, most of the guys here will go on to their assigned teams. The youngest guys will stay here and play Gulf Coast League games, but the rest of them will go on to either Bluefield, West Virginia in the Appalachian League or Vancouver in the Northwest League. But I'll be heading back to Houston for the start of summer school and summer conditioning.