From the Minors: Chad Zurcher

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Greetings from Kingsport, TN! This is my new home away from home from now until the end of August as I begin my professional baseball career. This is one of the most exciting times of my life. I have been working towards this dream since I was about 5 years old.

I could not have done it on my own, so first I would like to thank some people. First, I want to thank my parents, Chris and Sally, since they have raised me the right way. I want to thank my brother for always helping me out. Next, I appreciate Robby Howard and Jeff Browning for getting me ready for college baseball. Coach Rock, coach Corral, coach Zulli, and coach Fed get a real big thanks for letting me live out my dream at Memphis and advance to the minor leagues. I appreciate all these people. Mostly, I want to thank my teammates over the years because I'd be nothing without them!

We have played two games in Kingsport now for the rookie league Mets. We have lost both, but they have been tight games. I have pinch ran once, but I am loving it. I want to play, but that time will come. Pro ball is a lot different, it is a lot more laid back and a lot of people speak Spanish. I knew I should have learned more from Drew Martinez and TJ Rich, haha! I spent three days in Florida before my brother's wedding then I reported to Kingsport. It is nice to only be an hour and a half from home and have people know me. I've learned a lot in a short amount of time while clocking in for my "job". It beats sitting behind a desk. We play almost every day, and there is nothing better than being around the game.

I am going to miss Memphis when school starts back, but I will be back to check in on every one. I hate we didn't always meet expectations at Memphis, but I feel as though we left a good foundation. I can't emphasize it enough, but thanks to everyone at Memphis who supported me and hopefully still do! Hopefully this is the first of many updates (and good updates). I will always be a Tiger for the many great years!

Go Tigers and Go Mets!
Chad Zurcher

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