This season may look like a mediocre year on paper but the difference is the efforts and the attitudes behind the scenes that have ensued over the winter months and preseason workouts.
“Last year it didn’t work with the group we had,” Kroll said. “We feel that the group coming in is a much better group to work with and a lot more fun to be around.”
Fun is the foundation of success in team sports. It may be cliché, but it’s indeed true. However, winning is also fun and Kroll’s Giants will have to buy into the mission and learn lessons along the way to improve as a team.
“Regardless of how we look on paper this year, we feel if we do certain things that play into our philosophy, then we feel like we have a chance,” Kroll said. “We’ve been preaching and working on getting them to buy into that philosophy. We play in a big ball park. We won’t hit a lot of home runs so we’re trying to play into our strengths and during the offseason they bought into what we’re trying to do.”
Throughout the months to come there are goals set in stone that will not change from year to year. Along with county and sectionals there are always a few teams that will be highlighted on the Giants’ season schedule. For Kroll, he strays from pin-pointing one specific game, but for his players, it’s another story.
“Our goal is to be playing the best baseball by May,” Kroll said. “The first week is county and the last week of May is sectionals. As far as one specific game, I won’t call it a rivalry until we beat them, but Brownsburg is always pretty darn good, so I feel like that’s one game our guys look forward to.”