s soon as I felt the pop, I knew I was in trouble. First base never seemed so far away as it did that day at John Delaney’s baseball camp.
Delaney, the fifth-year head coach of the Quinnipiac baseball team, runs an annual summer camp for local children on the Mount Carmel Campus. This year, 54 boys signed up to polish their diamond dreams and make new friends.
My assignment was to grab a glove from my closet and join these aspiring baseball stars on the field. Delaney and his summer camp coaches teach participants fundamentals of the game and strategy. They also oversee relay races — the wheelbarrow challenge, anyone? — and lead warmups and stretching. I was there to participate.