For nearly four years, Chris Stroh rarely bothered to pick up a baseball.
Having played baseball for many seasons, including starring at Crescenta Valley High, Stroh had become "burned out" and wanted to head in another direction. Stroh opted to focus on earning a bachelor's degree in international business at Long Beach State.
Walking from one classroom to another, Stroh realized that his passion for baseball still tugged at his heartstrings and he wondered during that stretch of inactivity if he would ever leave the door open to possibly play the sport that he grew up thriving in. What, for example, would it be like to face live pitching, run from first to third on a well-placed single to the outfield or make a perfect throw to a cut-off man to nab a runner trying to score?
Stroh had to be honest with himself, knowing he would have to relearn certain aspects of the game and do so in a hurry if he was going to revive his career.