Grayson's Austin Meadows (right) competed in the Under Armour All-American Game last weekend along with Loganville's Clint Frazier (left). In the middle is Duluth coach Matt Champitto, who coached in the game.
Grayson baseball player Austin Meadows competed in the nationally televised Under Armour All-American Game last weekend. He kept the following diary of thoughts for the Daily Post.
Day 1 of this Under Armour All-American journey went very well. My family and I arrived to Chicago around lunch time and then arrived to the hotel to get all of our free gear. The scenery here in Chicago is amazing and we have Lake Michigan right across the street from us. After we all got settled into our rooms, we went to tour Wrigley Field, which had a lot of interesting history.
Following the tour, we had the dinner/banquet which was very good and I was excited to meet all the new players from all around the country. Wrapping up the night, I played some ping pong down in the player lounge, which was a great ending to the night.
Today we had a light workout at UIC (University of Illinois-Chicago), which involved taking some batting practice and taking light infield-outfield. After our workout, we helped manage a kids clinic, which involved an autograph session afterwards. It is always a good feeling to know that the little kids look up to us.
Topping off the night, we took the bus to Dave and Buster's and had dinner and games afterwards. The first two days have been great and I am looking forward to these next couple of days.
Day 3 was a fun and interesting day. First off we had MLB Network interviews, autograph sessions, and an eye test. I signed 350 baseball cards, which was a really neat experience. The interviews went well and I'm really looking forward to seeing myself again on TV.
We then headed over to the field around lunch time and showcased our skills in front of the scouts. I threw 6 throws from the outfield: 3 to third and 3 to home, and then we took batting practice on the field. Afterwards we had home run derby and I qualified to go through to the final round at Wrigley Field!
The food here in Chicago is excellent. Dinner was excellent; we had pasta and salad and afterwards we had a meeting talking about the draft. I am excited to play in the game tomorrow and I am truly blessed to be called a High School All-American.
Right when I woke up at 6:15 in the morning I could not have felt more anxious to play a game of baseball in my life. We arrived to the field around 7:30 and it was the coolest feeling having your own locker there for you at Wrigley Field! We took our pictures in our game uniforms on the field and then took batting practice and infield-outfield.
The Home Run Derby took place before the game and it was tough because the wind was blowing in, however I managed to hit one home run, which was all I wanted. Game time took place around 1:30 Eastern time and it was definitely an amazing experience playing at a big league field in front of thousands of fans. We, the American Team, managed to win the game 7-6.
Before and after the game we signed autographs for the fans. Hearing the fans chant your name is an amazing feeling. Afterwards, we went bowling and had dinner. It was fun and a great ending to a great day.
Tomorrow morning I have to wake up at 5:30 because our flight is at 8:50. I'm looking forward to being home but this trip has been very fun and I'm glad my family was here to support me. I am truly honored to be named a High School All-American.