NORFOLK (NNS) -- A boatswain's mate from USS Monterey (CG 61) was selected for the U.S. Navy Baseball team on March 16.
Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Aaron Trone was selected for one of only 25 spots.
"[Being selected] made me feel like I was a kid again." Trone said. "It also made me realize if you want something hard enough, you can do it. Don't let anyone tell you different."
The team, in its 19th season, will participate in 30 games including the Navy vs. Air Force Inter Service Championship and the Navy vs. Marine Corps Challenge at Harbor Park. They will also compete in the Hampton Roads National Adult Baseball Association (HRNABA ) All-Star Game, as well as the HRNABA League Championship Series and the Men's Senior Baseball League Labor Day Tournament. Players will not only compete to win and have fun, this league also provides improved work habits, maturity, persistent leadership, and the camaraderie that comes with playing as a team.
"It is a thinker's game. Not everyone can play baseball; you have to know what to do with the ball when it is hit to you." Trone continued.
Trone is coming up on four years in the Navy, most of which he has served on Monterey. He has completed deployments in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea, and is preparing for his third deployment.
Although the training schedule will be hectic, practice three times a week with games on Saturdays and Sundays, Monterey is more than willing to allow Trone to take advantage of this great opportunity.
"While it is always a sacrifice to let your Sailors pursue off the ship activities, it is always rewarding to myself and the entire chain of command to see each and every one of our Monterey Sailors succeed." said Capt. Todd W. Bostock, Monterey's commanding officer. "Trone is living his dream, while wearing a Navy uniform."
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