TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Like many organizations the Terre Haute Rex are closely watching the coronavirus pandemic. While times may seem tough now, general manager Bruce Rosselli says they are targeting starting the season on time on May 28th.
“We’re conscientious of everybody’s health and but we’re leaning our way towards the season and trying to make it work being positive that we’ve got to stay forward to starting on time on May 28th,” he said.
As far as the players Bruce says they are seeing an abundance of interest since many colleges lost their entire spring season. “We’re getting more and more players come in and we’ve had schools that the coach is going to keep maybe a pitcher back or certain players and not play this summer league and now because they’re not going to be playing for two and a half months they want them out there playing in the summer leagues and so we’re getting all across our league an abundance of players and very high quality high end schools are wanting to come in and some of our teams are having to turn them away because the roster is full,” he said.
Sports in general tend to have a unifying element especially during hard times which we really miss. Bruce thinks that Rex baseball will be a hot ticket when sports are able to resume. “I think together this year having baseball you know America’s pastime that brings people together much like it did 9/11 it’s going to be more than in our whole lives our sponsors it’s going to be coming together and the sponsors are going to make that happen,” said Rosselli.
He says not one of their sponsors has backed out yet, a sign of strength and support from the community. That’s why he looks forward to the light at the end of the tunnel when we can resume a small sense of normalcy. “At least in our little town of Terre Haute and the community of the biggest community around in the Wabash Valley is have baseball come back and celebrate what we’re all about and being all in and together fighting this terrible virus.”