I still remember the morning sunrise and the dew on the field at the 2004 CABA World Series , playing catch with my son and watching the other dads do the same. Thinking to myself how great this is. The memories are to many to list here but maybe someday in a book.
The Bridgeport Bombers have played in 150 Championship games over the past 14 years. We have played across the country from Arizona to New York. We have sent 11 teams to Cooperstown over the years, providing the kids and families a memory they will cherish forever. We qualified and competed in some of the toughest tournaments including the USSSA Elite 24, Battle of the South, East Cobb, CABA World Series and Cooperstown NATC, to name a few.
Over 98% of the Bombers have gone on to play high school baseball and not only make the team but be a contributor. We have players who took the next step and have played college baseball.
I am not looking for a thank you or job well done, just letting you know the sun has set on the Bridgeport Bombers. After a lot of thought, I feel my passion for the Bridgeport Bombers is gone. For years I enjoyed the friendships, training the kids, and all the good things that come with coaching.
I will miss standing in the coaches box calling plays, I will miss calling pitches, I will miss the jokes and conversations in the dugout with the players. I will miss seeing the players faces on uniform day. Most of all I will miss the players. If you have ever coached a team from September through August, through the ups and downs, through the laughing and the aggravation, through the hard work that produced success, you will know what I will miss.
The Bombers Training Academy was a huge success, providing the players a space to train consistently. I just wish I would have had the Academy since the beginning.
I would like to thank many of you who have contributed your time as coaches or team moms. Without you we would have never had the success we had. We have had a few special people which have helped substantially to start the Bombers but also keep it running day to day that I owe a special thanks.
I wish all players and their families the best of luck. I wanted to give you enough notice so you can go to other tryouts. Enjoy these times with your kids, they will be gone before you know it.
God bless and God bless The Bridgeport Bombers.