Sam and Mike’s USA double play
BASEBALL coach and mentor Michael Crossland is leading the Australian Expos under-18 team on a 15 game tour of the United States.
It's the 26th time the squad has gone stateside and Michael is accompanied by Coffs Coast player Sam Langler of John Paul College who is vice-captain.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing their way of life," Sam said.
The three week trip began in Hawaii before heading off to play in California.
"My dream as a young child was always to one day play baseball in America," Michael said.
"The dream was achieved many times thanks to this program and now as tour manager it is so nice to be able to give back.
"It's truly a privilege to give these young men the opportunity to live their dreams.'
Michael said the program is based on the three 'A' principles of attitude, academic achievement and ability.
"This philosophy has worked well over the past 25 years seeing over 590 Australian athletes have the opportunity of playing the game they love in the home of baseball," he said.
"More than 20 athletes have gone on to sign professional contracts and many more attend school and colleges to further their education."
Over the past two years Michael has been working with professional sporting teams in Australia and North America and in May spent spring training in Florida with Toronto Blue Jays baseball team where some athletes earn in excess of $30 million a season.