July 4, 2007 July 4, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Former Road Warrior Sheldon Fulse
Catching Up With Sheldon Fulse: I was in Trenton last night, taking in the phenomenal pitching matchup of the Thunder’s Joba Chamberlain versus Harrisburg’s Collin Balester.
But before that, I spent about five minutes with OF Sheldon Fulse, who spent his entire 2006 season with the Road Warriors.
Here’s how the conversation went…
Sheldon, you spent all of last year with the Road Warriors. What was your experience like on that team and in the league?
It was a good experience. I pushed myself a little bit as far as trying to get into a good routine and keeping my head in the game, even though things weren’t exactly the way I would desire them to be.
How do you not let a situation like playing all your games on the road beat you down?
Well, I can’t say it didn’t beat me down. It beat me down some. Thankfully, we had a good group of guys and we just kind of bonded together and kept the clubhouse loose. Even if we weren’t winning as much as we’d like, we tried to still have a good time.
So after spending an entire year in the Atlantic League without getting picked up, if I told you last year that we’d be sitting here this season…would you have believed me?
I’d believe you. Just because in baseball, crazier things have happened. Anything can happen. I was still holding out hope when I was in that league to get a job this year and get back into affiliated ball.
So take me through how you did get back to affiliated ball…
I was working out this off-season, and I knew some guys who were in this organization. I tried to stay persistent, and went to Tampa to work out to show that I really wanted to play. Thankfully, they called the right people and I got signed.
If a situation arose where you’d have to come back to the Atlantic League, would you?
I don’t think so. I’m not in baseball to just keep playing over and over and over, I’m in there to hopefully try and fulfill my dream. Other than that, I’ve got to go back to college sometime. I’m just giving it my best shot, and hopefully things work out where I don’t have to take that step back to try to get back forward.
What would you be pursuing in college?
Engineering. I’m in computer engineering right now, that’s what I was going to do out of high school.
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