The Gems wrapped up their season Thursday and there’s no arguing that the baseball season is the definition of a grind.
Many consider the prospect league, 60 games in 70 days, a full-time job. But one full-time job is nothing for Nick Stroud.
The soundtrack for most of the Quincy Gems this Summer included cracking of bats and walk-up songs.
For Nick Stroud, he sang a very different tune and had a much louder alarm clock.
Stroud said, "Wake up around five. Get out here around 530, 545, work normally a full day until 2 or 230. And then depending on the day I might have to get out and do a little mowing or weeding for my landlords.
Probably go to the gym around 5, 6 o clock at night. I go lift for an hour or two. Depending on the day I’ll run, I’ll swim. Go home, make some dinner, get ready for bed, do the same thing again."
In addition to pitching in several games for the Gems this season, the QU pitcher worked three jobs while also took classes online as he pursues a masters degree.
His workhorse mentality didn’t go unnoticed by the Gems.
Gems owner Jimmie Louthan said, "You know his work ethic is just something that you love to show the other teammates how it’s supposed to be done.
It’s just a proven fact that he’s a worker."
Gems interim manager Pat Robles said, "He works hard on and off the field. Nothing more you can say about him.
He’s just a guy that’s a hard worker. Quiet. Gets in, gets his work done and just gets after it."
Between classes, jobs and two Tommy John surgeries, Strouds career has been anything but easy, but Stroud doesn’t believe he’s the only one capable of perseverance.
Stroud said, "If you work hard just keep doing it. Some things,may seem like it’s not working out or things aren’t going right, but I kind of believe that if you have that drive inside you, if you know you can work hard at something then do it.
I think you can get it done if you tell yourself you can do it."