By Jonathan Massey
For as long as I can remember baseball has always been a part of my life. When my personal life was chaotic, baseball was there for me to escape to. When I would get overconfident in my abilities, baseball was there to humble me. For all of this and so much more, I will be forever grateful to the game of baseball. But there are not enough words to explain the depth of my gratitude towards the game of baseball for giving me an opportunity to go to the Texas Baseball Ranch.
After topping out at a blazing 68mph as a freshman in high school, I knew that if I wanted to play Division 1 baseball I was going to need to significantly increase my velocity. I had a former travel ball teammate who attended the summer program the two previous summers. He recommended the TBR summer program and said they had track record of helping players gain velocity. So, I decided to sign up for the summer program and after the first day, I was hooked.
The summer program was the first time I was surrounded by a group of guys with a single desire to become the absolute best they could be. It was here that I met some of my best friends that I will have for the rest of my life. Not only did the summer program help achieve my goals of throwing 90 mph and playing college baseball, but it helped me become a better man.
After spending 2 summers out at the Ranch attending multiple Elite Pitchers Boot Camps, Ron asked me to be on his staff to coach an EPBC. I was hooked all over again. Watching a kid’s face light up when they finally figured something out was a new experience for me. From that weekend on, I worked as many camps as I could. Through the years my role started to expand, from being an assistant coach to being able to run a station to becoming a member of the Ranch on Road.
In January 2015 Ron approached me with a full time job offer to be the Lead Instructor at the Texas Baseball Ranch. As the Lead Instructor I would be in charge of running our night classes during the fall and winter at the ranch, assist with Summer Program and Weekend Camps, and, if I had any free time left, do private lessons. What an enticing offer, to get paid to do what I love. It took me about 10 seconds to decide to take the job and I have loved every minute of it.
I look forward to seeing y’all at some point this year whether it is at the Summer Program, a Ranch on Road Event, or at an Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp.