Tallahassee, FL -- Drew Strouse is a member of the Florida State baseball team. He's been to two college world series, part of an ACC championship team, and today, as with the other nine seniors graduating from FSU, was his final regular season home game at Dick Howser Stadium, but you won't see his name in any of the box scores. He's never had an at bat, he's never played an inning in the field. His role with the team is one not seen by the fans.
"I'm first a student manager," says Drew Strouse. "My first responsibility is to report to our clubhouse manager Dane Smith and then after that if anything needs to be done I help them with our laundry, putting it out assisting with packing for road trips. Then once that's done I'm a bullpen catcher so I report to Coach Shupe on a daily basis and I warm up pitchers who have to throw pens and just assist the pitchers in their long toss or anything that they need just for the day."
Drew played ball in high school but the choice to quit playing the sports was not easy.
Drew adds, "It was a tough decision. There have been a few days out here when I was like did I really just give up baseball. I had a couple of offers and I decided that I didn't want to play anymore. I was ready to go to a four year school and enjoy myself.
And he has, not only has FSU succeeded while with the team, he has had the chance to catch and build relationships with some of the best pitchers to come through FSU.
Drew adds, "it's fun. I still keep in contact with Eli Villaneuva, AAA for the Marlins. I talked to John Gast yesterday. It's nice to keep in touch with them every once in a while. I try not to bug them too much"
"It's funny, I remember all of the players but the managers are the ones that tend to stay close to me," says FSUI head coach Muike Martin. "Drew Strouse will be right up there at the top with all of them because of what he does. He's not your so called basic manager, he's a friend to everybody. The coaching staff and the players."