Long road brings Fargo’s Nesseth back to Lincoln
Coming back to your college stadium can call up a lot of emotion, and for former Nebraska pitcher Mike Nesseth, the experience has been anything but normal.
“It’s surreal. Once I stepped foot out here, I just replayed all of the memories that I had here, and you almost want to start it all over again as a freshman,” said Nesseth, who recently signed with the American Association’s Fargo Moorhead RedHawks, who are in Lincoln for a three game series against the Saltdogs. “You’re just reminded of everything. Living just down the street, the football. cheap nfl jerseys I was always excited to come back, but you never know when you’ll get that chance.”
Nesseth, a 17th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, has bounced around the minor leagues since he signed. After spending four years in the Phillies organization, Nesseth was released earlier this season and landed with the Atlanta Braves’ High A Carolina Mudcats and the Double A Mississippi Braves. He had a 4.50 earned run average in four appearances with Mississippi. The RedHawks took a flier on him after the Braves released him in June.
“It’s been pretty crazy this last year,” Nesseth said. “It has been a roller coaster. With the Phillies it was great, they’re a great organization, but every year there’s a new crop coming in, there’s a draft every year, and you have to fight for your spot on the team.”
The road through the minors can be cutthroat, something Nesseth has come to understand and almost appreciate. He’s made an appearance in nearly every state and has called several different regions of the country home in his quest to break into the majors.
“You learn to adapt to everything. You live out of a suitcase and travel on a bus full of 25 guys, it’s a grind,” said Nesseth. “Once you start jumping around organizations, you just start to flow with it. You get so many highs, some lows, and it’s really tough, but you just have to try to stay in the middle. That’s the key.”
The hectic travel schedule hasn’t let Nesseth forget all the lessons on and off the field that the University of Nebraska taught him, however.
“The work ethic that was expected out of all of us to be part of the Nebraska program has stuck with me,” Nesseth said. “I always had a strong work ethic, but it was amped up when you’re playing for the university. It takes a strong commitment and they really brought the best out of me.”
Nesseth, who is 0 2 with 5.40 ERA and two saves this season, will continue to explore opportunities with big league affiliates as the season progresses.