Bethesda, Maryland was where I spent my 2017 summer playing for the Big Train. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the team or the organization. That being said, it was probably the team’s best year to date, we won the league championship and ended up ranked the #1 summer collegiate team.
They don’t have any trouble housing or feeding players. I spent the summer with my college roommate in a spacious basement hosted by an incredible family. Big Train also spared no expense to feed the players. We had a Whole Foods meal before every game and got fed after every game as well – probably the best you will be treated outside of the Cape.
Not only was the team good, the Cal Ripken League was impressive as well. The majority of teams were filled with Division 1 ball players so the pitching and hitting were both good.
This summer (2018), the Big Train and their rival The Baltimore Red Birds were co-champions due to poor weather conditions. The series was split, a game each but unfortunately they were unable to get the final game in.
I’m proud to have played for the Big Train and if you have the opportunity to play for them I highly recommend it.
Click the link to see the impressive list of Big Train Alumni.
Why is the Big Train Successful?
Big Train treats their players right. You go back to college and when your coach asks you how your summer was, you tell him it was great. Not only that, you tell him the league is pretty damn good too.
You tell your coach you faced good competition, they fed you well, you got a free gym membership for the month, and you had a great time. In return for Big Train’s great hospitality, your college coach sends his best guys every summer.
Fortunately for the Big Train they pull in 400-500 fans per game so they get good revenue from the tickets and have a great sponsors. This allows them to do the great things they do for the players and still make enough money to bring in a profit. They really have the business down pat.