By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Britton Scheibe plays in the North County MABL located in San Diego in the 18-over division. We’ll let him explain his History!
“I started playing in 1999 after retiring from a seven-year professional career after being drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1992. I joined a team called the Vista White Sox and played two seasons with them. The manager decided he wanted to pursue a professional golf career, gave me the team gear bag and said the team is now yours. The San Diego Knights were born in 2001 and have been going strong ever since.
My oldest son was born in 2001 and he now plays with us when he isn’t in his school season. Many of my teammates have been with me since he was born so he has grown up around these guys and to get to suit up with him has always been a dream for both of us. My 14 -year old wants me to play long enough for him to join us as well. That will make me 51 when he is 18 so it could be a challenge in the 18+ division, but I’m going to try.
Last year we hit a milestone with our 500th win as a team. It’s a testament to longevity, but more than anything having a great group of guys who battle week in and week out and play the game hard.”
What is your biggest takeaway from our current coronavirus outbreak? When something you love to do is taken away from you like playing baseball, it definite makes you appreciate it all the more. But, also when you are a part of a team and have good camaraderie you still find ways to connect through group text messages, phone calls or video chats. So even when we can’t be together on the field we can be together virtually and still be socially responsible.
What are you doing to stay engaged with baseball? I have two sons, ages 14 and 18, who both play. We have a tee and net in our yard for soft toss. We also throw regularly to keep our arms in shape so we are ready to go when things clear up. We also go hit at a local field and still make sure we are being responsible and socially distancing. We are working hard to also participate in this year’s MSBL World Series.
“We’ve taken this time to try to connect more with family and friends over video calls,” said Britton. We’re just trying to make sure we all stay engaged and encourage each other. I’d just encourage everyone to reflect on how lucky we are to live where we do and to get to play each week. Don’t take each day or game for granted because it can all be taken away from you. But most of all this will all pass and we will be back on the field again shortly!”