06/30/2023 9:35 AM
Article By: Brian Butler
Cape Cod has been something of a second home for Harvard righthander Jay Driver for most of his life. Originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts, Driver spent a lot of time on the Cape as a child, and grew up attending many Cape League games, dreaming of one day setting foot on those same fields. Now back for his second year, Driver has appreciated the opportunity to live that dream.
“Being a player [here] is something I’ve always dreamed of and is just an experience that I’m really cherishing. I [saw] a little bit of everything. I went to a lot of Wareham Gatemen games, and got to Chatham and Bourne a little bit. I have never been to a Hyannis game before so it was a new experience for me playing at McKeon Park, but I love it,” said Driver of his experiences as a child.
Driver returned to McKeon Park for his second summer with the Harbor Hawks, following a season at Harvard where he transitioned into the weekend rotation after primarily assuming a bullpen role in years past. He also touched on the differences in preparation, both physical and mental, that the different roles require.
“As a starter, you’re only throwing once a week, so being able to plan out your weekly routine a little more in terms of getting lifting and recovery in, as well as side throwing. As a reliever, you have to be ready to throw more times throughout the week, especially in summer ball. [I’ve] just been getting my body prepared to handle longer outings, but also … only one outing a week.”
“I’m just trying to put myself in a position to showcase what I’m capable of. I’m just looking forward to getting out here for the second time and facing some really talented hitters and trying to show my best stuff.”
With the unpredictability of the draft, Driver knows he has to do everything he can to go with the flow. The process is undeniably difficult but he is prepared to help any team that gives him the chance.
“I obviously don’t have any control over it. Honestly, I’m just excited to get to work for any ball club that picks me. I’m looking forward to continuing my career in pro ball. [Right now] I’m just trying to come to the ballpark prepared to be the best version of myself every day. I’d be happy anywhere.”
Driver is a big name for the upcoming draft, and preparing for that is crucial. However, he’s also trying to take the time to enjoy living out his childhood dreams of playing in the Cape League. While the draft process is difficult, he’s taking the time to ensure he appreciates the moments out here that he imagined one day having.