Jacob Colwell, a senior at Saint Mary's University (Winona, MN) studying Sports Management, has taken on the challenge of contacting many former Rochester Honkers players and coaches. He wanted to see what they are doing now and some of their favorite memories of playing in Rochester. Below you will enjoy his discoveries as we present……Flashback Fridays!
Kevin Davis – Middle Tennesse State
1998, 1999 Rochester Honker
Family Photo of Kevin, Son Grant (6), Wife Stacy, Daughter Morgan (9)
What’s your favorite memory while playing for the Rochester Honkers?
KD: The fondest memory I have is level of competition that the league provided. Every night we played against eventual pros. The best personal memory I have holding records for saves, appearances and games finished. I think I still hold a few of them.
What’s your favorite non playing memory from your time with the Rochester Honkers (Host Family, Experience, Bus Ride, etc.)
KD: By far the best memory of that summer is meeting my eventual wife. Stacy Groettum was an intern for the Honkers. We began dating in mid-June 1998 and eventually got married in 2002. The funny thing about the situation is Litz had strict rules against employees dating players. So we had to try and hide the relationship. Once he found out he was good with it. I believe he still uses our wedding picture as a warning to interns.
Who was your favorite teammate when you played for the Rochester Honkers and why?
KD: Lawrence Whitley. We were much alike but yet so different. I was from Southern Indiana and he was from the West Coast.
What has happened to you since you left Rochester and what are you doing now?
KD: Blew my arm out and had Tommy John surgery. Recovered and played 2 more years at Middle Tennessee State University. Graduated and moved back to Indiana. Got married and began teaching and coaching. We have 2 children Morgan 9 and Grant 6. Three years ago I became the Athletic Director at our High School.
What was your biggest realization while playing for the Rochester Honkers?
KD: That there are some very talented baseball players out there. Also the Northwoods league prepares you for the life in Pro Baseball. More than anything, I realized I could play at that level.
Do you still stay in contact with former teammates? If so who?
KD: Yeah, Facebook allows me to stay in contact with a lot of my former teammates from my college team to the Honkers.