This year marks the 25th season of Harrisburg Senators’ baseball returning to City Island. To commemorate the anniversary and honor all of the ballplayers that have played here for the last 25 years, I’ll be posting interviews throughout the season with members of each of those past teams.
Today, we continue the series with Leonard Davis who was with Harrisburg for parts of the 2008-2010 seasons. Davis batted a combined .290 with 23 home runs and 79 runs batted in over 155 games for the Senators.
What are your fondest memories of playing here in Harrisburg?
Leonard Davis: Just the fans.The fans are awesome to all the players that are there. We all had a great time. They showed all the players great respect and I loved playing there.
One of your assets is an ability to play almost anywhere in the field (as you regularly played all three OF positions, third base, and second base). How difficult is it to constantly be moved around like that especially during the course of a game?
LD: You just have to be prepared for whatever they got going for you. I knew my role when I came in and I knew I was going to play a lot of outfield and back to the infield occasionally. Wherever you can get some ABs to keep you in that lineup you’ll do whatever it is.
Over parts of the least three seasons you saw firsthand the changes and improvements made to the stadium to turn it into a gem of minor league baseball. What did you think of the ballpark’s transformation?
LD: From what it was before, it was unreal. Just playing there in that environment with the changes brought more crowds. All around it’s just a great park to play at.
Fill the readers in on where you are this season and how you’ve been since last here in Harrisburg.
LD: I’m still playing…trying to get back to where I need to belong. Everybody dreams of getting to the major leagues. I feel like I’m going in the right direction now to get there. I’m playing for the New Jersey Jackals, an independent team out here in New Jersey. It’s a great, great team. We’re battling for the first or second spot right now. I’m hitting the ball well. My family is supporting me 100 percent no matter what I do. I just have to keep moving forward no matter what obstacles are in my way. I’m just excited to keep playing. I’m blessed to have a job. Joe (Calfapietra) is a great manager; I have great teammates and we all pick each other up. It’s just great being out here and still playing.
Thanks to Mr. Davis for taking the time out of his schedule to answer our questions and be a part of the rich tradition of Senators baseball. We wish him all the best and continued success on his baseball journey.
We also wish to thank Cody Chrusciel with the New Jersey Jackals for arranging and facilitating the interview.