SALT LAKE CITY — Patience is a virtue.
Humbling words indeed, and from an athlete's perspective it seems much more frustrating than most can imagine.
Andrew Romine recently returned from nearly a month with the parent Los Angeles Angels ballclub and talked about his chance to take the field as an Angel.
"Just getting to play, whether it's here or in the big leagues or anywhere, that is what I want to do," noted Romine.
In Saturday's outing batting in the leadoff spot, Romine was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Salt Lake Bees' 6-4 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies.
The first call-up in May saw Romine suit up for the Halos, but remain in the dugout as a spectator.
"Last time was frustrating," admitted Romine. "I didn't get to help the team, so it was a little frustrating having to sit and watch, but this time I got to play and did well, so it felt good."
The second time around in the big leagues brought paydirt for the infielder, where in the four games he played in, Romine had four hits and an RBI for the Halos.
Romine was also keen on the idea of learning from the guys in the major leagues, waiting patiently for the time to prove his worth while also taking in what each player has in their game.
"Definitely patience comes into play, but at the same time there are things you can always learn by watching, especially at that level," admitted Romine. "There's something you can learn every day just by watching somebody different."
One thing, or rather one person that stood out for Romine with L.A. was former Bees slugger Mike Trout.
"Michael Trout is a freak of nature," joked Romine. "I don't even think he realizes how special he is when it comes to baseball."
NOTEBOOK: It wasn't picture perfect, and the final score nearly says it all. Salt Lake made strides to take control of the game, but a few minor mistakes were the difference. A critical double play in the bottom of the ninth slammed the door shut on a possible Bees victory.
REHABING: Chris Iannetta began his rehab stint with Salt Lake on Saturday, going 1-for-3 through five innings. In his second game with the Bees, Vernon Wells went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases through seven innings.
THE DUDE ABIDES: Paul McAnulty put some good wood on the ball in the bottom of the sixth inning, slugging a home run for his 15th of the season.