Ask former Nebraska pitcher Steve Fish where home is, and he will tell you Marriott.
He only half jokes.
Before he arrived in Lincoln to attend the Nebraska Baseball Reunion on Friday and Saturday, Fish had been on the road, nonstop, since Jan. 10.
His itinerary went exactly like this:
Philadelphia to Los Angeles to Sydney to Guam to Sydney to Perth to Dubai to Singapore to Dubai to Perth to Dubai to Abu Dhabi to Nairobi to London to New York.
Now, to Lincoln, for a long-awaited opportunity to connect with former teammates.
“I haven’t had a chance to come back for this in 15 years,” Fish said. “It happened to work out. There was a Facebook messenger group that came through and I’m like, ‘Gosh, this finally works out.’ ”
Fish, among many jobs, is a scout for the Boston Red Sox in charge of covering Southeast Asia, parts of the Middle East, Africa and Australia, where he moved in 2008, to Perth, to become Development Manager and High-Performance Manager for Baseball Western Australia.
Fish managed a professional club, the Perth Heat of the ABL, affiliated with Major League Baseball’s winter league. Former Husker Alvie Shepherd, for instance, played there while in the Orioles’ organization. Fish won two ABL titles in three years managing the Heat.
Fish has also coached the Australian National Team and the Australian 18U National Team for the past five years. In 2015, he managed the 18U National team to a fourth-place finish at the World Cup, and in 2017 the 18U team finished fifth at the World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Fish usually does not return to the United States until around June 1 but was able to create more time this year to be with his four children – two in Philadelphia, and two in Perth, exactly 12 time zones apart, on opposite sides of the world, in different hemispheres.