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A different Illini baseball player will fill in readers throughout the week on the team's weeklong trip to Curacao and Aruba. Today's entry comes from both Michael Massey and Jack Yalowitz:

Sunshine, warm weather, baseball and the best teammates in college baseball ... Not a bad way to spend Thanksgiving break, if you ask me.

Hey, Illini fans. It’s Michael Massey here with Jack Yalowitz. This past week has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life, from getting the opportunity to work with young kids from the islands to having the opportunity to play against some great competition.

I think my favorite part of the trip was hiking a 1,500-foot mountain with my teammates and getting the opportunity to see Curacao from its highest point. This week will be something I never forget and it has made me even prouder to be an Illini.

As for me, Yalowitz, this past week has been one of the most unbelievable experiences of my life. Getting the chance to be in Curacao and Aruba with my brothers doing what we love is a dream come true.

We had the opportunity to hike mountains, tour caves, swim in the clearest water I’ve ever seen, work with kids and play baseball.

I love this game, I love this team and I love this school.

I-L-L!