Like it or not, baseball is officially over and the Yankees are champions. Tommy Lasorda is right, it is the saddest day of the year. Maybe that is why Dave Walters was out of the office today..or maybe it's because his beloved Phillies are traveling back to Philly today instead of taking batting practice for the would-be game seven (just kidding Dave, but I had to go there.) Regardless, baseball season has reached its end, and much like the professionals, baseball here at Guilford has slowed down for the remainder of the fall.
In college baseball, the fall season is almost always concluded with an "end of the year "meeting, where each player meets with the coaching staff individually to discuss their role on the team for the upcoming season. Once classes resumed after fall break, it was time for our meetings with Coach Black. My meeting went relatively smooth this year, but I suppose that is one of the advantages of being an upperclassmen. At some point in your four-year career, you must learn to be comfortable with your identity as a player and understand where you're fitting within the program. But as the individual meetings come to a close, the only thing left to do is gear up in the weight room to prepare for the grind that is a college baseball season. For those that do not know, we play somewhere around 40 games (except its about to more this year after we make our run through some postseason play) so it is easy to let your body wear down. Currently, we lift around three days a week with conditioning, and usually a steady diet of basketball, in between.
For me personally, however, the rest of the year is about focusing on my studies and getting everything ready for life after Guilford College. Registration for the spring semester begins next week, so that has been on my mind while the applications for law school are constantly looming and calling me from their position on my desk. Applications and the real world are a serious concerns, and probably among the most stressful items on my plate, but I have been trying to actually go out and enjoy my senior year whenever possible. Speaking of enjoying my time, I just realized that I leave for Tampa in less than three weeks and couldn't be more excited about not having to wear my crazy hat (if you haven't seen/worn it..you need to. It IS that awesome) in the cold North Carolina weather. But I believe that's pretty much all I have this time..kind of boring I know, I will try harder next time for all you haters. Shout out again to the World Champion Yankees..and hats off to hip hip Jorge Posada, just because he is my boy, and Mo Rivera..arguably the best closer in the history of the game. It is always crazy to witness history in progress, and make no mistake about it, no baseball franchise will ever win 27 World Series titles. That is just flat out ridiculous. Sorry..I am ranting when I should be doing homework. Thanks for stopping by though. I will have something new up in the next few days, maybe even talk about my upcoming article for the Guilfordian on Title IX (which is apparently a dirty, dirty word on campus.) Thanks again and until next time...be easy.
-- WC"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy." -- Arthur Ashe