Feb. 23, 2011
Welcome to Captains Corner. This season, captains Kolby Wood and Anthony Toth will be taking you on a journey of what it's like in the life of a member of this team. We all hope you enjoy it, and let us know if there's anything particular any of you would like to hear about.
February 17, 2011 - Anthony Toth
After a long winter and many practices inside Oosterban, we finally get to head down to Florida and start the long-awaited season. Currently, we are all sitting in the airport after downing way too much McDonald's breakfasts (no one tell our nutritionist that) waiting for our flight. As soon as we get down to St. Petersburg, it's a quick check-in to the hotel, unpack our bags, and the first practice outside. The weather forecast for the weekend is perfect... 75 to 80 degrees with "abundant sunshine". Our very own Matt Gerbe might even be able to work in a little tan so it doesn't look like we're throwing Casper-the-Ghost up on the mound.
Our practices during the winter were outstanding. All together, except for the first day, we had the most consistent practices since I've been here, which is around the time President Ford was still in school. If you are wondering what happened on that first day of practice, just ask freshman Brett Winger how his relationship with Coach Maloney quickly became a headache. Just kidding... but seriously, ask Brett about the first day of practice.
We have a lot to look forward to this season. The fact that we have the most challenging schedule in program history might raise some concerns, but believe me when I say that we are ready. We have an incredible opportunity right off the bat. Just two wins in this first weekend will put us back in the top 25 rankings. So, while we're away from home for the first five weeks of competition, stay updated on us. We can't wait to be back home in front of our beloved fans.
February 21, 2011 - Anthony Toth
There's no other way to say it... the weekend quickly went from disappointment to frustration. We didn't end up on the winning end in any of our first three games, but on top of that, we got stuck in Nashville, Tenn., due to the great weather that we get in the Detroit area.
Despite not coming up victorious this weekend, there were a lot of positive signs to be noticed. For starters, we hit the ball really well even though sometimes the center-fielder of the opposing team didn't have to move to catch it. But hey, that's baseball. We also saw some pitchers compete in a very positive way. With such a young team we're going to need guys to step up who haven't experienced success in the past... and this weekend some guys showed that they were capable of doing so.
After our game against UConn on Sunday, we quickly hopped on a plane in hopes to make it home all the way to Detroit with a quick layover in Nashville. Mother Nature had other plans for us, though, and our connecting flight home was cancelled before we even landed in Nashville. The next available flight to Detroit wouldn't be until 8:25pm CST on Monday. Thankfully, our 22-year-old Director of Baseball Operations who actually looks like he's 40, was prepared for the worst and we quickly checked into an awesome hotel. On Monday, we were able to practice at Lipscomb University. No matter what is thrown our way, we always manage to get our work in. And, finally, after a 24-hour delay we made it home to Ann Arbor. Now, we have just two days until we hop on another plane down to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to face Rutgers and the New York Mets.
Thanks for checking in to the first post of Captain's Corner 2011. Next, you'll hear from Kolby Wood. He'll have plenty of time to blog since we all know he won't be doing push-ups like he should.