Greetings Blugold Faithful!
Well, Mother Nature is speaking loud and clear again. We were able to get 3 games in on Sunday afternoon at Carson Park on the football field. It was actually a great atmosphere and much to my amazement, there were close to 150 people there! I think the novelty of playing on the football turf was intriguing, and that may have brought some people out, but possibly the fact that this was our first home game of the 2009 season, and, really, it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, very little wind, and now we really know what the TV announcers are talking about when they talk about the air temperature vs. the “temperature on the turf” at stadiums. It definitely was warmer on the turf, and I appreciated that!
We had a good day offensively on Sunday and everyone played again. Our pitchers need to cut down on walks – and if we can do that, we’ll be in good shape. But we gave opponents far too many free passes on Sunday.
So yesterday was our “off” day and we’ll be back at it again today, likely in the gym again. It’s really too bad we didn’t have a game scheduled yesterday – it was relatively warm, and Gelein Field was in great shape. I went out to Carson Park to check it out yesterday afternoon and it was beautiful! Every year I think that maybe our games should just be on a day-by-day basis – rather than schedule everything in advance, we should just leave the schedule blank and call each other like crazy the morning of a nice day. I know that’s not viable, but sometimes it seems like it would be less work.
We’re scheduled to play St. Norbert tomorrow at 3:00 in a DH – we’re not supposed to get a lot of precip today, and temps in the upper 30′s tomorrow may be the best we can do. If there’s not a lot of wind, we’ll likely go ahead and play. If temperature is the only factor, we can’t afford to cancel game after game after game and stockpile the season at the end of April again – that’s not good for anyone. Besides, I’ve seen plenty of games on the Big 10 Network where they’re playing in sub-freezing temps – it’s probably harder on the coaches and support staff than it is on the players!
Hope to see you at the park – bring your parka!