Winter has arrived throughout the country, with NFL games being moved and rescheduled, and holiday flights being canceled and delayed. A large part of this winter surge has effected Concordia University. Today we got the news that our beloved “dome games” are being rescheduled. Normally we, as well as several other upper-midwest teams, start our season with double-headers in the Metrodome. As many of you know, the Metrodome roof collapsed under the weight of all the snow we have been receiving. This means that our previously scheduled 10 “dome games” will have to be rescheduled, and our season will now start March 5th in Orlando, Fla. This is not the worst thing that can happen for a guy trying to get back from off-season surgery, but regardless I am disappointed the season will be delayed.
Final exams finished up, and all the guys headed back to their respective hometowns to spend the holidays with friends and family. For me, this meant making the 924 mile drive from St. Paul, Minn. to Aurora, Colo. The trip takes me through Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and finally Colorado. One of the more interesting parts of the trip is driving on I-80 roughly two miles inside the Iowa-Nebraska border. There when you look up to the left you see Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, with its giant sign proclaiming “Home to the Men’s College World Series”. As all baseball fans know, Rosenblatt will meet its demise in the coming months as the D1 College World Series moves to its new digs in downtown Omaha, TC Ameritrade Stadium. But for now Rosenblatt still stands high up on the hillside as the pinnacle of college baseball.
With Christmas having come and gone, the first day of practice is drawing near. Practice for the Concordia University Golden Bears officially kicks off on January 17th inside the Concordia Dome at Sea Foam Stadium. Our inside facility will give us a chance to practice until we takeoff for Orlando in the first week of March. And from there on out, the season will be in full gear, leading up to the NSIC Tournament in May, and hopefully an NCAA Regional berth the weekend after that. Every player is responsible for keeping themselves in shape during this time, and doing what is necessary to prepare for the grueling season. Pitcher’s were issued a throwing schedule that began on December 20th. As part of my rehab from surgery I have been throwing since December 6th, including three sessions off the mound. My hip seems to be responding well, and I am excited to get back to school and into the routine of practice and the season.
Heading into the first day of practice, I know that I have to prove that I have worked my way back from surgery, and fill the role that way laid out at my end of fall meeting. I know that if I am successful throwing strikes early in January and February I will have the chance to eat up a lot of innings this season. I am excited for the season, as the first day of practice is now just 20 days away.
Happy New Year College Baseball fans, See you all in 2011!