Friday, May 8, 2009

End of Week 6

With week 6 of the term winding down and the final weekend of baseball set for tomorrow and Sunday I thought that I would blog a little bit. Let's make no mistake that 2009, personally and from a team standpoint, has been disappointing. We are no where close to where we wanted to be and I feel heartbroken for the Seniors going out like this and so should everybody else involved. I'll point the finger at myself because I was nothing short of atrocious this season and it was hard coping with not being a contributor to the team like I planned on being. This isn't me hanging my head or lacking confidence, its acknowledging and evaluating my play and the standard I hold myself to. It will provide me more determination and more fire this off-season to want to come back physically and mentally above where I have been in the past as well as exhibit more leadership on and off the field.

I can promise you this....... we will not go through another season of embarrassment as we did this year. We will learn how to close games out and beat teams more consistently when we have games in hand. The players on the field control what happens in the course of the games and too many times this has fallen out of sight. I myself have been a victim of finding blame or reason for something that hasn't gone our way. I look forward to competing with the other teams in the CCIW for our team goal: a conference championship. One Team, One Goal is a motto that I am throwing out there for next season. No individual accolades because that doesn't get you anywhere and this is an issue that will be addressed.

As for this weekend, I advise all the guys to treat Mom extra special on Sunday. I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to my mom, Barb, who has always been there for me no matter what the situation. I love you very much Mom and can't wait to see you Sunday.

End the week and the season on a high note. Hope to see you all out Saturday and Sunday. Thanks again for all the blog support this season. JMO 7

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Life is Bigger than Baseball

JMO

There haven't been many times that I personally have been involved in something that is bigger than the game itself and we all had the privilege of witnessing a remarkable event yesterday. A few days ago Aurora Catcher Ray Kosmicki lost his father. The very next day, Senior day for the Spartans, Ray opted to play with a heavy heart. I found it admirable that one of our baseball peers could muster the strength and play at a high level after such an emotional 24 hours. None of us know Ray but I can tell you that is something that I will never forget. The strength he displayed to everyone at the ballpark is overwhelming and I can't praise the kid enough for the toughness he showed. Many of us went up to the plate for our first AB and tapped his shinguards signaling that we were thinking of him. Of course all of our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family at this difficult time.

As for the game itself. The Cardinals were victorious 12-8 thanks to a strong offensive performance from Freshman phenom Joe Turek and Senior relief pitcher Joe Gaza. Turek's been mashing the ball all year and he will be a headache for many teams the next 3 years. Gaza is ending his career at North Central and has strung together strong appearances his last three times out. Congrats to those guys. The season is winding down and our goal is to take the last three scheduled ballgames to try and leave on a high note and build on something for next season. Have a terrific Tuesday everyone