Friday, May 21, 2010

The Power of 10

There's an old saying that all good things must come to an end. But what about great things? I guess they are not immune either as our postseason run came to an end yesterday. The resurgence of Cardinal baseball will have to be put on hold until next fall, officially. But the truth is, next year has already begun.

It's good to have an end to journey toward but it's the journey that matters in the end. 2010 was an amazing year! I would like to thank the senior class for their part in this great season. As Fit mentioned yesterday in his postgame remarks, they have endured their share of losses. But they are redeemed after one of the best years in school history and the best turnaround in nearly forty years. And they are rewarded for grinding it out for four years and not packing it in because the situation was difficult. They can walk around campus and across the stage in a few weeks with their heads held high knowing they helped give recruiting pitches new life. No longer are our goals and our vision just lip service. They now have an identity. The next time anyone from this class returns to The Zimm, they can look proudly upon the newly-painted "2010" that will appear on the side of the stadium knowing they were the architects of the return of Cardinal baseball.

I would also like to thank the entire team for renewing my beliefs in hard work and sacrifice. For renewing the notion that great things will happen if you are willing to put in the work. Too many times these are just buzzwords that go unrewarded. All year we talked about "Deserving to Win: and how no one is going to give us anything. Well, we deserved it! From the first 6am workout in the fall to the last 5am practice in the winter, we put in the work. There is not a magic formula to accomplishing what we did. There is no secret to winning. The only way to get there are with the usual suspects: blood, sweat and tears...and a lot of elbow grease. It also takes everyone on the team to be on the same track. To believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. This year, we got through the tunnel; and for ten weeks we were kings, and that is something that should fuel us for the next three months until we can begin a new journey.

Finally, I would like to thank our fans and mostly our parents, whose support all season made it all the more fun to go to the ballpark. For the dozens of cars that faithfully followed us to Ohio and Florida, and who monopolized parking lots across the CCIW. We played not only for ourselves and each other on the field, but for everyone that has ever supported us. For everyone who has sacrificed part of their own lives to give us the opportunity for success. For everyone who put their lives on hold so they could share in the journey. This is also for you.

To all in the Cardinal family, thank you for a great season! Despite it being the end of the season, there are still a few more posts on the way. Stay tuned for the Player's Choice Awards, a few videos, and some other odds and ends. Until next time...