I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
The team is now 2-3.
After losing each of their first three games by only one run (two games in extra innings), the men broke out the bats in Port St. Lucie for the first victory under the new coach.
Sophomore James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned the win on the mound, scattering six hits and allowing just a run with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. At the plate, junior Michael O'Neill belted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left in the eighth inning. O'Neill joined senior Patrick Biondi with two hits on the day, as Biondi drove in and scored a pair of runs.
For more details, MGoBlue LINK.
A doubleheader against Fordham tomorrow, and then they get to face the Mets (yes, [some of] those Mets) in an exhibition.
Good day for both teams of bat-and-ball-slingers.
With the winter storms passing through the midwest for the past couple of days, I thought this might be a nice reminder to everyone that spring, she is a comin'.
Like a lot of people that grew up in the Detroit area, I grew up listening to Ernie Harwell calling Tigers games. This time of year, it was always nice to hear him recite "The Voice of the Turtle".
Although I haven't posted a video in so long that I forgot how, I'd rather try and fail than post a link to the Free Press article that reminded me of this. Here's a version from youtube:
Okay. I had this once, then screwed it up. Here's a link to the youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr0wonW9u1A
...and I'll try this again (JEEBUS).
So, I know this is way, way OT, but it's just too good to pass up.
Long recognized super-genius and Orator to kings and Gods alike, Jose Canseco, explains gravity. <<link
Is he setting up an insanity defense for something the feds are after him for? Or is this just a cautionary tale about the dangers of roids?
Over the weekend, Michigan Baseball began their 2013 campaign out in Berkeley against cal. It was also the debut of the Erik Bakich era here.
Friday, Michigan went down 5-4 in 11 innings.
Saturday, Michigan lost 6-5 in 10 innings after leading most of the game.
And today, Michigan lost 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th on cal walkoff RBI.
Certainly all close games that could have gone either way for the young team but a strong showing nonetheless.
Stats from Friday: Trent Szkutnik (Loss; 0-1); RBIs: Biondi, Sexton, Delaney. Runs: O'Neill, White, Martin, Cronenworth
Stats from Saturday: Jacob Cronenworth (Loss; 0-1) RBIs: O'Neill, Maezes (2), Cronenworth. Runs: Biondi (2), O'Neill, Cronenworth, Delaney.
Stats from Sunday: Alex Lakatos (Loss; 0-1) RBIs: None. Runs: O'Neill
Top weekend performer: Michael O'Neill, 3 runs, 1 RBI
Michigan will head to their home away from home in Port St. Lucie, FL (home of the Mets spring home whom are owned by alumnus Fred Wilpon) where they will play fordham on Friday, twice on Saturday in a doubleheader and will take on the New York Mets in an exhibition Sunday.
|2/15||at California||L 4-5 (11)||4:30pm|
|2/16||at California||L 5-6 (10)||4pm|
|2/17||at California||L 1-2||10am|
|2/24||at New York Mets (ex)||Noon|
Interesting article from Angelique Chengelis—Erik Bakich remakes Michigan baseball with mental training, community presence—in advance of Michigan baseball's first game tomorrow.
"The reason we do perspective posters and visit the hospitals is so these guys have a true appreciation for how fortunate they are," Bakich said. "But also with baseball, you build up these bottom-of-the-ninth, game-winning situations like they're life and death. When we actually go visit people who really have struggled with life and death, you understand we're playing a kid's game. We can actually perform better knowing it's not really a life-or-death situation. It's about execution and we'll make the opponent make it life or death."
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Bakich has enlisted the help of Brian Cain, a mental conditioning coach who has worked with several college baseball programs. Cain's purpose is to give players tools to understand the mental aspects of baseball.
"They've learned how to implement routines and use breathing and visualization and self-talk to not only help them maintain their confidence, but be able to focus on one pitch at a time," Bakich said. "Brian has been great for routine implementation and getting these guys to stick to the process."
And part of that process is, very simply, having the players work on their breathing, whether he's a pitcher, hitter, or playing defense.
The players also have been taught to recognize "signal lights," when game situations are getting tight and players begin to talk to themselves negatively. Every player, Bakich said, has a release, whether it's kicking dirt, taking his helmet off or adjusting his batting glove. Next, the player finds his personal focal point, whether it's the left-field foul pole or a spot on the bat, for example, and he then returns to positive thinking.
And here's the official Michigan baseball preview video:
UPDATE: Michael O'Neill was named to 50-man preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award