The Inside Pitch: Navy Baseball Blog
March 22, 2013
Last week it was on to spring break with sun and warm weather. Finally, we had a forecast that defined "baseball weather". We were in Florida! Defying the cold for so many weeks was really tough, but for a week spent our days eating, sleeping, and breathing baseball in great weather. Spending that much time together, we also had a chance to really grow and to get to know the man next to us - the man behind the glove. The trip down to the RussMatt Invitational is always filled with anticipation and excitement.
We have gone to Florida the last few years, and it has just been a great place to play baseball. The tournament is a big draw, with 200 teams participating each year. This year we saw some really good competition, including top-25 Indiana. When playing baseball in Florida for a week, you not only think about the game we all love, but also find out about who we all are as teammates. Winning the final game before coming back home was a lift and a feeling we will carry into the final games prior to league play.
It wasn't just about sun and baseball either. This trip was highlighted with a visit to one of our biggest fans in Florida. Like last year, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Springer graciously opened their house to the team and parents for a great event.
Following dinner, there were a couple of speakers who really "talked to us." Three men - all former midshipmen - shared their thoughts. Each of these men, now private citizens, spoke from their hearts. Each in their own way talked about life since the Academy with words of encouragement we can take well into our futures. We were given a reminder that "good is the enemy of great." That we should never settle to just be good. That we should look for opportunity, to go make things happen when we have the chance during our tenure in the military, and after. Finally, we were given a verbal pat on the back because joining the military in this day and time with the strife in the world demonstrates the kind commitment we are all making.
We are back on the Yard now and ready for our last series before league play starts. We know what it takes to win and close games have taught us how to pull together. Never be Satisfied!