The Inside Pitch: Navy Baseball Blog
April 8, 2013
Go Navy. Beat Army. For four years, we have heard it and seen it every day. I think back to my first game as a plebe, none of those seniors had a taste of winning the N-Star. The last few years we have came up short and unwilling to wear our varsity sweaters on the Yard.
In my first entry, I talked about doing things differently all winter, how we worked out harder. I even said, "we have shown up with the single mindset, to win". This team of 10 senior men went to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and knew what it felt like to be really good. But, let me tell how much it hurt to be bounced out of the playoff last year in two games. We all knew we needed to do a lot of things differently if we expected a different result.
The one thing we seniors realized is that we had strength in numbers. There were not just three of four guys trying to create an impact. Our 10-man class is the impact. We could affect the team, each one of us, and get the younger players to feel what we wanted to do and that was to win that N- Star.
It wasn't the easiest or best of starts for us this season. The road was full of potholes. At times it seemed like we were walking but not moving. The trip home from Florida was long, but motivating. The team knew we had to extend our effort and focus even sharper. We knew league play was getting close. Since then, each guy on the team took a personal pride in working harder and pushing one another. With each win since our spring break trip the confidence in each one of us grew, and so did our excitement. With each W, our belief within increased. Every day, we talked more boldly about changing our fate at West Point, and that winning tone was louder than I had ever heard.
We got on the bus the morning of the day before the game and knew this would be the time and that West Point would be the place where we would put the rest of the Academy on notice. Navy baseball was as good as any team on the Yard. Winning three of four games has not been done in a long time and taking back what has been lost for so many years was a proud moment for each player. This spring, we will now proudly wear our varsity sweaters - with the N-Star.
Never be Satisfied!