May 15, 2013
As the old saying goes, "it ain't over until the fat lady sings", well ladies and gentleman the Navy baseball family heard her sing this past weekend. I have to say that it was tough finishing our season. We ended on a down note, but we sure had our real up times, too. That one thing we are taught from the day we enter the United States Naval Academy is to Beat Army and win the N-Star. Our Navy baseball family can finally say we accomplished that mission after an entire decade. What a high note that is!
The work for this senior class started in August with a mindset to push each other and grow together as a unit. There were lessons learned on our journey too. One the biggest lessons we learned as a team from Coach Kostacopoulos was to "be loyal to each other and our team." That idea of loyalty goes a long way when you're trying to build a unit. It was pretty clear that as we practiced each day, we grew as players, as men, and as a family with that idea of loyalty. The cohesion we experienced on a daily basis is what led us to having success. Yes, we did not get to where we wanted to be in the end, but we were able to overcome a hurdle that 10 teams before us could not. As far as I am concerned, that is something this team can be proud of forever.
Our seniors were the true leaders on this team and over the last four years they have had a lot of experience and were able to instill that knowledge in the younger players. It was awesome to see the seniors sit and just talk about baseball to those younger, less experienced guys. What was even more exciting was watching those younger players take what they just heard and bring that to their game. That knowledge and "classroom" work will only help this Navy baseball team to success in the future.
It's hard to say goodbye to your team and the game that we 10 seniors have played and loved for our almost our entire lives, but this experience will never leave us. Many of our classmates who have played varsity sports always talk about ending their career and retiring from the sport that has consumed for their entire lives. Well, I am convinced that my fellow nine seniors will never retire from this game. Yes, they may not be playing it for a while, but somehow each of them will be seen playing or coaching in between the white lines somewhere down the road. Hearing the sounds of bats cracking, the smell of hotdogs on the grill, and fans cheering will forever live in us no matter where we go.
Best of luck to our seniors and congratulations on a great career playing the greatest game on earth!
GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!
J. Schoberl `13
Never be Satisfied!