The pitcher of record with Bishop: Oct. 3
Hey Longhorn fans,
Welcome back to another week of Texas baseball. This marked the second week that official team practice was conducted in the fall, and we are starting to settle into our routines. The early morning workouts continued, as did our daily practices at the "Disch." With a full week of practice under their belts, the young guys were able to work on refining their skills and really began to play with some comfort and confidence, which is crucial in the development of a baseball player. Our returners are beginning to establish themselves as leaders with the absence of guys who have been such a mainstay in the lineup for the last three of four years.
One opportunity we have this year, with the new schedule, is to find out what our team has on a more consistent basis than before. In the past, for those of you who are not familiar with the old rules, we had two weeks of full team practice in the fall, but this year, with the season starting nearly a month later, we are able to have six weeks in the fall. While the previous years' two week period gave you a small taste of the potential our team would possess, we feel that six weeks is a period that will help determine what to expect from players on a much larger and much more accurate scale. It also gives the new guys a better
idea of how grueling a full season can be and the ways you need to treat your body in order to stay healthy and in shape.
Another new opportunity we will have this year is in the two exhibition games we will play at The Dell Diamond versus Baylor and Texas State, October 14 and 26, respectively. These games will give us a good taste of what we can expect in the upcoming season, and will also serve as a welcome change of scenery after beating up on each other for close to a month.
Off the field, I spent most of my time this past weekend relaxing. On Saturday, we went to the football game and watched several other football games on TV. My roommate Keith Shinaberry, his girlfriend Suzanne, and myself had a nice little feast Saturday night at a Texas landmark, The Salt Lick in Driftwood. Sunday afternoon, I spent most of the day watching NFL football. That about does it for last week's recap.
This weekend several of us are heading to Dallas for the Red River Rivalry at the State Fair of Texas. I'm looking forward to being able to spend a weekend at home with my family and friends in Rockwall, as well as going to the game and the fair. Make sure to check back next week for the upcoming week's baseball news!