May 14, 2007
Hello there again Wave Fans! It's been a while since I've updated Captain's Corner, and for that I apologize. It's been a rough stretch for us to say the least, and I was hoping to post again after a victorious weekend but decided it has been long enough and there's no sense in avoiding our struggles anymore. Losing is not something we are accustomed to in the Tulane Baseball family, and is not something I hope we ever get used to. It's been tough to stomach for all of us.
Any team you see on the baseball field is a culmination of vision and hard work that begins years before that team ever sets foot on the field together. The recruiting process is long and rigorous and critical to the success of every team. Year in and year out we bring in the best of the best - the elite baseball talent in the country comes through our program here. Once here that talent competes against one another in the weight room, on the track, in the cages and on the field to establish themselves and prove that they are ready to be a part of a storied program like ours.
The coaches here have mastered the process of taking the talent that comes into the program, maneuvering it, refining it, and molding it into a winning product. History shows that this program has won more games than just about any other program in the country over the last 10 years. That's what makes this season so tough to understand and to justify.
I can honestly say that the talent of this year's club is neck and neck with any that we've fielded in my five years here (and that includes the famous 2005 team). If you look at our lineup you're talking about fielding a professional baseball prospect at every position on the field, every single day! Not many teams can say that. Our pitching staff has as many quality arms as I've seen a college team assemble - we've got some guys with big league stuff and big league competitiveness. You look at a team hitting .290, fielding .975 and pitching at a 4.00 ERA and you think "how can this team be losing?"
There's nowhere to point the finger but at ourselves. We've all been trying to find different ways to motivate each other, to push each and to give each other the confidence to get back to being Tulane. We just haven't been good enough at the fundamentals and consistent enough in our approach to the game to have the success we are used to having. I think we've gotten too focused on trying to win and not focused enough on how to win. Trying to win doesn't do anything except put attention and focus on a result without providing an action plan. How do we win? We win by throwing strikes, catching the ball and making good throws, putting good swings on the ball, getting our bunts down, running the bases properly, etc. It's tough to stay focused on the process when the product you desire becomes too important.
This program was built on guys who wanted to win, and knew what they had to do to win. This team has those same types of guys on it all the way up and down the roster - we've just gotten away from the confidence and swagger that we had before, the attitude that says "I'm going to do my job, whatever it is, to help this team win today!"
That is the attitude we are going to get back to - and just in time for the conference tournament! It may not be the road we are used to traveling to get to the NCAA tournament, but if winning the conference tournament is the road we must take this year we are prepared to do it! And you know what? Call me crazy, but I still like our chances!
Coming into the season I would have put our team up against anyone in a tournament, and I still believe that. We are due to start playing our best baseball! We've worked too hard and we have too much talent on this team not to! Every year you always hope to play your best baseball come post season. Well, the post season is just around the corner and we are excited to start playing our best baseball: Tulane Baseball.
The last thing I will say to you all out there who read this is please, don't give up on this season! You have all been there with us through this and thin! The guys in the dugout aren't giving up, and we are hard at work getting ready to win the conference tournament and a trip to the Regionals! We need you now more than ever!
Thanks so much for all of your support throughout these struggles, and remember - the struggles and adversity that we have to endure make the triumph even more sweet when it's all said and done. Keep believing in this team and this program! We are down, but not out!