Breaking It Down With Bailey

May 27, 2009

This last weekend was way less intense than the previous weekend, making for a very lame celebration when we finally got a berth to the World Series. For those of you who watched on TV, when we won on Sunday you may have seen a-less-than-enthusiastic Washington team, but trust me, we're excited to be in Oklahoma City again.

Georgia Tech had a couple hecklers and some great plays (the centerfielder made some amazing grabs so she definitely deserves some props) but for some reason it didn't feel like a Super Regional atmosphere. I remember my freshman year when we were at home for Supers and our fans were what made it exciting! We actually had quite a fan base out in Atlanta and that was great that all of them could come out!

It was nice to see a little pop out of our bats this weekend, with five home runs and numerous other solid line drives (thanks Mizuno guys!)

I was put in charge of a 'Flip' video camera by ESPN so we could track our journey through the postseason. You may catch a few glimpses here and there while watching some of the games! We had a lot of fun despite the dismal weather (Saturday after our game there was a huge rainstorm that literally drenched all of us to the bone on the short walk from the dugout to the bus... I had never seen rain like this before). It was so weird how it was hot and overcast. I hated it. Haha!

Tuesday morning was an early one for us. We flew out of Atlanta at 8 a.m. and arrived in OKC around 10:30 Central time. We got some lunch, had batting practice and then had some dinner. Later that night, we went to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium for a 'Party at the Park' where we mingled with the seven other teams and with fans that consisted mostly of young aspiring softball players under the age of 13. There was an ice cream social and fireworks to wrap up the ceremonies.

But the story of the night was Danielle Lawrie's prestigious award: NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR, BABY!! It is something I definitely think she deserves and has earned with all her hard work over the years! She is an amazing individual and is definitely the most deserving of this award (I might be a little biased about that considering she is my teammate, but obviously other people agree).

Wednesday we had media day where we had to do little snippets for commercials and intros for game day. It took place outside at 9 a.m. and it was windy and FREEZING! But it was a lot of fun. After that we got to practice for a couple hours and get to know the field a little bit.

Now it's time for us to get focused. We have been on the road for two weeks now (going on three) and we are finally where we have wanted to be all year. This is what we have worked for all year and essentially all our lives. Might as well make the most of it, right?!

Keep watching on ESPN or (if you're in class and can't make it to a TV) and look out for some 'Flip' footage!

Quote: 'All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you're not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no, until all the no's become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, Quite firmly and very quickly. AND YOU WILL TELL THEM YES' -Nike

This is a good quote for our program because I don't think we have ever gotten the recognition we have deserved or earned over the last 16 years of existence. We are always overshadowed by fellow Pac-10 opponents. But we have a will to win and I am very proud of where our team has gotten so far. Keep up the good work team!

Stay classy and GO DAWGS!!
Love, 20

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