Beavers On The Road - Day 4
June 5, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - We've always been told that most states in the South get more rain on an annual and monthly basis than the state of Oregon. After yesterday's three-hour-plus rain delay, it's certainly not a myth.
Yesterday's rain delay came because not just one downpour, but multiple downpours. It almost seemed as though the start of the game was a tease. To get Florida Atlantic on the mound and then only then does it start raining, well, that was tough. And then when we thought it might let up, another storm came through and forced the delay to last even longer. Fortunately, for those of us in the press box, Florida's staff, as well as those from Florida Atlantic, were about as friendly and socialable as they come. We all knew it was a three-hour rain delay, but it didn't feel that long (I'm sure for those of you in Oregon it felt longer).
I'm not sure you can say that for the team's players as the Beavers had to find refuge in either the clubhouse or dugout. Of course, the clubhouse isn't connected to the dugout, however, and is located down the right field line. When you have a rain delay like we had yesterday, you really need to know where you want to be because when you get a downpour so strong, you can get drenched in just seconds. Nate Yeskie, in fact, was caught in the middle of the first downpour when coming in from the bullpen from beyond the right-field fence near the scoreboard. He made no rush to get to cover, though; yet, he was dry in about 10 minutes once the rain stopped. Go figure.
We did have a chance during the rain delay to confirm that, yes, there are gators in the lakes on campus, so what Marty Lees saw was indeed one. Apparently, they don't get much bigger than three feet or so as there's not much in the lake to eat. And there used to be quite a bit more, but they've dwindled in numbers in recent years.
It's currently Saturday morning and the coaches are getting scouting reports finalized on Florida. The players are in study hall and for those of us who have no official responsibilities right now - the select few of us - we're just hanging out and relaxing before a long night.
We had a ton of new followers on Twitter yesterday - more than 100 in fact - so if you haven't started following yet, make sure to do so. We'll update the high points of the game, and give you some facts and figures as they become available. And if we get another delay - which, of course, we hope doesn't happen - we'll keep you entertained with stories of gators and Osprey in the light standards (go back and scan the Twitter updates from yesterday to see what I mean).
Also, make sure to watch the game live on DirecTV and Dish Network tonight via the Sun Sports channel. If you don't have either of those providers, visit foxsportsflorida.com to watch a live stream, which from what I hear, is of great quality. And as always, you can listen to Mike Parker on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
So for now, Go Beavs!Hank Hager