The Baker's Blog From Omaha
June 19, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - Baker's Blog #2-Oy Oy! I feel like all we do is eat around here. We get up around 8:30 for breakfast at 9. We practice for a few hours, and then go to lunch. Then we have a team function or something and then dinner. Then we'll participate in something else and by about 10pm I'm hungry again.
Not that I am complaining about this, but I have never eaten so good or so much in all my life. Needless to say, Omaha knows good food. We had a really good day today. Our team is very focused, yet there is a relaxed type atmosphere which brings out the best in each player. We all know what we bring to the team and do not try and do more. We're just us, and that's good enough to beat anyone out there.We ate at Millard's Roadhouse, and of course, more filet mignon. It's a pretty home style restaurant with great service. After lunch, we were on our own for the evening. A few guys and I decided to head to the stadium and watch the UCLA - Florida game. It is amazing to see how passionate these fans are about college baseball. I can't say enough about what a great opportunity and privilege it is to play in this final CWS at Rosenblatt.It was a great game and fun to see some of the new guy's reaction to the whole event. I know they are excited as am I to get this series going. We have a great task at hand tomorrow with Clemson. They are coached well and play an aggressive style of baseball. Hope all the Devil faithful not with us in Omaha cheers loud as we take on Clemson tomorrow at 4 Arizona Time.Baker's Blog #1-Ahhh... feels good to be back in Omaha! After a suspenseful Super Regional, the Devils prevailed in two games against a tough Arkansas Razorback team. Tip your caps to them and never backing down. It was a great way to send the fans out with a win at Packard. The fans were amazing, and we are gonna need all the support to continue in Omaha. It has been a real pleasure to play in front of the best fans in the country. There is not a tougher place to play than Packard, and without question the fans are a major factor. Hopefully we can continue to play great baseball until the last out and bring them home a National Championship!Thursday morning we left Arizona and headed for Omaha. We were fortunate enough to have a chartered flight and first class treatment. Gatorades on the reg, snacks on the reg, Hot chocolate chip cookies on the reg, you name it, we had it and it was awesome.We arrived in Omaha around 2 pm local time. We got on the bus and headed to the hotel to check in, change, and get ready for an afternoon practice. It is a real treat to go to practice and see about 50 fans outside the fence trying to get a home run or foul ball. It was a great practice, but by the time it was over we had built up quite the appetite.Later that night we went to Upstream, a local restaurant. We ate like royalty. Steaks on the reg, calamari on the reg, shrimp on the reg, prime rib on the reg.After dinner, we headed back to the hotel where we could finally relax and get ready for the next day. As fun as it is here in Omaha, we are here to finish off this whole journey. The funnest thing I can think of happening here would be hoisting up the World Series trophy. Gotta get some rest for tomorrow.