Blog Entry #6 - Can O' Corn: Bloggin' NIU Baseball With Pitcher Brian Smith



March 7, 2010

A blog by sixth-year senior and Student Athlete Advisory Committee President Brian Smith.

March 5, 2010

Spring Break 2010!!!!!!!!!!!

Joke of the Day: Two pretzels were walking down the street. One got assaulted.

That was compliments of NIU pitcher Zach "The Biscuit" Oates, who is currently single, enjoys chick flicks and being the little spoon. Zach has been having issues this week. I might as well share them with you. We all know that Zach is 6'7" and about 250 pounds. This week he doesn't seem as freakishly tall. Maybe he is gaining a little weight? Or maybe we are all just catching up with him? Either way, he is not happy with his appearance lately. So, if you see him give him an uplifting shout-out. Tell him how tall and thin he looks. He'll appreciate it.

Back to the trip ~

Our first flight was out of Milwaukee yesterday afternoon. For those who have never been to the Milwaukee airport, you're not missing much. They did have an UNO Chicago Pizzeria, which was a big hit for the guys. Unfortunately, Chicago-style pizza in Wisconsin just isn't the same. The pizza was terrible. Airport restaurants are a joke. They expect us to pay seven bucks for a poorly made slice of pizza. We obviously paid it, but that's not the point. We were just glad when our flight got called and we could hit the air to our next destination, Kansas City, home to short stop Alex Jones. Reynolds and I didn't have anybody sitting between us on the plane so I didn't have any issues there. The Kansas City airport was an upgrade from Milwaukee but sadly we couldn't stay long.

The bus trip from LAX to Bakersfield was pretty long and uncomfortable. We got to our hotel around 1 a.m. last night. Luckily for us, they think it's going to rain on Saturday so we played a doubleheader today . . .

We came out today looking to win. All of us have been waiting to get into some comfortable weather and play some solid baseball. Today was that day. Our pitchers competed in the strike zone and our hitters took advantage of their pitchers' mistakes. Jake Hermsen connected with his first career home run in game two.

I would have had this in earlier but our hotel doesn't have free WiFi. They expect people to pay $12 for a day's worth of Internet. So, I am in the parking lot of our hotel picking up a signal from the hotel across the parking lot.

I'll be back after this series . . .

Welcome to Hollywood Dawgs!


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