Blog Entry #7 - Can O' Corn: Bloggin' NIU Baseball With Pitcher Brian Smith



March 9, 2010

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

March 9, 2010

This Day in History: In 1997, Notorious B I G (Biggie Smalls Chris Wallace), rapper, shot dead at 24.

I would like to thank the Pismo Beach Mission Inn for providing us with complementary high speed Internet. They must know what it is like to be a poor college student. I'm still pretty upset about our hotel in Bakersfield charging their guests for Internet use. What a joke.

After sweeping Cal State Bakersfield we were on a pretty big high. Coach Mathey didn't want us losing our focus so we had a practice Sunday morning just to work on a few things that have been hurting us. While position players worked on cuts and such, the pitching staff played some much needed long toss and a couple of guys threw bullpens to prepare for this upcoming series with Cal Poly.

On Monday, we took a team trip up to San Simeon to check out the "Hearst Castle". According to the lady giving us the tour of the Hearst Castle, William Randolph Hearst referred to this estate as his "Little Ranch" because he owns 1 million acres in Mexico. This castle was only on 250,000 acres.

Hearst, the man behind Hearst Castle, is an important figure from the twentieth century whose influence extended to publishing, politics, Hollywood, the art world, and everyday American life. His power and vision allowed him to pursue one of the most ambitious architectural endeavors in American history, the result of which can be seen in magnificent grounds and structures of Hearst Castle. A little fun fact about Willy Randy Hearst is that his life was the inspiration for the lead character in Orson Welles' movie, "Citizen Kane."

His castle's dining room was also inspiration for one of the Harry Potter Hogwarts' dining rooms. I think that's right. I have only seen one of those movies so I am not sure which one. If you want to know for sure, I would facebook Sam Kapacinskas with any questions because he knows his Harry Potter.

The Castle had an amazing view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We had to take a five-mile bus trip up "Camp Hill" but along the way we had the opportunity to see the variety of wild animals they have on site. We had the opportunity but none of the animals wanted to be seen, so we basically took a five-mile bus trip up a giant hill checking out fields of grass. The cassette we were listening to mentioned zebras. Where were the zebras? I didn't see any. Disappointing, very disappointing.

So to make up for our lack of exotic animals on the castle tour, we drove about four miles up the road to check out some elephant seals, which come to shore around this time of year. I am not really sure why we went, but it was definitely a huge hit with all of the guys.

Today, we are starting our two-game series with Cal Poly at 6 p.m., so 8 p.m. Central. Coach Ray told me Sunday that I will be getting the start in tonight's game. I am very excited and anxious to get back on the mound and continue my process to a full recovery. The weather looks to be a high of 57 today and a low of 42 tonight with chance of showers late. California "showers" are like DeKalb drizzles. Shouldn't be an issue.

Cal Poly is a very respectable program here. We have our work cut out for us over the next two days. We have been playing very good baseball since we have been out here and we are expecting the same kind of play for the rest of the week.

I will bring you up to speed when we arrive in Santa Barbara on Thursday.



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