Blog Entry #10 - Can O' Corn: Bloggin' NIU Baseball With Pitcher Brian Smith
March 22, 2010
Blog ArchiveA blog by sixth-year senior and Student Athlete Advisory Committee President Brian Smith.
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March 21, 2010
My Thoughts - Recap SIU
Friday, we came out flat and SIU took it to us. We deserved everything that they did to us. Saturday, we came out with more intensity and a positive outlook on the rest of the weekend. We battled our tails off during the first game on Saturday, but SIU flat-out beat us. During the second game on Saturday, we kept our heads on straight and came out hot. We scored early and we scored often. It felt good to chalk one up in the left hand column for the first time in more than a week. It is always nice to win the final game of a road series. It makes the bus ride home a little more enjoyable.
We were welcomed home from SIU with snow all over campus. The weather out here always keeps us on our toes. We open up "The Ralph" on Wednesday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 3 p.m. It is going to feel good to play a game in front of our friends and family who haven't been able to see us play this year. Milwaukee is playing some good baseball this year. I actually coached two of their players this past summer - Ben Long and Cameron Amsrud. Ben Long has got some serious power. He was one of the most powerful hitters in the Northwood's league. Cameron is a funky right-handed reliever. We have our work cut out for us. The Panthers are going to get us prepared for our MAC season, which starts Friday at Bowling Green.
Can O' Corn #10 is "Spotlighting" fifth-year senior catcher Sam Kapacinskas ...
Brian (9:18 p.m.): Hey Sam
Sam (9:19 p.m.): Hey Bri Man
Brian (9:20 p.m.): alright - on Thursday I did a "Spotlight" on Hermsen. DId you read it, and How about you and me get into a "Spotlight" right now? Sam "The Big Spotlight" Kapacinskas.
Sam (9:20 p.m.): I did it read it. It was great stuff Bri. Dynamite. Just dynamite stuff. I'm down to get spotlighted up.
Brian (9:20 p.m.): Then you shall be "Spotlighted". .
Sam (9:21 p.m.): Awesome
Brian (9:22 p.m.): Kappy - throughout your career as a Huskie you have seen some playing time at Catcher, Outfield, Pitching, and even at 1st base. . . Kinda a utility man huh?
Sam (9:22 p.m.): I like to do it all. Jack of all trades sorta deal.
Brian (9:23 p.m.): Poor Mans Mark DeRosa . . .
Sam (9:24 p.m.): Of course. Jack of all trades. Master of none
Brian (9:26 p.m.): Lets give the audience an inside the day of Samuel Len Kapacinskas. . . Walk me through your typical NIU day.
Sam (9:26 p.m.): Well for starters my middle name is Albert
Brian (9:26 p.m.): Ahhh your dads name is Len. . . My Bad My Bad
Sam (9:28 p.m.): NBD
Sam (9:28 p.m.): I like to get a good che going in the morning
Brian (9:29 p.m.): I love a good che
Sam (9:30 p.m.): from their I proceed on to class to buckle down on my studies
Brian (9:30 p.m.): Thanks Coach
Sam (9:31 p.m.): Coach Sam "The Big Spotlight" Kapacinskas. I like the sound of that
Brian (9:31 p.m.): back to your day please . . .
Sam (9:33 p.m.): Of course, I digress. After class I head over to the locker room
Sam (9:35 p.m.): Get dressed up and head out to the field for practice
Sam (9:36 p.m.): After that I head home usually cook myself a nice dinner of rib eye steak and a big salad with a nice vinaigrette
Brian (9:36 p.m.): then some Jon Stewart. . . .
Sam (9:37 p.m.): I'm a big supporter of Jon Stewart
Brian (9:38 p.m.): That sounds like the longest day ever. . . Being your roommate I know you live your life that way. . . Kind of weird. . . But its your style . .
Sam (9:39 p.m.): I got style
Brian (9:40 p.m.): yeah - anyway - Conference is coming up this weekend at Bowling Green. . What are your thoughts on us having a successful MAC season? What do you feel we need to do as a team to get ourselves headed in the right direction?
Sam (9:41 p.m.): I think if we just take the mindset of taking the MAC season one game at a time
Brian (9:42 p.m.): I like that thought process
Sam (9:43 p.m.): It's going into each game with the mindset of wanting to go 1-0
Brian (9:43 p.m.): I feel the same way . .
Sam (9:44 p.m.): I try to keep myself up to date
Brian (9:45 p.m.): What is your favorite book? Is there anything you are looking forward to reading?
Sam (9:46 p.m.): My favorite book-
Brian (9:47 p.m.): If you were alone in a desert, what are your thoughts? Specifically, what will be your first thought?
Sam (9:48 p.m.): Easy, got to head for high ground so you can get a view of the surrounding landscape
Brian (9:49 p.m.): Tom or Jerry?
Sam (9:49 p.m.): Tom
Brian (9:50 p.m.): Cubs or Sox?
Sam (9:50 p.m.): Cubs
Brian (9:50 p.m.): Better Roommate - David Reynolds or Myself
Sam (9:51 p.m.): You do have a bad baby powder habit that you just can't kick but I have to go with you.
Brian (9:52 p.m.): Our Apt is basically a Kareoke Bar - I'm giving you one pick. . The Song of your choice and why?
Sam (9:53 p.m.): I've noticed your big on lyrics in these interviews
Brian (9:53 p.m.): Hermsen didn't have a favorite song . . . He's not invited over anymore - for that reason
Sam (9:54 p.m.): but im giong to have to go with ... Drum roll please ...
Brian (9:55 p.m.): ManEater - Hall and Oates?
Sam (9:56 p.m.): Na
Brian (9:57 p.m.): Who wins in a fight - John Rambo or Maximus (from Gladiator)
Sam (9:58 p.m.): Gladiator no doubt. That guy killed ppl with his bare hands.
Brian (9:59 p.m.): John Rambo killed people with his bare hands!
Sam (10:00 p.m.): he used guns and stuff
Brian (10:01 p.m.): oh gezzz . . . Is there anything else you wanna say before I cut you off?
Sam (10:02 p.m.): let me see
Brian (10:02 p.m.): This is a pretty popular blog . .
Sam (10:03 p.m.): and id like to throw a shout out to my dad Big Len and my mom Holl the Doll back in FL
Brian (10:04 p.m.): Better Blog - Can O' Corn or Thats Yummy Bro (Blog of former NIU Pitcher, now San Diego Padre Prospect, Nick Hall)
Sam (10:05 p.m.): funny that you say that I was just about throw a shout out to T.Y.B and Nick Hall because that blog is straight up the bomb.com
Brian (10:06 p.m.): sooo what's your answer?
Sam (10:07 p.m.): Your putting me between a rock and a hard place
Brian (10:07 p.m.): I know . . Do the right thing
Sam (10:08 p.m.): but if I had to pick one I would have to go with T.Y.B. strictly because he has a section where he names a Fan of the Month ... and I'm gunning for it. So Hall Trane if you're reading this. Post up T.Y.B for fan of the month
Brian (10:09 p.m.): You've been a big help Sam . . Big Help
Sam (10:10 p.m.): That's why they call me Sam "The Big Help" Kapacinskas
See ya'll at the Ralph on Wednesday!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns for Brian, please e-mail Baseball SID Zach Peters (email@example.com).
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