Feb. 20, 2013
Army senior catcher Andrew Johnson will author a blog entitled "Catcher's Corner" throughout the 2013 season. Johnson, a two-year letter winner, is serving as one of the Black Knights' co-captains this spring. Check back weekly to follow along with the inside happenings of the Army baseball team.
It seems the snow is following us, but I'm feeling hopeful this weekend will be different when we travel further south to Rock Hill, S.C., for the Coca-Cola Classic at Winthrop. Although we started our season differently then we wanted to, it is important to stay positive and stick to the grind. I was part of an Army team that started 1-10 and made it to the Patriot League Championship Series at the end of the season. I was also on last year's team, which dropped two out of three to begin the season and went on to win an Academy-record 41 games. It's a long season, and there is plenty of time to work.
This team works extremely hard; there is no doubt about that. We just need to focus on turning practice reps into game reps this upcoming weekend. We have the skill and we have the heart; it is just time to put it all together. It will be an exciting weekend playing three different quality teams in three days. I expect some good competition this weekend which means our week of preparation demands respect for our opponents and the respect for the game to get ready.
We received the support from the ABF as expected last weekend, and I look forward to the support again down in South Carolina this weekend. This level of support has become a constant within the ABF and it does more for our players than anyone could imagine. I had the chance to talk with some former players last weekend as Clint Moore, J.T. Watkins and Kevin McKague were at our cookout on Saturday. All three are doing great things with their careers in the Army and are three great examples of what it means to live the values of the ABF. They had great insights into the weekend and where to go from here. These are guys I trust and love. This team plays for more than the wins and losses; we play for guys like Clint, J.T. and Kevin. These are the guys who came before us and showed us the way the game is played.
As our less experienced players get more time on the field, I think we'll become more comfortable with ourselves and start to hit some stride. A big thing we talked about coming out of last weekend is to never forget who we are. We are ball players. It's what we do. Nothing has changed after last weekend. We are still Army baseball players.
Be Big Time,