2009 a special season
So I lied and before I hide away for a bit I'll give some random thoughts. In a weird position right now, I probably enjoy Ohio State baseball more than any other sports team out there. I know quite a few of the players as friends, they represent my school, and baseball is a game I love. Its really easy, reallllly realllly easy right now to be down but that would not be fair to these guys.
We are the 2009 Big Ten Champions
We bowed out on a bad note on the national stage, but we did something that has not been done since 2001, and it was a huge goal I felt the program needed to reach to say "hey we're still a solid program here". We went through the Big Ten winning 3 of every 4 games we played, lost only 1 series and swept 3 others. Let's not forget where we were sitting after the Friday night Illinois game. We thought all hope was lost. Not so fast, the team finished with 5 straight wins, the last 2 against Iowa were come from behind wins that showed the teams heart. The size of the teams heart will now be able to be shown on there fingers when the rings come.
The Michigan dominance is over & Wimmers no-hitter
I've been in college since winter 2005, during that time, until this season Michigan had gone 12-1 in the regular season against us. Nothing, and I mean nothing is worse than having Michigan own you, especially in baseball. Not only did Michigan turn the Big Ten crown over to use, they were humiliated on our turf on national television at the mercy of Alex Wimmers who no-hit them. Its one thing to lose a tough game, its another to get blown out, its another to not be able to manage one single hit and thoroughly be dominated, by your rival. Thank you Wimmers, Michigan sucks. The Wimmers no-no is a story and great moment in itself.
The team became a team
After years of having teams with superior talent fall short, this team finally got it. There was joy and fun in playing the game. Bill Davis Stadium would no longer be confused for Union Cementary. The chemistry and joy each player had in being a part of the team was exhibited and carried them to heights, this team's talent level, probably didn't command. When a pitcher struggled the bats came through. When a joke needed to be made it was done. When a spark needed provided a fire was lit. This team was one of the more enjoyable teams to watch in a Buckeye uniform.
There are plenty more storylines to touch on, Ryan Dew proving to make me look like a genius and having an incredible season. Jake Hale becoming the best closer in the nation. Michael Stephens coming from Victorville, CA and diving into being a Buckeye. Michael Arp after years of hardwork, patience, and dedication having a solid season. Arp and Kovanda having season's to make their late mothers very proud of their sons. There's a lot and hopefully I'll touch on more, just it was too good of a season to end like this.