Hey everyone, hope your week has started off well. We are only a few days from the season’s first pitch in (hopefully) sunny San Diego, California. We had three final scrimmages this weekend, and everyone is ready to finally face a different team on Friday. We play three games against the San Diego Toreros and one against the San Diego State Aztecs. We have a great opportunity to open our season against two very talented teams, and I’m sure all four games will come down to the end.
Since there isn’t too much baseball to talk about yet, the majority of this blog entry is going to talk about the #1 hobby of the Vanderbilt Baseball team—video games! I apologize if anyone thought I was going to say homework (I’m sure the Vandy Baseball parents are shaking their heads right now). Regardless, some of our post-practice hours are spent “on the sticks” in front of our TVs playing Xbox 360. Some of our guys specialize in EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (Sonny Gray, Riley Reynolds, Mike Yastrzemski, Connor Harrell, Sam Selman), whereas others “dangle” while playing EA Sports’ NHL 11 (Anthony Gomez, Regan Flaherty, Jack Lupo, and Yaz).
Yet the headline game of Vanderbilt Baseball is Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops (aka COD). There are nine main COD guys: Will Clinard, Joe Loftus, Mark Lamm, Taylor Hill, Bryan Johns, Corey Williams, Aaron Westlake, Curt Casali, and myself. At times, we even have guest appearances by Jason Esposito, Tony Kemp, Conrad Gregor, and Flaherty. We play online against people from around the world. Our clan tag (the four-letter prefix to our Xbox online names) is GOAT, which is short for the Greatest Of All Time—credit to former Commodore Drew Hayes for coming up with the acronym. Needless to say, if you are every playing COD on Xbox Live and you are in a game against Thill34 (Taylor), Lammy44 (Lamm), SIDvicious46 (Clinard), or Fanntastic (myself), you are probably in trouble.
These games are a great way for us to bond as a group and take a break from studying. Most of our time is focused towards school and baseball, so it’s always good to relax and have some laughs with the guys.
Good luck to everyone this weekend. The best four months of the year start on Friday.
Until next week– Go ’Dores