May 27, 2009
MAY 27, 2009
Howdy from Oklahoma City!
I am Associate Head Coach Travis Jewett and I will be providing updates of our trip as we take part in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship's Norman Regional.
The day begin around 8:30 a.m. with short bus ride from Bohler Athletic Complex to the Pullman-Moscow Airport. Our travel party consists of our NCAA roster, support staff, coaches, wives and children. For me, it is a blessing to have my family be able to take part is the experience with me.
We had a charter flight from Pullman to Oklahoma City. We were spoiled during the entire trip. Our student-athletes were wide-eyed about the luxury accommodations and I was very happy to see them treated like big leaguers. They have certainly worked hard and deserved this experience.
Each seat was first class style, those of you who have had that opportunity know what I am talking about. There were tables set up in the back for card games and the four flight attendants made sure we had drinks and snacks at all times. Halfway through the flight, there were freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
It was a great experience. Our bus pulled up right next to the plane, our bags were loaded and unloaded for us both in Pullman and Oklahoma City and the entire trip was smooth and done in less than four hours.
Our hotel is the Renaissance in Downtown Oklahoma City and we are just a few blocks from the stadium where the Texas Rangers' AAA team plays. The student-athletes checked in to their rooms, had something to eat and will have some free time before we head to Norman tomorrow, which about 25 miles away.
Tomorrow, we have an assigned practice time at Oklahoma's L. Dale Mitchell Park where we can get a light workout. It will be good for our younger guys to get a feel for how the ball hops on the ground and flies in the air. It will also be nice for our veterans to get reacquainted with a park where we had some success last season.
There will be some media oligations after practice and a team dinner in the evening for all the regional participants. Thank you to all our fans for your support throughout the season. We plan to make you proud of us. I can already feel the excitement in the air!
Please check back often and follow us during our postseason journey. For now, I am off to the pool to take a dip with my boys.