"On the Bump" w/ Cole Thompson
Monday, February 14, 2011
5 more days.

Hey y'all welcome back to the latest edition of "On the Bump". It's finally that time of year. It is officially game week and I know our guys are pumped for the season. Our returners have been waiting for this since May 28th when we were ousted by Oakland from the conference tournament. As for our new guys, I know they are chomping at the bit to get some NCAA baseball experience under their belt.

This past week was solid as we continue in our preparations for Louisiana College and the upcoming season. We started the week on a bad note on Monday. The team didn't practice well and we looked a little sloppy at times. However, Coach Diaz gave us the same practice plan Tuesday, challenging us to rise to the occasion and redeem our performance from Monday night. We came out looking much better on Tuesday and we had a much smoother practice. It was good to see the guys bounce back from a rough Monday because this is the mentality a baseball player must bring day in and day out at the yard. When I was 10 years old our baseball coach offered us up a piece of advice that sticks in my mind to this day. He said, "You are never as bad as you think you are, but you are never as good as you think you are either." We have to take this mentality into 3 or 4 game weekend series because you have to bring you're A-game to each game regardless of the outcome of the previous game.

On Wednesday we had another "ice day" in Shreveport. I say "ice day" because no snow or ice actually hit the ground in our area. However, it was nice to have the day off to catch up on sleep and homework. Thursday and Friday were both good days of baseball for us. Our pitchers were able to throw bullpens and we were able to cover some key aspects of the game in practice. The weather was perfect on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for baseball. After spending much of Wednesday and Thursday in the 20's and 30's, we experienced a cloudless sky with highs in the 60's for the weekend. This weather was great for us because we were able to have 2 very productive intersquad scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday. Our defense looked very crisp which really pumps me up. As a pitcher, you feed off the confidence of your defense. I really believe our success starts with having the confidence to throw strikes. You have no problem pounding the strike zone when you know you have a solid defense has your back at all times.

This next week we will focus on preparing for Louisiana College. Louisiana College is a DIII squad from Pineville, Louisiana. Although they are a DIII team, we have no intentions of taking them lightly. We will prepare for them the same way we have prepped in the past for LSU, Texas A&M, and Arkansas. We know it is really important for us to start the year off on a good note, so I know that we will not be caught looking forward to any future opponents. This is Louisiana College week and it will be until our 2 games are over on Saturday night.

Thanks for stopping by this week and I hope y'all can make it out to our games this Saturday starting at 1 PM against Louisiana College.

Finally, I would like to enlighten y'all with one of the best-kept secrets amongst baseball players. It is scientific fact that pitchers are goofier, more laid back, and more carefree than position players. Nothing against, our position players, but I just think that pitchers are forced to have that mentality as we only pitch every so often compared to a position player being involved in each play of the game. You will see these mentalities on full display when you see the way each guy responds to the Q&A's.

Anyways, I interviewed two fellow members of the pitching staff this week, junior college transfer Kelby Langston and freshman Sam Martin. I spend a lot of time in the bullpen with these guys so they are some of my best friends on the team. To no surprise, they are some of the funniest and goofiest as well.


Kelby Langston - Sophomore/Ruston, Louisiana
Q: What is your major?
A: Undecided

Q: You must always have _________ on road trips?
A: a lot of movies and Afroman (music artist)

Q: Favorite professional sports team?
A: Texas Rangers

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Blue Mountain State

Q: Who is your dream girl?
A: Gretchen Goerlitz

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Living out west with a wife and a golden retriever named Louie

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Lords of Dogtown

Q: What are your walkout songs this year?
A: "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash

Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: Roadtrip across the country with a few friends

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away"

Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: Johnny Cash is my 4th cousin. NBD.

Q: Why did you pick your jersey number?
A: They gave #17 to somebody else

Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
A: I don't get embarrassed

Q: If you could have dinner with any 2 people in history, who would they be?
A: My 2 grandfathers


Sam Martin - Freshman/Little Elm, Texas
Q: What is your major?
A: Business

Q: You must always have _________ on road trips?
A: Iphone, blankets, and movies

Q: Favorite professional sports team?
A: Boston Red Sox

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Entourage

Q: Who is your dream girl?
A: I don't sleep, so I can't find her

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Hopefully playing baseball and enjoying life

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Happy Gilmore

Q: What are your walkout songs this year?
A: "Testify" by Rage Against the Machines and "Rock Superstar" by Cypress HIll

Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: New Zeland

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "What does three-peat mean? I'm hoping to put together three good days of practice" - Tom Brady

Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: When I was 15 I built a 1965 AC Cobra with my dad

Q: Why did you pick your jersey number?
A: I'm just happy to have a jersey

Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
A: I try not to get embarrassed

Q: If you could have dinner with any 3 people in history, who would they be?
A: Curt Schilling, Travis Pastrana, and Dennis Eckersley