Just Dance

April 13th, 2010

As many of you know, once Big 12 play hits, every game, every inning and every pitch is a battle in itself. We knew this week was going to test us and show us what we must perfect looking down the road. We came away with two wins and two losses on the week, but one thing is for sure…Fightin’ Texas Aggie softball has the best fans in the nation.  I know I keep repeating this, but I truly do feel blessed to play in front of fans that are rooting for you no matter what. I speak for the team and myself when I tell you how much we love playing for ya’ll and thank you for making every second worthwhile.

The week started off great with a solid win over Stephen F. Austin. I always like playing SFA for two reasons. The first is that one of my good friends, that I played ball with since we were little bitty, plays a great third base for them. Briana Bishop and I have literally grown up at the ball fields together. Now we are playing our last year of softball and I wish her the best of luck. Another reason I like to play SFA is to see their coach. In our team room, we have every All-American’s picture on the wall. SFA’s coach, Gay McNutt, was an All-American for the Aggies in 1985 and I just think it’s really cool to see someone in that position from this program’s history. To go along with history and taking pride in your school, another really neat thing that we are required to know all the names of the players who have worn our jersey number. What is really ironic is that as I was researching my number, I realized that my high school coach, Shelley Batson (who was Shelley Toney at the time), wore jersey number 4.  I could spend an entire day on what Coach Batson has done for me and how much she means to me, but until I took a step back and looked at the history of Aggie softball, I never realized she wore my jersey. Just proves that you learn something new every day!

After a great win over SFA, it was time for the Lone Star Showdown. Besides beating Texas, the atmosphere, the feeling in your stomach when playing your rival, and everything else, I would have to say that the dance off before the game was the all-time greatest moment in locker-room history. This is how it all went down: Due to rain and lightening, the game was delayed for a while. Well, the team was so pumped for the game, that sitting around waiting to play was not an option. We watched one of our highlight videos and then after that we just all ended up in the locker room. We had the music blaring and then out of nowhere, Kelsey and Lindsey busted out all of their dance moves. It was awesome! Now it is not uncommon for any one of us to be dancing at any given time, but I have been around for 21 years and I have never seen dance moves like that! Everyone joined in, but Mel and I were laughing too hard to join in. Mel and Lauren ended up getting a top secret video of the dance off, although, it wasn’t so secret the next day when they revealed the video during study hall. I’ve been thinking it should be put on YouTube, so I’ll let you know if this happens.

Speaking of YouTube, our team is a huge fan! My family makes fun of me because every time I go home, I have to show them the latest ones. They think all I do every day is search for YouTube videos, but in reality, our team is constantly keeping everyone up with the funniest videos.  Some of our favorites include, “David after Dentist” “Blood” “Josh Womack’s Bat Tricks” “Fosse Walk it out Dance” “Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama” “USF and UCONN Baseball dance off” and “Scarlet takes a fall.” These are just a few of the many we recite to each other on an everyday basis.

So, with the dance off and a huge clutch hit by freshman Mel Dumizich aka “Big D” we were able to get a huge win against Texas on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, this weekend wasn’t as victorious, but we are getting ready for Sam Houston on Wednesday and then Iowa Sate this weekend.

Blooper #8
I don’t have a legit blooper this week (I guess everyone is really watching themselves around me so they don’t get “blogged”) but if you watch the YouTube videos, you will be sure to get a chuckle in there! I’m going to give a little background on the “Fosse Walk it out” video.  The original music to this dance is really slow and boring, but someone cleverly decided to put a rap song instead of the older music, and coincidentally it fits perfectly with their moves. Our team was going to do this dance for the annual athlete talent show, but after a couple practices, that one soon fell through. Enjoy!

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