Maddie's Minutes: And We're Off...
Maddie O'Brien talks about FSU Softball's season-opening trip to New Mexico.
Feb. 11, 2014
Junior shortstop Maddie O'Brien
continues her blog during the 2014 season here on Seminoles.com. She will share the insights, joys and challenges that the team experiences as they pursue their goal of advancing to the Women's College World Series.
AND WE'RE OFF...
It was an early morning for us on Thursday since we had to be at campus ready to leave for the airport at 4:45 a.m. The weather outside was a bitter 32 degrees, but when we landed in Dallas there was snow falling to the ground and it was 19 degrees, brrrr. Freshman Lauren Harris could not contain her excitement as she posted a picture to Instagram of herself wearing her FSU travel attire in a mirror selfie at Tallahassee Airport. As we sat at our gate waiting to board the plane, we munched on a delicious breakfast sandwich from one of our favorite places, Bagel Bagel! Little did we know that this was only the second time freshman Victoria Daddis had ever flown! When the time finally came, we boarded one of the smallest planes I have ever seen. Just to give you all an idea of how small it was - picture six-foot tall redshirt senior Jessica Nori having to duck all the way to her seat.
At the airport in Dallas a couple of us sprawled out on the floor to do homework, some listened to music, some checked in with social media, and MANY others played the game Flappy Bird. While Flappy Bird seemed to be the favorite thing to do during this trip it also seemed like it was the most frustrating game ever! It became a competition within the team to see who can get the most points and even Coach Wilson and Coach Snider got into it. Redshirt freshman Alex Powers resorted to taking duck face selfies with people and even got one with Coach Wilson, while senior Kelly Hensley made a signature photo bomb in the background. According to urban dictionary, a selfie is defined as: "a picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to a social media site and is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera."
Eager to board the flight to El Paso, Texas we noticed the snow was coming down harder outside and the runways were becoming covered in white. To us Florida girls, the sight of a couple snow flurries means that it is snowing; you could imagine our excitement! However, it was enough to delay us about 20 minutes while our plane was "de-iced." When we arrived in El Paso, Texas we visited a local restaurant called L&J Café for some authentic Mexican food. The time has come for us to be thrown into battle, to show how badly we want this, and to prove how much we deserve every single triumph.
There are two things to keep in mind: "Every opponent is DANGEROUS" and "Power of Preparation."
Alumni Morgan Bullock sent us a grayscale picture of a man composed of 2.1 million ink dots and included a note for the team to read before our first game. Her words inspired us to cherish the little moments that make up the bigger picture. For us the big picture is the Women's College World Series in OKC, but Morgan emphasized the importance of the moments along the way that will get us to our big picture. She encouraged us to find the good, cherish the small and create our big picture.
STUDY BUDDIES AND GYM RATS
One of the most important things on our trips is to stay ahead on school work, especially when we have to miss a couple days of class. Since it is a long season, we hold each other accountable for not only the work put in on the field, but also off the field. After we played on Saturday many of us gathered in the lobby of our hotel to do some school work. We chose to sit down in the lobby because we seem to get more done there, plus we all get to help each other or just make each other laugh. While a few of us got caught up on homework others worked out in the hotel gym. Our strength and conditioning coach, Coach Quinn, gave some of us the option to get our third workout in for the week while we are in New Mexico and sure enough as I headed to the lobby to get my school work done I saw the gym packed with garnet and gold. DEDICATION!
Sunday afternoon after our exciting win versus No. 9 Nebraska we headed out to go sand sledding at the Sand Dunes. Unfortunately the Dunes were closed for missile testing, but we did still find a way to have fun in New Mexico. We decided to go to a local flea market and see what it would be like. It was an indoor flea market that consisted of Mexican candy, food, and customs. Although we did not end up staying for too long, a couple of us walked away with some pretty good stuff and our Athletic Trainer Eunice Hernandez satisfied her sweet tooth with a churro that was filled with caramel. Yum!
Overall it was a good trip to New Mexico and a good indicator of where we stand as a team and what we want to improve on.