Insights welcomes back Notre Dame wide receiver/outfielder Golden Tate with his second blog entry this spring. Tate is the second Irish athlete to blog with Insights this year, joining Notre Dame basketball player Ryan Ayers. Tate plays football in the fall, where he's a starting wide receiver, and baseball in the spring, where he's the starting left fielder. His first blog is here.
Hello fans! Hope all is well with everyone. I apologize for such a long wait for the next blog. It seems like it has been months since I last connected with you all, which is obviously a terrible thing.
Let me think, what's new in my life worth mentioning... baseball is going well right now. I believe we are 15-10, which isn't a terrible start. As a team, we are playing OK, but just have to stay consistent and mentally strong. This weekend we headed to Pittsburgh for a Big East series. I'm having fun playing and the guys on the team are great.
Normally, I'd never say this, but the bus ride was pretty sweet. We had the luxury bus, leather seats and flat screens, satellite TV, Internet, overall, pretty awesome.
The weather in South Bend is surprisingly not to bad. I can certainly get used to this type of weather. Most of my roommates are doing well, except Sean Rober. He is on my bad side right now. We'll just leave it at that. Still love ya though Rober.
I am finally starting to hit the ball on a much more consistent basis and more importantly I am even hitting left-handed pitchers a lot better. I figured out the key to my success at the plate is to relax and just trust my hands. At first, I was like a robot trying to do all the fundamental things right, which was preventing me from reaching my full potential at the plate.
This past weekend, we did not do as well as we expected against Pitt. We ended up 1-2 over the weekend, but the good thing about the final game was that we have reached the point where we finally competed for all nine innings. I thought we played pretty hard.
Greg Sherry, my roommate, is hitting ridiculously well right now. The two games that I remember this weekend, he went 3 for 5 one game and maybe 3 for 4 in another which is impressive. Hopefully, this weekend coming up we will make a statement and sweep the series against Villanova.
Well fans, it has been real. Nothing else exciting in my life other than hitting my first home run in batting practice before one of our games.
Oh yeah, I also burned Robert Blanton in practice, but that's nothing new, of course.
Talk to you soon,