Ryan Johnson is a senior at Wake Forest.
Each week, the All-American outfielder will keep us posted on
the happenings at Wake Forest, a team that should challenge for the ACC title.
Johnson, who batted .366 a year ago with 13 home runs and 77 RBI, is a
tri-captain for the Demon Deacons.
April 22, 2003
Stung by the Yellow Jackets
This week the Deacs are in Salem, Virginia, for the ACC
Tournament. We are looking to rebound from an absolutely brutal finish to
our regular season. We went 5-7 in the last two weeks of the season and to
make things worse we spent 10 days off for finals. (Finals were the main
reason I haven’t written a journal in a while. I wrote six papers and had
five tests in that 10-day span. Most of it was spent cramming and by the
end of the two weeks I had more Papa John’s pizza boxes stacked in my room than
I did books.)
We got to Salem on Monday and our first event was the
pre-tournament banquet. All of the teams gather for this event for dinner
and ceremonies. It gives us a chance to catch up with our friends on the
other teams and a few guys on our team tried to add up the combined worth of the
talent in the room. They eventually just gave up because the number got to high.
On Tuesday we had the 10 a.m. practice. Each
team at the tournament gets 45 minutes on the field to get accustomed to the
conditions. The stadium is the second nicest that we have played on all year,
next to the Metrodome.
After practice we sat around the hotel, playing
endless hours of video games and cards. Finally at 6 we went to Fuddruckers and
stuffed ourselves with hamburgers and shakes. Our freshman catcher, Steve Malinowski, was the only guy that was able to eat the Fuddrucker’s famous full
pound burger. On top of that he had an order of fries and a chocolate shake and
we had to roll him out of the restaurant.
After Fuddrucker’s we went to the first few
innings of the Duke and Maryland game. Duke won and earned themselves a spot in
the double elimination tournament. Unfortunately, that is the only game that
has been played because all of the games today were rained out.
We spent all day in the hotel waiting to see if the rain would
subside so we could play, but it didn’t and we only got to hit in the stadium’s
indoor cages and lift at the local high school.
The weather looks even gloomier for tomorrow so we are
anticipating a long day of waiting and sitting around the hotel again. We
are just going to keep playing video games and cards until we get the call to go
play because here isn’t a whole lot else to do around here. We are
scheduled to play Georgia Tech at 5, but we’ll see if the rain can hold off long
enough to get the game in.
Stung by the Yellow Jackets (4/22/03)
Sick of the Weather (4/15/03)
FSU: The Deacons' Demons (4/8/03)
Deacons Go 4-0-Snow (4/1/03)
Deacons Lose Bragging Rights (3/25/03)
Demon Deacons Reminded to Fear the Turtle (3/18/03)
Feeling Blue? Lasorda is the Cure (3/11/03)
Karaoke and Playing in a Big-League Dome (3/4/03)
(photo courtesy of WFU Media Relations Office)