Greg Lopez is a senior shortstop for Notre Dame who will contribute a weekly journal to in 2006. A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Lopez has been a mainstay on the Irish infield since he arrived in South Bend, starting 159 games and playing in 172 his first three years. Lopez, a two-time captain for Notre Dame, holds a 3.37 GPA as a double major in pre-professional studies and anthropology.




March 23, 2006

Playing in Front of the Family


We are here in the great city of San Antonio for our Spring Break trip this year. The weather here is awesome. It is 80 degrees, sunny and perfect for baseball.

During the week, we are playing at the Missions’ Stadium, the AA affiliate of the Mariners (after being a Dodgers farm team for many years). The field is awesome and is able to hold a large crowd. The combination of playing on this field and in this weather has inspired us to play some good baseball. We won the first four games that were part of the UTSA tournament, against Texas A&M, Iowa (2) and Illinois. It was especially fun beating Texas A&M, largely due to the incredible amount of Aggies in attendance that night. For that game, almost the entire crowd was in Aggies red even though it was a road game for them.

The game was close until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Aggies went ahead 4-1. The Aggies fans went crazy and started singing all of their traditional chants. But we came storming right back in the top of the eighth to go ahead 5-4. In the end, the game came down to the final pitch, and both sides were on their feet, but we held our ground and were victorious. With this hard-fought and exciting opening to our week here, we are once again were back on the winning track.

We then won the first two games in our Irish Classic tournament, also played at Wolff Stadium, vs. Iowa and Southern Illinois. Our winning streak came to an end when we weren’t able to hold an 8-4 lead in the fourth game of the week against Iowa, but we got a great shutout from Tom Thornton to close out the week with another win over SIU for a 7-1 record on the Spring Break trip.

This is our third year in a row we have come to San Antonio for our Spring Break trip. Perhaps what makes this trip so different from others is that we stay with host families. This creates a home-like environment for us, transforming a trip that would normally feel like an exhausting road trip to one which is more like a long homestand.

I feel like we spend half of our spring semester in hotels because we play half of our games on the road, and this is a refreshing change. The highlights of staying with a host family are without a doubt the home-cooked meals and the lack of hotel beds. My teammate Cody Rizzo and I have been roommates on the road since our first trip our freshman year and have been lucky to stay with an awesome family, the Boones, for our third year in a row. They are the most generous of families, welcoming us into their home and treating us like their own sons.

Even though I love my host family, my favorite part about coming down to San Antonio is that my entire family resides here. My mother and father grew up in San Antonio, and both sides of my family still live here. I am incredibly blessed this week to be able to spend the whole week playing baseball and hanging out with family members that I do not get to see often enough. I love it because it not only allows me to see them, but during the games I have a huge cheering section, which is always nice to have on the road.

The food that I eat here is also second-to-none, especially my grandmother’s. This week has been very exciting for my whole family because I was just accepted into the University of Texas Health Science Center, the medical school in San Antonio, only yesterday.

Well I’m off to bed. Talk to you next week in South Bend. We have our first two home games and then open BIG EAST play on the road against Georgetown – but I’ll be checking in after we return home for what will be a much-welcomed seven-game homestand.

Greg Lopez


Previous Entries

Opening Weekend and a Quick Day Trip (3/6/06)

Patiently Waiting (2/24/06)


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