Logan Gelbrich is a senior catcher at San Diego. He played in
60 games a season ago with 56 starts and saw action as designated hitter and in
left field as well as behind the plate. A native of Los Angeles, Gelbrich was
named first team all-West Coast Conference in 2007 after hitting .316 with 67
hits, including 16 doubles, and 38 RBI. Gelbrich handles one of the top pitching
staffs in the nation.
February 27, 2008
Unfortunately, it took a punch in the mouth from
cross-town rival San Diego State before we started playing good baseball.
With one of the toughest weekends I can remember
as a Torero behind us, the team seemed to take some valuable
lessons from our poor opening weekend against a very good SDSU
team. And it showed in our matchup against Long Beach State
tonight (a 5-3 win).
As we drive back to San Diego, the mood on the
Torero bus is a much more lighthearted one, and that’s how it
should be around here. In the Navy, a common phrase in Seal Team
training is that “It pays to be a winner,” and we could not
agree more after feeling the pain of losing compared to that of
beating a good opponent.
took a lot of maturity as a team to get beat so and stick to our
plan and make the adjustments we did tonight. Every game is an
absolute war on the West Coast, and now I think a lot of the new
guys see that. Now that we know we all are human, hype or not,
we can really get back to our roots as a team that competes like
After our loss Saturday night at State, I spoke
with the team about where we were at and where we needed to go.
Basically what I said was that what we didn’t need was a million
theories, explanations and/or excuses for our poor play. I told
them that we just need to play better baseball, and it is our
individual responsibility to do so, and that it was going to
start with me.
Baseball is a difficult game, and a lot of things
need to go right to have success in this game. We showed a lot
of good things tonight on the mound, in the field, at the plate
and in the dugout. This weekend is where our focus is, and it’s
another great opportunity to compete against some outstanding
programs as we are hosting one of the best tournaments in the
This team knows it is just as lethal on any given
game day, regardless of what happened the game before. I think
we are much more dangerous coming into the weekend having
learned our lesson – that every game is going to be a brawl!
(action photo by Brock Scott)