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.
April 29, 2008
Opening the Gate to Success
When the then-tattered Torero bus pulled up in
front of the locker room late on a Sunday night in 2005, we
unloaded our gear as a tired but very triumphant group. We had
just won the Texas A&M Dominos Classic. We shut out the Aggies
in front of a sellout crowd that provided an atmosphere that I
will tell my children about. Our weekend also included wins over
Evansville and a very good Washington team.
the thrill of accomplishment was short lived as we approached
our locker room because we knew we had to hop the gate with our
luggage before we could get into the locker room and home to
catch a few hours of sleep before class the next day. The same
scenario was true last year, coming home late after taking two
of three from the Texas Longhorns on the road, proving our sweep
of them as the top-ranked program in the country just a year
earlier was no fluke. Again, we hopped the gate.
Being exhausted from a long weekend and a night
of traveling fueled outbursts such as, “I bet Texas doesn’t hop
any fences when they get home!” or “How high do we have to be
ranked to get someone to unlock this thing for us?”
Well, the gate is open these days for us. Oh, and
that “tattered bus” is now a half of a million dollar Torero bus
that looks like it just got “pimped” in the West Coast Customs
It has been special to watch our program grow
from a budding baseball program into a national contender. Just
a year ago we would have people come up to us to shake our hands
on the road and to talk about how they have been anticipating us
coming into town and go home and be “no-namers.” But that is a
part of the growing pains, I guess. Here, it took national
recognition to get local recognition.
Just this week, Kevin Hansen and I were down the
street from campus in line at a local convenience store when a
campus Public Safety officer tapped us on the shoulder. He
jokingly asked us if we needed any tickets, and was proud to
display four tickets to our game Friday.
I don’t know if I was more amazed that he bought
tickets for the game or that he knew we were USD baseball
players. Either way, times have changed in Torero town and the
future is bright here. The Toreros have a week on the road
against quality programs in Cal State Fullerton and Pepperdine.
This time, at least, the gate will be open when we get home.
(action photo by Brock Scott)