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.



May 13, 2008

A Not So "Dead Day"


With the new compacted schedule officially behind us, the Toreros will enter the postseason with another regular season West Coast Conference championship on their belt.  Play will begin again in two weeks for the Toreros as the WCC Conference Championship series will be hosted at home in San Diego. Being at home is something that we thrive on in our program and has built a valued sense of confidence in our minds.


Today was another beautiful sunny day in San Diego, where students could be seen on their way to and from the beach for a break from studying. Today is known as “Dead Day” on campus, which is always the day before finals start and is set aside for studying and preparation for end of the semester exams and projects. So while students utilize their Dead Day for sunbathing and water sports with some light studying, the Toreros were hard at work getting better.


It felt more like a preseason practice, with thorough workouts that involved individual and team defense, base-running, offensive execution, and so on. I was pleased to see the amount of energy and the level in which we competed today, in that an outsider looking in would never guess they were watching a team practicing after a grueling 56-game schedule.


Though it’d be nice to lounge around like the rest of the student body, it felt great to sweat and to get better today. Knowing what goals we have in the back of our minds approaching, the work today is another step in the right direction.


The stress of finals is real but when the smoke clears next week, the timing will be perfect and the Toreros will be ready to take on whoever walks through the gate on Friday. I truly believe we have a special team this year, top to bottom. But seeing the intangibles like the desire and energy I saw today tells me the possibilities for our program are endless.


Logan Gelbrich 

(action photo by Brock Scott)