Dylan Badura is a senior pitcher from Omaha, Neb. After
spending two years at Indian Hill Junior College, Badura
transferred to UTPA. He made 20 appearances for the Broncs in
2012, including three starts. He posted a 2-2 record with one
save. Badura registered a victory in his UTPA debut, fanning two
in two innings against Southern Utah. His first save came in a
conference contest at NJIT. Badura is majoring in public
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April 22, 2013
Now that college baseball is about halfway done and conference
has started, “The Grind” is more apparent now more than ever.
“The Grind” is well known to baseball players and any athlete
playing sports. Free time is hard to come by now, and athletes become very tired
and weary. I could explain “The Grind” using an extended amount of analogies and
big words, but instead I’ll quickly illustrate an example of this week’s time
table for UTPA.
Sunday: Wake up and head to the field early at 9:30 a.m. for
stretching, batting practice a.k.a. “BP” and daily routines to follow. Our game
against Chicago State started at 1 p.m., the game then ended somewhere around 4
p.m. Then, it was off to home to get showered and dressed up for our athletic
banquet. Meet with the team at 5:30 p.m. to make our appearance together. Arrive
back home around 9:30 p.m. Do any remaining homework and go to bed.
Monday: Day off, Optional lifting. Get caught up with school and
classes that we have missed due to being on the road.
Easy enough so far, but let’s get further into the week.
Tuesday: Bus leaves for Austin at 8 a.m., which is about a 5 ½-
to 6-hour trip. Study for an hour on the bus and the rest of the time is yours.
12:30 stop in San Antonio for lunch at the infamous “Golden Corral.” Then it’s
back on the road. Arrive in Austin around 2 p.m. Stretch, daily routines and
“BP.” Game against the Longhorns started at 6 p.m., then the game ended around
10 p.m. hop in the shower and then head straight home. Pull up to the locker
room in Edinburg around 3 a.m., and then run to bed.
Wednesday: Go to classes whatever time they may be. Lucky for me
I don’t have classes on Wednesday. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for others
with class at 8 a.m. and so on. After class it’s off to weights at 11:30 a.m.
Grab some grub and then it’s off to practice at 3 p.m. Class after if you have
it, then eat dinner and off to bed.
Thursday: Class throughout the day. Practice at 1 p.m., due to
traveling. Bus leaves at 3:30 p.m., so you need to be dressed, packed and ready
to go. An hour of studying on the bus (which is what I’m currently doing…) then
the other four hours are ours till we get to Houston for Conference weekend
against Houston Baptist.
In just those five days we traveled a total of 946 miles. Studied
for two hours plus, went to all the classes we could/met up with teachers about
missed class. We also had two practices, weight sessions twice, two games and
one athletic banquet.
Side effects of “The Grind” may include: loss of sleep,
non-healthy food choices (fast food), sore rear-ends, classes missed and
possibly meals as well, low battery on electronics and sometimes, emotions
running high. Consult your local trainer if more problems arise.
My point is that being a student athlete is not easy, especially
when in the middle of the season. “The Grind” is a tough part that comes with
being an athlete, but you must learn to love it. When I was talking about it
with our shortstop/second baseman, Riley Goulding, he made a good point. He said
“The grind in the years that I’ve played is a lot easier when you’re winning.”
This is true, but no matter whether you’re team is winning or losing, “The
Grind” is a love/hate relationship.
As my senior year of college progresses, I’ve found that a lot of
the small things about baseball are starting to jump out at me more now than
ever before. I’ve come to realize that whenever I’m done with this game that I
love, I think “The Grind” is definitely one aspect that I will truly miss.
Until next time, like always, I’ll leave you with a quote that I
have found. (Which kind of fits my current state of mind.)
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future,
concentrate in the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
(photos by Dutch Cowgill/UTPA Athletics)