For the selected few who get the chance, there’s nothing like playing a high school championship game in a major league baseball stadium, and Bishop Amat gets that chance today when it takes on Palm Desert for the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 title at Dodger Stadium.
They key to winning, is putting in perspective and just playing a game of baseball, which sometimes is hard to do when you are in awe of the venue.
In this aspect, I thought I would post a bit of advice for the Amat players, and the softball players from South Hills, who will take on Oaks Christian for the Division 3 title, in a bigger venue then they are used to – Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.
This from Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema, who made these comments prior to his Badgers stepping on to the Arroyo Seco turf for the Rose Bowl Game in January:
“I think they have to not get consumed by the moment. It’s so breath-taking to walk into that stadium. Right when we landed (in Southern California), the first thing I did was take them to the stadium so they could see and experience it and see what it is. When you walk in it (for the game), if you let it, it can consume you. I want them to focus on the game.”