Once had a coach like this for a traveling team…half the team quit to go to barbituwait on line for Jethro Tull tickets.
The night before, after Hawkeye baseball came from behind to beat Nebraska in front of 5,000, first-year head coach Darin Erstad was pretty blunt in postgame interviews, accusing his team of being timid.
These are strange days at Haymarket Park. Tense days. It comes from the pressure of a team learning how to win, with a coaching staff that is relentless in teaching players to do the little things that make up a winning culture. It also comes from expectations that, frankly, this program hasn’t earned.
...“It’s a work in progress,” Erstad said after Saturday’s win. “It doesn’t happen in one game. It won’t happen overnight. There’s no magic moment.”
...“They hear people say conference, conference, conference series,” Erstad said. “But this group of guys have not had a lot of success in conference. None of them have been to a conference tournament.”
...“Winning is a culture,” Erstad said. “Until you close out a series in conference play, it takes a certain mind-set. You have to learn how to do that. They’re not just going to hand it to you. You don’t think Iowa is going to give us their best shot every time out? Darned right they are. We have to find out what it smells like. We have to feel it. It’s a process. It’s not going to be pretty.”