Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Aztecs Excited About New Clubhouse

January 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego State baseball locker room was transformed over the winter break, creating a clubhouse the Aztecs are eager to enjoy and proud to call home.

“I’m really happy with the way it turned out and I think our players will be thrilled with it, too,” said SDSU coach Tony Gwynn, who spearheaded efforts to make the new clubhouse a reality. “Every team that I played on, the clubhouse was the place to hang out until you got ready to do your business.

“School’s a little different. We’ve got lots of things going on. But I hope that this place will become the place to hang out for our guys.”

The players helped clean out the locker room in late December in preparation for the renovations. A few days later, the construction crew went to work. New carpet and lighting was installed. The lockers were reconditioned, painted black with bright red backgrounds. The ceiling was painted white with red venting. New chairs were placed in front of each locker. The bathroom and showers were refurbished. The last touch was installing three flat-screen televisions, including a 60” TV located in the middle of the action.

The new clubhouse was unveiled at the beginning of the week — and the players were impressed.

“Everyone was like, ‘Wow. Nice,’ ” said junior second baseman Tim Zier. “It’s so clean and professional-looking. We’re all just really hyped about it. They went all out.

“I can tell after just a couple of days that guys have more of an urge to want to get to the yard. Guys are in there hanging out and having fun before practice. It definitely brings us together.”

Gwynn said it dawned on him a couple of years ago that the players were not sticking around much after practices or games.

“It just wasn’t a place conducive to doing things the way we wanted them done,” said Gwynn. “So we made a commitment to do something.”

Tony Gwynn Stadium was dedicated on May 3, 1997 and soon thereafter recognized by Baseball America as one of the finest college baseball facilities in the nation. Now the facility includes a clubhouse to match.

“I suspect the players are going to take a lot more pride in that locker room and keeping their house clean,” said Gwynn. “That’s what I’m hoping they figure out, ‘This is nice. This is our place. We need to take care of it.’ I’m hoping it turns into that place, and I think that it will.”

Every effort is being made to keep the clubhouse clean, beginning with storing cleats in an area adjacent to the locker room. A regular cleaning schedule has been created for the players to execute.

The hope is that the respect given to the new clubhouse and the discipline required to keep it nice will translate to more success on the field.

“It’s a lot nicer than it used to be,” said senior right-hander Bryan Crabb. “It’s more comfortable, which is what Coach Gwynn wanted. He wanted a place for guys to want to be in and hang out in, not just pass through.

“I think it will create a better atmosphere for the team. We’re going to feel more professional.
We’ll see a difference on the field next. If you feel better, you’re going to play better.”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Coming Jan. 26 — Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn

Come participate in the Stephen Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn benefiting the Aztec Baseball program. Sign up now RIGHT HERE.

The third annual Stephen Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn will take place January 26th 2013 at SDSU. This is a family-friendly event that will include games and fun for everyone. By registering for this event you will receive an all-inclusive package featuring:
— Walk/run through the beautiful campus at SDSU
— Two free 2013 Aztec Baseball tickets**
— Commemorative Stephen Strasburg 5K T-shirt
— Free sandwich voucher from Capriotti’s sandwich voucher**
— Free haircut voucher from SportClips**

After the walk/fun run we have lots of activities for all ages including:

Autograph Booth - Bret Boone, Bob Boone and Phil Nevin are scheduled to appear along with current SDSU Baseball Team Members***
Kids Fun Zone - featuring bounce houses from LB Jumpers Express, games and contests
Complimentary food court - Restaurant sponsors will be providing an array of food samples for participants to enjoy including Slaters 50/50, Capriotti’s, Wings N’ Things and Nothing Bundt Cakes
Awards Presentation - ceremony to present the top three overall finishers and the first place finishers in each age group category

Overall Prizes
1st place - Commemorative medal and a $50 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods
2nd place - Commemorative medal and and a $50 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods
3rd place - Commemorative medal  and a Deuce Brand Watch
Age Group Prizes
1st place - Commemorative medal
2nd place - Commemorative medal 
3rd place - Commemorative medal 
Auction - a silent auction in support of the Aztec Baseball program
And much more...

Don’t miss the Third Annual Stephen Strasburg 5K with Tony Gwynn. Get on the right track for 2013!

January 26, 2013
Registration begins at 7am
Start time: Runners 8:25am/ Walkers 8:30am
Click here for Runner-Walker Information

Tony Gwynn Stadium at San Diego State University
For pricing hit the registration tab
Race parking is COMPLIMENTARY in Parking Structure #5 @ SDSU
Course Map
Date:  Thursday, January 24 - 11:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Dick’s Sporting Goods, 565 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020
15% Off Flyer:  Participants picking up packets at Dick’s Sporting Goods will receive a discount flyer good for 15% off their entire purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Thursday, January 24, 2013 

*First 500 paid race participants will receive their hand-signed card in their race packets (Stephen Strasburg and Tony Gwynn will not be signing at the event).
** Certain restrictions apply.

***  Please note: The Aztec Baseball Team will be available for autographs following the race.  No memorabilia is permitted on the property nor will it be signed.   Stephen Strasburg and Tony Gwynn will not be signing at the event.