Hey Gator Nation, my name is Greg Larson and I am a senior right-handed pitcher from Longwood, Florida. I am really excited about this blog and feel very fortunate to be a part of this project. Hopefully in reading these blog entries, you can become more familiar with what goes on outside the lines of Gator athletics.
Over my four years here as a member of the University of Florida Baseball team, I have played with a bunch of really fun and interesting teammates. This year, we have a very unique blend of guys that come in all shapes and sizes from around the country. This melting pot that I am a part of day in and day out in the locker room, on the bus, and in the dugout has made me realize that this team has something about it that you can’t quite put your finger on (in a good way of course). All of the different personalities on the team have blended really well together and have contributed to a special kind of team chemistry that I know, having played on numerous teams in my athletic career, is hard to come by.
The highlight of this year so far has been breaking the school record for most wins in a row at 18. Throughout that stretch, we used a combination of good pitching, defense, and hitting. We are over one-third of the way through SEC play and have experienced how tough playing on the road can be while playing in some of the nation’s most hostile environments.
Back in high school, I used to come to Gainesville every so often to watch my sister, Kim, swim in the O’Connell Center as a Gator. From the outside looking in, I didn’t realize at the time just how great a place this is. Once I stepped foot on campus for the first time as a UF athlete in the summer of 2008 I can honestly look back now and say that this has been the best four years of my life. Everything from the academic opportunities to the athletic support staff to the fans has contributed to an experience that I will never forget.
I hope this blog serves as a way in which student-athletes at the University of Florida can express themselves and give fans the chance to know a little bit more about Gator athletics. Words cannot express how much we appreciate all of the endless support we receive on a daily basis. Check back every week for new blogs and, as always, Go Gators!!!