It was a special win for Garrido, but the long-time coach said the win wasn’t his to own.
“Things like that don’t belong to me,” said Garrido. “This is a team sport. I’m not modest, I’m not shy, I’m not humble and I’m not a martyr, but I know the truth and the truth is in a team sport everyone involved plays a significant role in what’s accomplished and this number becomes important because of the number of great people I’ve have a chance to work with…especially the players.”
Garrido’s 1,600th was not an easy win for the Longhorns to get. It was a low-scoring game, but Texas got two of their three runs with the long ball. A solo homerun from Kyle Russell in the fourth inning gave the Longhorns their first run of the game and, following a game-tying SAC fly from Chance Wheeless, another solo bomb in the fifth from Jordan Danks gave the Longhorns their lead.
“Chance just knocked in a run and momentum was going our way and I told myself I’m just going to swing at the first pitch I saw and it looked good,” said Danks. “I knew I hit it hard, but with the wind I wasn’t sure it was going to get over, so I was running as fast as I could.”
With the game holding at 3-2 Texas since the fifth inning, it was on the shoulders of Randy Boone to shut down the Bears in the ninth innings. Boone has settled in as Texas’ closer and he’s feeling more comfortable with his pitches each outing.
“I feel like everything’s getting better. My location’s even improving some,” said Boone. “I’m really comfortable with all my pitches.”
Boone told Inside Texas that as he stood on the mound he was so focused on getting the final outs that the significance of this particular win didn’t enter his mind until afterwards.
“They had told me about that before the game, but I honestly didn’t think about it during the ninth. Right after the game Preston (Clark) said ‘Hey, make sure you hold onto that ball for coach,’” said Boone.
With Texas leading by only a single run in the ninth, that final pitch was a pressure packed situation for everyone in the ballpark, but as Garrido puts it: That’s baseball.
“One pitch makes a lot of difference in a lot of situations and determines the outcome of the game. To throw 140-something pitches and one pitch plays a significant role in changing the momentum, who invented this? Some sado-masochistic person decided, ‘I know, there isn’t enough pain in the world, let’s invent baseball! Let’s get a bunch of kids, gather them up, put them on a field and really destroy their confidence’…take me in another direction, cause I’m going in my own right now,” said Garrido with a laugh.
Garrido held the ball that Boone had given him in his hand, tightly gripped as he expounded on the sport he has a unique passion for (two-seam fast ball grip to be exact).
That’s Augie, though. As unique a mind as there ever was in the sport manning the Texas Longhorn baseball team. The only non-truth he had was when he said he wasn’t humble. Garrido took the opportunity to give a special thanks.
“A special thank you to Coach (Tommy) Harmon, Coach (Skip) Johnson, Coach (Greg) Swindell and the staff here at the University of Texas and Deloss Dodds and the Athletic Department for giving me a chance to serve at the greatest university in America and certainly the greatest baseball tradition in all of college baseball,” said Garrido.
The Longhorns finish up their weekend series with Baylor with two games in Waco. Saturday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s will be at 2 p.m.