Who better than Francis Larson to wax philosophical about the 2010 UC Irvine baseball season?
UCI Coach Mike Gillespie says the senior catcher is the only player he has ever had who can tell you the difference between Socrates and Plato.
"This is how baseball works," said Larson, a philosophy major who blasted three home runs and drove in eight runs in four games at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional that ended Sunday with a 6-2 loss to UCLA. "Sometimes you lose; sometimes you win. But it has been a lot of fun. It has been a fun group of guys to be with. I had fun the whole time and I'm glad to have been a part of it."
The "it" of which UCI's career home-run leader (25) spoke was not only his swan-song campaign that produced a 39-21 record. His statement included the four-year run for the nine seniors, most of whom were part of an unprecedented run of success that included a trip to the 2007 College World Series.