KINGSVILLE, Texas — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been nearly a year since the Texas A&M Kingsville baseball team played its last game. A new season arrived two weeks ago, but the frustration level continues to rise because three games have already been canceled and three more postponed due to COVID-19 protocol.
It is safe to say the Javelinas are tired of playing the waiting game.
"The past two weeks we have been on lockdown," said Javelinas pitcher John Michael Rodriguez. "It's been sad and depressing because we haven't been able to play".
Jason Gonzales enters his 13th year as head coach and he understands the frustration from his players.
"Frustration can get to you at times but we talk to our team all the time about it," said Gonzales. "We can't control it so why in the world should we worry about it?"
The waiting game may finally come to an end on Friday because TAMU-K is scheduled to host UT-Permian Basin at Nolan Ryan Field in game one of a three-game series weather permitting.
"We are chomping at the bit because opening day is always special," said Gonzales. "We are very excited and looking forward to it."
Because of social distancing rules, tickets will not be sold to the general public but only those on a pass list will be allowed inside the stadium to watch the games.