Beijing Bound

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August 4, 2008
Well the road to Beijing didn’t really start off on a good note.  My flight was cancelled and I missed the first day of getting our gear in San Jose, CA.  I did get there late that night so that was a positive.  We were in California for a couple of days basically going through orientation, learning to speak basic Chinese, and getting all our clothes for the Olympics.  We are sponsored by Polo and Nike and the gear we got was unbelievable. 
  
The stuff we are wearing for opening ceremonies is very classy.  I dont know if I am supposed to spill the beans with what we are wearing or not but we have white slacks, a white dress shirt, blue Polo blazer, Polo shoes and a white driving cap.  We also will wear a Polo tie.  It should look sharp.  After San Jose we traveled across country to Durham, NC. 

Here in Durham we are staying at the Umstead Hotel and Spa.  While here we have had a media day, a workout that was pretty light and three games against Canada.  I threw in the first game.  I came out of the bullpen and threw two innings giving up one hit, and striking one out.  We did lose the the first game in extra innings, but since then have played incredibly well

Our team has a very wide range of guys when it comes to age.  We have guys anywhere from 20 to 32 and we have one college kid from San Diego State.  The first college kid to be on an Olympic team since 1999 or something like that.

Tonight, we have our fourth and final game in the states against Canada and then will bus out tomorrow morning at 4:30 am.  We are heading to Washington, DC and then fly out that afternoon on a 14 hour non stop flight to Beijing.  We were told to be careful with taking laptops and things of value to us because of reports of stuff missing when coming back to the room from an event.  Our security people have told us that there have actually been accounts of people finding spyware on their computer when returning to the states, so that when they send an email or anything, the Chinese government can see it.  So hopefully that doesnt happen and everything will be fine. 

I guess I will write again after I am in Beijing.

Brian Duensing
USA Baseball team member
Olympian
Rochester Red Wing
Lefthanded pitcher
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47 Comments

Go get ‘em, Brian! Wishing you and the team the best of luck. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!!!
–Jeff (a proud US American)
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Good luck Brian !

Roberto
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Duensing With the Stars (on his jersey)

Introduce those cultures to your good ol’ American Uncle Charlie… Your Flower City Fastball!….

I Gold You So…

p.s. Bryan, can I join your fantasyfootball league? ;-)

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I’ll be cheering you on, Brian! I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences in China and some day soon seeing you pitch in Minnesota.
Ruth

Brian:

Best of luck to you and your team in China. I am Terry Tiffee’s high school coach and I would appreciate if you would pass along my congratulations to him for all his accomplishments. I moved after his senior year and have not seen him since then. Thanks in advance and make us proud!

Hey Brian –

I wish you the best — I worked in the front office for the New Britain Rock Cats in 2006 when you first came up there and noticing all the guys from that team that are having success with Minnesota, I’m sure that success isn’t too far away for you also, first with Team USA and then with the Twins. Good luck man, go for the gold.

Frank Novak

Hey Brian, best of luck in Beijing. It’s very cool about how Steven is on your team, since he’s still in college. I’m really looking forward on reading about your experiences. First the Olympics, next Minneapolis.

Aaron
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Hi, Brian — I am a Twins fan (since the first year in 1961 when I was 7), hold season tickets (which my son uses), and live in Beijing! I represent a US company here. When in the US this summer, I attended Red Wings games in Indy and Louisville but didn’t see you pitch — saw Humber and Liriano.

I plan to attend at least one Olympic game. Is a starting rotation announced so you know when you will pitch?

I’ve lived in Asia over 15 years, speak Chinese and know Beijing pretty well. If you have any questions or would like any support in Beijing, I can send my local office/mobile phone numbers to your email.

I am sure you guys will do great. Enjoy the city and opportunity! Steve

Sorry, I wasn’t thinking, you probably don’t want to put your personal email address in a blog.

Since you have my email address attached to the entry, just send me a note there if you feel the need to connect with someone “local” for support.

Hope you have some family that were able to join you here.

Steve

Brian – we are SO SO SO proud of you! Carson plays with the baseball you signed for him at your wedding all the time! :-)
We will watch for you on opening night!
Take lots of pictures – we can’t wait to see them!
Good luck!
Emily and family

Duensing,

Beijing is a far cry from Nebraska. What a great opportunity. I continue to enjoy following your career.

All the best,

jd scholten

HI Brian
We are soooo proud of you, too. I’m sure you are having a grand and wonderful time and can’t wait for your family to arrive. (We’re going to let Kent take time off ! HA HA HA !)
You are living a charmed life……
Best wishes always and we are thinking of you. Tried to watch for you on TV last night, but they seemed to focus on Kobe ?!?! Are you hob-nobing with him ?
Barb and Tom

Oh, and help bring home the GOLD !

Brian,
Good job with the blog…keep us updated! We watched the ceremonies last night with your parents….yes, at Brewskis. They are so proud! Do us all proud and bring home the GOLD! Good Luck!
Dan & Dana

Hi Brian! Its Olivia, Candice, Jill and Michelle. We are all so proud of you and excited to see you perform! Everyone on the team misses you and Lisa. Good luck!

hey brian, mom and dad keep us informed of all the things going on, but figured it time to send an atta-boy to you from myself and arlisa. have fun and take lots of pictures; and bring home the hardware. please say hi to your mom and dad next time you talk to them. talk to you later. arkansas uncle robin

Duen-
Good luck bud. Jess, Gavin and I are cheering for you. Have fun and enjoy the experience. Go after the GOLD. Talk to you when you get back

Kyle, Jess, Gavin

Brian, We are so proud of you. You have worked so hard to get to where you are at today. Your little “flower girl” is really getting in to these olympics! She will certainly be cheering loudly at the TV. Good luck and go for gold.

Greg, Toni, Madi and Wyatt

Brian, I am Greg’s dad, the voice of Millard South baseball. We are so excited for your opportunity to represent the USA in the games, and to get these great inside views of the game via your blog. Linda and I are excited for the first game on the 13th. Go America and Go Brian!!

Pat and Linda Geary

BRIAN,
ALTHOUGH I HAVE NEVER MET YOU, OR EVEN SEEN YOU PLAY, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FOLLOW YOUR PRO CAREER VIA YOUR MOTHER. MY COMPANY,SSAMARINE, DOES WORK FOR AGP HERE IN GRAYS HARBOR WASHINGTON.
WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE ! JUST PICH WITHIN YOURSELF, AND GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT ! SAY HI TO YOUR MOM FOR ME.
BEST OF LUCK!
JEFF OLSEN

Good luck Brian! It’s great to see a Wing on the Olympic team and everyone here in Rochester is cheering for you :)

Brian,
Dianne and I watched the 3 games you guys played in Durham. We watch a lot minor league games, we were very impressed with the way you guys stroke the ball…pitching’s not bad either…just ask Canada.
We broke into baseball in Maine, in ’67, watching the Saux play the Cahds; watching Reggie, Yaz, McCarver & Gibbson.
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Gary & Dianne Reynolds
Durham, NC

Hey Brian! looks like you have a pretty awsome blog in Beijing! I’m a REDS fan, who lives in southern Indiana. I’m heading out to Beijing on a company trip, with international travel insurance, so maybe you could recommend some cool sites for a baseball fan??
much appreciated!
another lefty,
gerald

Dianne and I watched the 3 games you guys played in Durham. We watch a lot minor league games, we were very impressed with the way you guys stroke the ball…pitching’s not bad either…just ask Canada.
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I worked in the front office for the New Britain Rock Cats in 2006 when you first came up there and noticing all the guys from that team that are having success with Minnesota, I’m sure that success isn’t too far away for you also, first with Team USA and then with the Twins. Good luck man, go for the gold.
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Brian you are one of the best pitchers. Best wishes to you.

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