It’s May Day StitchHeads, this is where the baseball season gets cold and cruel. May doesn’t care if you have hopes and dreams to your season, it’s stone cold harsh to each and every team out there. Here are the teams who got off to hot starts and cold starts in our fair sports.
On a sunny May afternoon in 1995, Dallas Baptist hosted Tarleton State in the NAIA West Sectional Tournament on the DBU campus. Among the 100 or so fans in attendance that day were mostly parents, girlfriends and the bus driver for TSU.
Oh, and nevermind the fact that they had to sit on rickety, temporary aluminum bleachers that rocked slightly when three or four fans jumped up and cheered when the home team scored.
That was Patriots baseball 20 years ago.
Had a great long weekend in the Kentucky-Tennessee part of the country this past weekend, going to see games at Louisville, Vanderbilt and Austin Peay. If you haven’t seen all the write-ups, go to D1Baseball.com and check them out. In the meantime, here is some additional documentation of my trek through the Thorobred Country and the Bourbon Belt of America.
LSU beat Texas A&M in extras last night to kick off the 11th week of the college baseball season. So here is how the latest no-quarter, no-B.S. Power Rankings shake out, with the TCU Horned Frogs still the best team I’ve seen so far…
Funny how this college baseball thing works. Two weeks ago when the Power Rankings made its last appearance, the opening paragraph talked about how Vanderbilt and TCU were back on track and seemed primed to stay near the top of the rankings for the rest of the season. Then the Commodores went 2-6 over the last two weeks. But they weren’t the only ones to hit a snag, as Texas A&M was proven to have an Achilles heel, Oklahoma State lost a couple of Big 12 games and American Athletic mates UCF and Houston both went cold.
Hey StitchHeads. Can’t get enough college baseball out at the stadium? Want to hear what the coaches have to say when they are away from the park? Check out some of the coach’s radio shows that I stumbled upon – most of them air on Mondays. If you know of any others out there, let me know. Here are some that I found:
I’ve been down in San Diego going to USD and SDSU games the past two days and didn’t get to mediate all the numerous comments that flowed in from my column on the Hall of Fame coaches and their view on entitlement in the sport of college baseball. Some really great comments had been sent in and they deserved some recognition and discussion.
So I’ll make up for it now guys and dolls. Here is a reposting of some of the cogent comments that you guys wrote in concerning the views of coaches like Augie Garrido, Wayne Graham and Mike Martin.
Are college baseball players just like those prima donna professional players they like to emulate? Are they soured with an over-inflated sense of self? Are college athletes in general coddled way too much from an early age through their years on campus?
Well here is what Texas coach Augie Garrido, Rice coach Wayne Graham and Florida State coach Mike Martin had to say about the subject when I caught up with each of them recently…
I hate to be so RPI-centric at this time of year. As you StitchHeads know, I despise that basketball formula that has been forced on our sport. But we have to deal with it when it comes to who gets into the NCAA tournament and who doesn’t. So I will continue to address it, against my protestations.
Under a sun-washed Friday afternoon in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles, the opening game between top ten rivals UCLA and USC did not go as expected. Instead of a nip-and-tuck, knockdown-drag out between these two, the Bruins scored early an often in a breezy 9-3 win.