Hey there StitchHeads. Remember my Baldcasts from THIS venue?… That’s right, The Cave… it’s back. I went into The Cave to shoot my latest ESPN video, with my old camera angles and all. Tell me how you like it. Just felt like goin’ Old School once again. Okay, so here’s the latest ESPN weekend preview… [...]
The depths of pain increase week by week as we get nearer and nearer to the post-season. Now is the time traditional powers must keep winning to protect their home Regionals and mid-majors, as you know, just can’t afford to drop a weekend to a lesser foe. That will kill an RPI like nothing else.
This explains the Ouch List. These are the teams which had the most painful weekends and hurt themselves the most in the post-season picture. StitchHeads, this is the time of year for you to keep your first aid kit, gauze pads and some extra towels to soak the blood up somewhere nearby. The carnage is going to be like one of those Chainsaw Massacre movies. Leatherface would love the Ouch List.
I spent the morning driving through the Virginia countryside and then the afternoon making the five-hour flight from Washington D.C. back to Smogtown. While I was gone, Florida State was playing an epic 13-inning game and giving their head coach Mike Martin his 1,800th win. That gave us our biggest headline from the Saturday in college baseball.
The No. 1 team may not have won a back-slapping, white-flag waving blowout tonight. But they did enough to impress me, especially with their whiff-inducing pitching and spotless defense. If their offense gets a little more shot of adrenaline, playing in the second week in Omaha is completely within reason.
This is my second trek to Davenport Field, a place I find insanely impressive. I came here to see the campus once back in 2000, before the cathedral that is here now was ever built. And what a difference this place is. As many have commented on numerous times in the early 2000s, this was indeed a “sleeping giant” in college baseball. Well, put extra emphasis on the WAS part. Now former Creighton pitcher Brian O’Connor has this program humming at the top of college baseball. And tonight was another indication that this UVa team isn’t going away anytime soon.
I’ve got to admit, I’ve had Seton Hall in my Top 20 Power Rankings most of the season. Hell, they swept Arizona and won a game at Oklahoma on opening day. Then, two weeks ago, they dropped two of three games at Butler – a new member of the Big East. And the Wildcats and Sooners started looking more than human as their losses started to pile up. So I’m sorry to say, I dropped SHU out of the Power Rankings after that, though they remained in my ballot that I fill out each week for the NCBWA poll.
Heading back to get my East Coast bias on again, I decided to stop into Georgetown’s Shirley Povich Park in Rockville, Maryland and see how The Hall looked in person today. It was a comfy game that turned into a nailbiter in the end. Still, the Pirates stayed dry on the high seas with another W.
Okay, gotta make this quick here. And mea culpa for the delay.
Here’s the latest High & Inside Baldcast from Mike Rooney and I:
And here’s my latest weekend Notebook on ESPN.com.
Click your mouse here and have a blast.
(Special note: check out the Q&A with Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook, which I cleaned up just a little, but is still golden.)
More soon StitchHeads.
The Ouch List Makes Its Debut
Ahhhh, now I’ve only got baseball to worry about. Over the previous eight Sundays I haven’t been able to contribute much at all to this baseball stuff due to my college hockey duties on ESPN.com. But now, I’m all yours baseball. Yep, no prob.
Well, the important part is that it’s getting about that time people. It’s mid-April now and the college hockey season is done, so it’s time for the Ouch List to make it’s debut here at College Baseball Today.
I flew back from Oklahoma City today, then immediately went into the Cave. See, I had TiVo’d the hockey national championship between Union College and Minnesota. Luckily, none of you StitchHeads out there ruined the ending for me by tweeting, texting or sexting me the final score before I finished watching it.
My sincere thanks.