A little history lesson on the Area Code Games here StitchHeads…
Way way way back when the Area Code Games first began, they were held in Lodi, California, which is up North in the San Joaquin Valley and the self-proclaimed “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” The idea for a showcase of top-flight high school talents came from the brain of former scout Bob Williams. The first year of the ACG was in 1987 and teams really were formed according to the players area codes.
Okay StitchHeads, here we are. First week of August. That means it’s Area Code Games week.
And as is my usual lead intro… In the lore of everyday, household-known baseball names, there are a number you recognize without hesitation: Barry Zito, CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett, Bryce Harper, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Torii Hunter, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, etc. etc. Those are some of the talents who have dug their cleats into the Blair Field diamond in Long Beach, California while playing in the Area Code Games. Good enough of a pedigree for ya’?
Yeah I know, I should’ve already posted this a while ago.
But remember, there is always a large amount of lethargy for writing anything after coming back from Omaha. And with no editor breathing down my neck to make a deadline, I got lazy in my decompression time. Also, I probably would’ve posted this a week ago but I had a few issues with the College Baseball Today website the last few days. So my apologies on just now getting it up here.
When Cal State Bakersfield was eliminated from the Los Angeles Regional by homestanding UCLA, the first thing that retiring head coach Bill Kernen said to me after the game as he was shaking my hand was “199th?! That’s where you ranked us… 199th?!”
“Hey, I was just trying to motivate you guys,” was my response.
Coach K was kidding around, he was just giving me a shot in the gut over my preseason Top 301 ranking of his team. Fair enough. I can take it. I always appreciate people telling me they actually read my preseason garb, especially from a head coach. So I thought it was pretty cool.
WHAT I SAW AT THE CWS, DAY TEN
A repeat of last year, essentially. In 2014 Vanderbilt won game one of the CWS Finals over UVa 9-8, before the Cavs roared back to take game two 7-2. This year is a very similar scenario as the Wahoos took game two tonight 3-0 with an unsung cast of stars.