How Do We Judge The UCLAs and Florida States?

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 5th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Sometimes you just catch people at the wrong time. I’ve gotta ask you StitchHeads out there, how should I judge UCLA and Florida State?

 
 

A May-Day Full Of College Baseball Action

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 1st, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

UCLA reliever David Berg tied an NCAA record tonight as the Bruins kept their hot streak going in a 3-0 win vs. Gonzaga.

UCLA reliever David Berg tied an NCAA record tonight as the Bruins kept their hot streak going in a 3-0 win vs. Gonzaga.

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.

 
 

Lagniappe: The Best Baseball Movies Of All Time

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 1st, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 3

Robert Redford's "The Natural" is the standard for all baseball movies to be judged by.

Robert Redford’s “The Natural” is the standard for all baseball movies to be judged by.

What are the best baseball movies in celluloid history? Everybody has an opinion on it, but most are wrong. I’ll get to mine here in a minute.

First this…

 
 

Dallas Baptist Ready To Prove Lofty Status

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 30th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

DBU head coach Dan Heefner has had his Patriots at the top of the RPI all season.

DBU head coach Dan Heefner has had his Patriots at the top of the RPI all season.

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.

 
 

The Journey Into The Bourbon Belt

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 27th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

Louisville players lace up the spikes before their game with BCU.

Louisville players lace up the spikes before their game with BCU.

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.

 
 

The Top 20 Power Rankings, Going Into Week 11

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 24th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

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…
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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.

 
 

Some Radio Ear Candy For College Baseball

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 22nd, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 0

North Carolina head coach Mike Fox takes time during a break in his radio show to pick out crayons for Molly True's coloring book. Coach Fox's radio show doesn't appear online anywhere but if you're in the Research Triangle area you can hear it on WCHL, the Tarheel Sports Network, at 97.9FM every Monday night at 7pm.

North Carolina head coach Mike Fox takes time during a break in his radio show to pick out crayons for Molly True’s coloring book. Coach Fox’s radio show doesn’t appear online anywhere but if you’re in the Research Triangle area you can hear it on WCHL, the Tarheel Sports Network, at 97.9FM every Monday night at 7pm. (Thank you Karin True for the pic.)

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:

 
 

More About The “Entitlement” Issue

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 19th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 2

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A quick mea culpa here StitchHeads.

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.

 
 

Is Player Entitlement Ruining Our Sport?

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 16th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 27

Augie Garrido and Wayne Graham both have seen the evolution of the sport of college baseball, while also seeing the rise of the sense of entitlement from the players who play the game.

Augie Garrido and Wayne Graham both have seen the evolution of the sport of college baseball, while also seeing the rise of the sense of entitlement from the players who play the game.

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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…

 
 

Monday Morning RPI Biz To Talk About

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 13th, 2015 in National stuff Comments: 2

The Missouri State Bears have forged their way into the top 10 in the last few weeks. National Seed, anyone?

The Missouri State Bears have forged their way into the top 10 in the last few weeks. National Seed, anyone?

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.