Avast ye mateys! Hoist the mainsail. Swab the deck. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Fear not StitchHeads, the College Baseball Today pirate ship is still sailing the seas, combing the islands and stalking the depths to find the pirate’s booty and share it with you for another year.
Lucky you. Turns out that ESPN color commentator/studio stud Mike Rooney and I finally got of our lazy duffs and put together a really informative and entertaining Baldcast. Well… on second thought, I’ll stop crowing and preening and just let you decide if it’s good or not. Grab a fork, dive right in and get a belly full.
… And it comes to an end.
Day six of the Area Code Games came to a very quiet close. Unlike the rest of the week, the last day of the ACG is always played in front of a skeleton crew of people remaining in the stands. The smattering of applause from a grand slam home run or a complete-game no hitter is rather pathetic. But that’s where we’re at people.
The Red Scare is Back.
No, not the Soviets. I don’t care how many times Vladmir Putin is pictured shirtless on horseback, the Russians don’t scare me. And don’t give into the hype and have them scare you either. They are a bunch of insecure leaders in an otherwise beautiful country full of people that are actually sick of their government. But I digress.
What I’m referring to is the Four Corners-based Reds team who sewed up the Area Code Games title today with their 8-3 win over the Northeast-based Yankees on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Reds wrap up an ultra-rare unbeaten week here in Long Beach, at a perfect 5-0.
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-flite high school talents came from the brain of former scout Bob Williams. The first year of the ACG was in 1987 and teams actually were formed according to the players’ area codes.
Yep. 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’?
THE JOURNEY TO OMAHA (vol 2)
July 21, 2014 by Mike Rooney
At the end of every season, college baseball coaches inventory their program. What are the areas where we need to improve? It is player acquisition, player development, facility upgrades, staff changes, or fundraising? The typical target list is quite large so it becomes critical to prioritize these items.
Let’s do the same for College Baseball. Where can we get better? What are the changes that are the most urgent?
Okay StitchHeads, this seems like a yearly occurrence for me… I come home from the College World Series and intend to write a wrap-up column of sorts. Then, lethargy sets in and I can’t seem to write a thing for a week.
So here you go – a week late at that – my CWS wrap-up and season commentary. But to kick off our Distillers’ Dozen, the “Inside” of our “high and Inside” baldcasts has decided to enter the written word in our college baseball world. Here are Mike Rooney’s Journey To Omaha notes: