Area Code Games: Day Six

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 9th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

  … 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 [...]

 
 

Area Code Games: Day Five

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 8th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

 

It's a Code Red.  There are smiles all around as the Reds finish up the ACG week unbeaten.

It’s a Code Red.
There are smiles all around as the Reds finish up the ACG week unbeaten.

 

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.

 
 

Area Code Games: Day 4

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 7th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

 

The A's outfield of Nico Hoerner (Stanford), Jonathan Englemanm (uncommited) and Michael McAdoo (UCSB) made a formidable outfield for the A's.

The A’s outfield of Nico Hoerner (Stanford), Jonathan Englemanm (uncommited) and Michael McAdoo (UCSB) has helped keep the Northern California-based Athletics unbeaten so far this week.

 

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.

 
 

Area Code Games: Day Two

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 5th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

Day Two went so smoothly, even the bat boys sat there at the ready in complete unison.

Day Two went so smoothly, even the bat boys sat there at the ready in complete unison. Remember boys, if you don’t comply, you’ll go straight to bed with no porridge.

 

Two days in, the Area Code Games are offering a lot of intrigue, a lot of talent and some really good baseball. And today, there was also a heavy dose of sadness added to the action on the field. You’ll read about that in my write-up of the second game of the day.

 
 

Area Code Games: Day One

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 4th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 1

Another sun-splashed day at Blair Field in Long Beach.

Another sun-splashed day at Blair Field in Long Beach.

 

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’?

 
 

Distillers’ Dozen: The Long Hard Summer

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 1st, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

Mike Rooney, left, the best connection between our sport and how to play it and how to coach it.

Mike Rooney, left, the best connection between our sport and how to play it and how to coach it. And also helping us into this painful part of the calendar where there is no college baseball for the first time since February.

Welcome to the worst part of the year to me: the months of July and August. Here are some of the things racing through my mind and through college baseball’s news feeds over the last few weeks. Starting with the amazing Roons, of course.

 
 

The Mike Rooney Opus

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on July 21st, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 3

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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?

 

 
 

The Distillers’ Dozen: Our Man Roons & the Post Omaha Buzz

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on July 8th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 3

Knowing him as I do, THIS is the championship trophy that Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin wishes he was really holding in his hands.

Knowing him as I do, THIS is the championship trophy that Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin wishes he was really holding in his hands.

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:

 
 

My Reaction Piece on the Supers for The Mothership

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 10th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 2

ULL-CalebAdamsOut (Caleb Adams seems incredulous that the Cajuns lost their chance to go to Omaha.)

Sorry for the slight delay here StitchHeads, had to wait until the Worldwide Leader posted this reaction piece to the Super Regionals. Here it is if you wanna check it out.

By the way, I also posted this on Twitter, but the last time Ole Miss was in the College World Series, Sammy Davis Jr’s “Candy Man” was the No. 1 song on the pop charts.
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Here’s the one-eyed wonder croonin’ his tune…

 
 

Swimmin’ through the wreckage of a Monday night

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 3rd, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 9

The Anteaters celebrate the Regional title they won in Corvallis tonight.

The Anteaters celebrate the Regional title they won in Corvallis tonight.

A few innings into tonight’s epic UCI-Oregon State game I got an Email from my bosses at The MotherShip. “Hey Eric, can you write a wrap-up column on the Regionals and what you learned from this weekend? But we need it in the next two hours because we want to post it immediately…”

Shit. You guys know me, I usually take a few hours and finish columns in the middle of the night. Hell, they wanted the column done before the end of the Beaver-Eaters game. I’m not used to haulin’ ass like that.

But I wrote it. I wrote it without knowing how the end of the game would turn out. I sent it into the people in Bristol somewhere around the 7th inning or so. Sure enough, not too long after the Anteaters dogpiled, I saw that they had posted the column on the ESPN.com site already. So here you go, Click here, but don’t be too harsh on me about it.

And yes, I know I didn’t rail on the weak-ass RPI very much… and I should’ve, ‘coz that fupped-duck formula is what keeps force-feeding us overblown ratings of ACC teams and SEC teams and keeping the Utah Valleys and Campbells of the world from getting at-large bids. I also should’ve included my “Joe Lunardi Philosophy” of how teams with losing conference records don’t deserve at-large bids ‘coz they’ve had their chance to prove they belong in the Field of 64 and have failed. Oh well, next time I will.

Oh, one last thing, it’s pretty late now so I haven’t had time to read through this column to see if there were any screw-ups or mistakes, especially regarding the OSU-UCI game. I’m hoping they fixed everything before they posted it. I s’pose I trust them, since I’m not going to check through it myself until I wake up.

Tell you what. If you find anything twisted in the story, lemme know. I’ll get your message in the morning.

G’night.