. Day two of the Super Regionals is in the archives and we’ve already scanned three tickets to Omaha as Texas, Louisville and UC Irvine advanced to the promised land with series wins over Houston, Kennesaw State and Oklahoma State respectively. Five other teams hope to avoid the green-skinned witch and her flying monkeys [...]
So by the time some of you guys on the East coast read this, you may have already woken up and gotten your morning coffee and still got to see the end of the Sam Houston-TCU game. These two played a true marathon… except running an actual 26.2 mile marathon would’ve probably been quicker than sitting through this one.
After traveling a couple of time zones to see various forms of college baseball over the last few weeks, it was nice to spend all afternoon sitting on my fat butt watching baseball on TV. And then I spent the evening at one of those outdoor movies at the Hollywood Forever cemetery watching the movie “Seven” with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey
So that movie inspired me. What are the seven deadly sins of college baseball?…
On April Fools Day, after my hockey regionals work was done for ESPN, I stopped by to see Yale take two games from Columbia at Satow Stadium before I headed to JFK Airport to catch my plane home. At that time the Lions were 8-14 and 2-2 in Ivy League play. Even though it didn’t look too promising, I told coach Brett Boretti at the time, “If you guys host the Ivy League playoffs again this year, I’ll come back for it.” Even though I wasn’t so confident it was going to happen.
Well, smash-cut to about 6:30pm Eastern Daylight time today and the scene you see in the picture above.
This’ll be a quickie guys. I was waiting for my flight from Huntsville to Houston, which would connect me to Los Angeles and I looked at the college baseball schedule for the day. The only other matchup of ranked teams besides the Florida-Alabama game I went to on Friday was No. 30 UCF taking on No. 15 Houston… Ah-HAAAAAAH! I thought. So I got a wild hair (not on my head) and said to myself. “Why not just extend my ‘layover’ in H-town a few hours and go check out the game at Cougar Field.
Last year I went out of my way to pimp my College Baseball Today StitchHead T-shirts on my website. I only had a handful made, so I wanted to sell them only if any of you really wanted to buy them. I sold them for 20 bucks – a little bit high of a price, sure, but I justified them by advertising them as high-quality American Apparel shirts with a unique design.
Well tonight, a big time baseball fan got my t-shirt on ESPN… along with his beautiful young spike-haired son. As you can see from the pic above, former Cal State Fullerton stud Sean Martin got some on screen love during the Titans’ big 17-4 win over Hawaii.
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.
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.
This is getting out of hand people. Once again, a lot of the top teams in the country suffered brow-beating defeats to lesser teams than themselves. (or so we’re led to believe) as seven of the Top 13 teams went belly-up. In other words, it was just a typical Saturday in the 2014 season.
As much as I complain about Eastern Time Zone and how it’s so gawd-awful early for me, I was glad that the Stony Brook-Hartford doubleheader had such an early start. The 10am first pitch made it possible for me to catch the opening game and then still make it down to Bridgeport for the East Regional final between Providence and Union.
And lawd-have mercy, what a showdown on the mound I saw in the insurance capital of the world.