“Tell Me Where It Hurts”. (The Ouch List Returns)

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 13th, 2014 in Sunday summations Comments: 3

  The Ouch List Makes Its Debut Ahhhh, now I’ve only got baseball to worry about. Over the previous eight Sundays I haven’t been able to contribute much at all to this baseball stuff due to my college hockey duties on ESPN.com. But now, I’m all yours baseball. Yep, no prob.   Well, the important [...]

 
 

“Hey There Tiger!”

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on February 16th, 2014 in Sunday summations Comments: 1

I always hated Rod Dedeaux. As a kid growing up in Omaha, his USC teams would come to town every year and beat all the teams I designated as “my favorite team” at the College World Series. He won title after title and was the college baseball version of the Russian Red Army. Hell, because of him, I started to like Texas.

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Super Regionals – Day Three

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 9th, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 10

The Indiana Hoosiers stop to take a pic with their "Omaha" pose after winning the Super Regional at Florida State. IU will be the Big 10's first College World Series participant since 1984's Michigan team which featured Chris Sabo and Barry Larkin.

“Lemme see your ‘O Face’!” The Indiana Hoosiers stop to take a pic with their “Omaha” pose after winning the Super Regional at Florida State. IU will be the Big 10′s first College World Series participant since 1984′s Michigan team which featured Chris Sabo and Barry Larkin.

Last year in this Sunday Super Regionals column, I spent the better portion of 2,000 megabits of bandwidth to talk about how that “parity” word hadn’t really been real in all the years leading up to Fresno State’s national championship. But that the Stony Brook’s and Kent State’s of the world should’ve proved that the word “parity” finally meant something. And it should be reflected in all the ratings and rankings and computer measurements.

 
 

Regionals – Day Three, the Cabin Fever Edition

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 2nd, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 5

Anymore long weekends stuck in my third-rate trailer and I'm liable to go crazy.

Anymore long weekends stuck in my third-rate trailer for 72 hours and I’m liable to go crazy.

You know what, now I know what cabin fever is like.

 

Remember in The Shining? Jack Nicholson played Jack Torrance, the inn-keeper at the Overlook Hotel, a snowbound resort that’s only open in the summer and is closed down during the winter, while he takes care of the place. Well, he gets the most extreme instance of cabin fever, goes crazy and tries to kill his wife and young son. Luckily he ends up frozen in the snow from exposure – sorry, spoiler alert.

 
 

Sometimes You Swing and Miss.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 26th, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 3

Houston area photographer Erik Williams shot this pic of the Owls charging the field after their jog-off win over Southern Miss today in the CUSA tournament.

Houston area photographer Eric Williams shot this pic of the Owls charging the field after their jog-off win over Southern Miss today in the CUSA tournament.

I felt like one of those SEC teams today.

 

No, not strong, powerful and with a ravenous, loyal following. No, not at all. I felt like the super-conference today because I had a Sunday curfew.

 
 

Momentum is Like a Scientific Element. It’s Essential.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 19th, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 2

Lopez Redux. Somewhere in this mosh-pit of Titans is Carlos Lopez, who hit his second straight game-deciding home run in two days vs. UC Irvine. Did I already use that "There Goes My Hero" reference from the Foo Fighters?

Lopez Redux. Somewhere in this mosh-pit of Titans is Carlos Lopez, who hit his second straight game-deciding home run in two days vs. UC Irvine. Did I already use that “There Goes My Hero” reference from the Foo Fighters?

Another day, another quadrant of NCAA tournament bids were handed out. The SWAC, MEAC, Patriot and Big West were all settled on this afternoon.

 

Here’s a quick recap of the highs and lows of this limited action Sunday‚Ķ

 
 

Vanderbilt, you had me at “I’ll be back.”

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 12th, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 1

A Terminator rises from the ashes, goes on relentless hunt for Sarah Conner.

A Terminator rises from the ashes, goes on relentless hunt for Sarah Conner and the national title. It’s name: Vanderbilt.

Okay, since they don’t like a lot of fanfare or pomp and circumstance, here are the things I like about Vanderbilt, after seeing them complete their sweep of Kentucky with today’s 10-5 runaway win in Lexington.

 
 

“Excuse me, is this heaven?”… “No, it’s Staten Island.”

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on May 5th, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 0

The new Freedom Tower and the Manhattan Skyline as seen from the stands at R.C.B. Ballpark in Staten Island. Very inspiring. And one of the best views in college baseball.

The new Freedom Tower and the Manhattan Skyline as seen from the stands at R.C.B. Ballpark in Staten Island. Very inspiring. And one of the best views in college baseball.

 

 

With the Ivy League Playoffs decided in two games (on one day), it was time to finally make good on a promise from a couple years ago. Wagner baseball SID Kevin Ross has long badgered me on the merits of coming to a Seahawks game at R.C.B. Ballpark and the great views that were afforded from the facility.

 

Guess what? The S.O.B. ain’t lyin’.

 
 

It’s As If T. Boone Pickens Out-Dueled Warren Buffet.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 28th, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 3

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If this were a battle of rich bastards who met in the middle of the street in an old Western town with their credit cards drawn, T. Boone Pickens, the famously-rich Oklahoma State alum, would have just proven his portfolio could out-perform Omaha-native Warren Buffett’s.

 

Now, replace the phrase “corporate billionaires club” with the phrase “college baseball bubble teams” and you’ve got an apt description of OSU’s win over Creighton, a true battle of RPI fringe teams duking it out at TD Ameritrade Park… not on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

 
 

A Sunday to Witness the Resurrection of a Stadium.

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on April 21st, 2013 in Sunday summations Comments: 4

960 fans may not sound like much to most of you out there. But to Cal baseball, it’s a measurement on the Richter Scale compared to the girlfriends-and-parents crowds of 50-to-75 that used to come to Evans Diamond for games.

Drove my '64 Rambler to the Golden Gate today. This pic was taken from the Sausalito side of the shore. Wish I coulda taken all you Stitch-Heads with me.

Drove my ’64 Rambler to the Golden Gate today. This pic was taken from the Sausalito side of the shore. Wish I coulda taken all you Stitch-Heads with me. Decided to head down to Berkeley to see Cal-Wazzu afterward.

 

 

Which begs the question: Can a dead stadium come back to life?

 

Is it possible for a stadium built in 1933 be one of the best fan experiences in college baseball? In THIS day and age?

 

At Cal Berkeley today, I found out the answer was “yes.”