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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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…
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’.
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.
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.
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.”