Hey StitchHeads out there in baseball-land. So here’s a few things I think we discovered about college baseball in the first month of the season. Click on this hard-to-see highlighted link and check out what I wrote for ESPN this week. Also, don’t laugh, they actually sent me a microphone and a “flag” as [...]
There are three old adages concerning rain which I never believe anymore.
1- It never rains in Tiger Stadium.
2- It never rains on a Christmas.
and 3- It never rains in California.
I’m calling bullshit right now ‘coz I’ve experienced each of them, numerous times too.
Okay StitchHeads, here’s the link to my ESPN weekend preview with my ugly mug on video: Click your little mouse here.
And then, here’s Roons & I’s latest High & Inside Baldcast and all its glorious soapboxes:
Back with more soon.
A STATE OF THE UNION:
My fellow StitchHead Americans. We are about to embark on a great journey. It will involve a lot of pain, a lot of joy, a lot of sacrifice and a lot of bitching. But it will be a lot of fun.
I will start this thing with links to the latest columns posted on the Worldwide Leader today…
Here’s a piece I wrote about former Arizona State coach Pat Murphy.
And here’s the Weekend Notebook on ESPN.
To kick things off, here’s a quick State of the Union for College Baseball Today and the plans for this season:
- First off, this will be Year No. 6 of the CBT site and Easton is still just as enthused as they’ve ever been about sponsoring the site and giving college baseball another outlet.
- As you guys may know already, ESPN has also hired me to do a weekly college hockey weekend wrap-up column each Monday, thus fulfilling another bucket list item. So it will change the way I work Sundays and Mondays during the first two months of the baseball season as the two sports overlap.
- I will have to eschew the 20 Mondays columns that I did last season – and enjoyed doing as well. But ESPN has asked me to do a weekly Power Ranking for the site each Monday, so I’ll still be ranking teams. And as usual, the Power Rankings aren’t going to be some kind of end-of-season projections or favors for a high-ranked team who beats Florida A&M three times in extra innings. No quarter given, people. And no bullshit.
- The High & Inside baldcast will return again, of course. Mike Rooney and I were hoping to do a preseason “StitchHead Awards” baldcast, but our schedules just didn’t work out. Damn real world work keeps getting in the way of our plans. I’ve gotta get Roons to quit his job.
But we’ll keep doing High & Inside when we get a chance. Our goal is to do it each week, but that usually fluctuates week by week depending on our travel schedules.
- I still hope Mark Etheridge changes his mind sometime soon and starts writing his wicked-good college baseball garb.
- I still refuse to be boring or cliche’. And yes, I still promise to use regular, every day language, just like any coach you had when you played baseball in high school.
More tomorrow, when it’s time to get it ON.
First off, we’ve got to give a large pat on the back to our Mother Ship. Go ahead, pat ‘em so hard you leave a red mark. ESPN deserves our gratitude for further expanding the coverage of the NCAA tournament this coming weekend.
As you all know by now, the Bristol-based money-printers will be televising all 16 Regional sites and also implementing the Bases Loaded feature, which will have Kyle Peterson in studio directing the conversation on what’s going on and switching between games to catch all the big moments of the day.
I’m in Houston. Made it here fine. Back to my old stomping grounds of Reckling Park where Rice is hosting the Conference USA tournament.
Houston is also famous for the Johnson Space Center, the Astrodome, the Gallery Furniture Dot Com Bowl and of course, that midget Bushwick Bill and his awful 90′s rap group the Geto Boys. Do you remember them? “Gangsta” rap out of Houston.
Before I get to the usual Thursday preview stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention going to see the College of Staten Island and Baruch College of NYC play a second round game at the CUNYAC – the City University of New York Athletic Conference – Tournament which was being held in Coney Island, which was on my way to JFK airport and my flight back to Los Angeles.
Okay guys. Small apology here.
This thing is a little on the late side. But hopefully you’ll dig it either way.
I wrote most of this write up from the Thursday night Florida-LSU game at the stadium after the game. Then I went to my buddies house to finish it before hitting the rack to rest my bones. But lo and behold, there is not a reliable wireless signal there – damn him. Then, this morning I had to haul ass down to New Orleans to catch a flight to New York, so I didn’t get a chance to post this. But now as I post pictures and put the finishing touches on this thing, I’m in the middle of Bryant Park in bustling Manhattan and I’ve finally got an internet signal to finish this column.