Why do we sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” when we’re already there?
The answer to this corny old joke is simple. Because we do, and not everything in baseball has to make sense.
The University of Virginia’s very strange season has somehow taken them to the championship of the College World Series this week and that doesn’t really make sense either.
I’ve been calling it improbable. But, then so has everyone else.
(And, by improbable, I don’t mean that they don’t deserve to be in Omaha, only that, had you asked me four weeks ago … well, fortunately, no one did.)
The post-game announcers on ESPN on Saturday night were so unprepared for Virginia’s win over Florida that they had nearly no statistics or background info on UVa ready to air after the Hoo’s win. The best they could come up with was to joke that Vanderbilt is such a prohibitive favorite and the odds are so long against UVa in this week’s championship, that Las Vegas oddsmakers have probably closed the book on the series.
Dear ESPN, If you’re going to tell a baseball joke to fill airtime, why not make it a good one? Like this …
Which takes longer: to run from 1st to 2nd base or to run from 2nd to 3rd base? It takes longer to run from 2nd to 3rd base because there’s a “short stop” in the middle.
Fun Fact: Since the post-season began on May 29, the Hoos are 8-1. They have scored 49 runs over those nine games; 25 of them have been scored in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.
Funner Fact: The Hoos have scored the go-ahead runs in the 6th inning or later in all eight wins.
Here’s to the Hoos! They play Game 1 against Vanderbilt tonight in a best-of-three series. 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN
Daniel Pinero, Shortstop & Ernie Clement, 2nd Base
As ESPN was about to cut away following Virginia’s win over Florida on Saturday, their cameras took one last sweep over the Virginia players, huddled around their Coach Brian O’Connor. Just before they cut to commercial you could hear Coach O’Connor tell his team:
“Continue to have fun and enjoy it.”
“We just go out there and do what we have to do. … We know nobody looks at us like a team that should win it all or can win it all. But everyone in our locker room thinks we can.” ~ Matt Thaiss, Catcher
From Sunday’s Roanoke Times:
Clement was asked what comes to mind when he hears the word ‘Vanderbilt.’ He looked quizzically at the reporter.
‘Are we playing Vanderbilt?’ he said.
The reporter paused to give Clement a chance to reveal he was joking. The lack of words suggested the freshman was not. Why, yes, Ernie, your opponent in the College World Series finals would be Vanderbilt. You know, the team that’s been all over SportsCenter the past few nights? The defending national champions? The baseball powerhouse that UVa met at this same stage last year?
‘Oh, I didn’t even know that,’ he said. ‘I just know we’re there. I can’t wait to play.’
Photos: Davenport Field, the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 2015 Season. © The Baseball Bloggess