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1. The Word Series Experience wsg Colin Johnston (Manuel Excel/@ColinTJ on Twitter)
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This didn’t come from nowhere, but wow we kinda came outta nowhere. Pitching is what got us here and OMIGOD that FSU game. Could that pitching go MLB? Kerr has been amazing.
2. Vanderbilt Preview, again with Colin
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Monsters, baseball version of the Villanova team our 2018 basketball team ran into, right down to the top two guys who might be the best two players in the country. Preseason and money #1. Michigan hasn’t faced hitters like #4 overall JJ Bleday or Austin Martin, who’ll be top ten next year, or Kumar Rocker, son of Tracy Rocker, the former Outland Trophy winner from Auburn, who wears #80 because he looks like a tight end, throws 95 mph with an 84 mph slider that goes straight down. He’s not even their best pitcher either.
3. Baseball: The Future
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Bakich is sticking around, so is the pitching coach? Michigan’s academics and the Go Blue Guarantee might set them up to be a Gonzaga, if they don’t move the North to its own wood bat league. Academics matter a ton in recruiting in this sport, and Bakich is a hell of a recruiter. Probably get to keep him unless Vanderbilt comes along one day.
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Jealous of their wingers. The women’s hamblasting: we are all for blowouts and spiciness in sports, e.g. Dantonio’s march. Men’s team is starting to bring our confidence level in the kids. Stole a New Zealander. Boyd is going to be the Dempsey, which we haven’t had forever. Disappointing thing about not having Adams: he flashed that ability they really need a midfield with some bite. Why is U.S. soccer so good at women’s development but not men’s? Title IX: we’ve put more money towards it. Get on Zardis if you want but he’s a runner and he’s one of the only Americans out there scoring goals.
- "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"—Jaqueline Schwab
- "The Execution of All Things"—Rilo Kiley
- "Orange Crush"—R.E.M.
- “Across 110th Street”
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