Off The Top Of My Head: Week ThreeAnalysis
You could see the red Marks-A-Lot circles around this weekend on the college baseball calendar from a mile away. This is the one we’ve been waiting for, the most intriguing weekend of the pre-conference season. There are big matchups all over the schedule for this third weekend of the season. The only thing that could put a crimp in our weekend plans is a little intrusion from an angry Mother Nature (Listen lady, don’t even think about it, ya’ hear?) Otherwise, enjoy the top-flight baseball that is about to come our way. Breathe deeply my friends, it’s a good time to be a college baseball fan.
But before that, we have to take a look back at what we learned after the first month of college baseball.
– Baseball games inside the home of the Super Bowl are pretty cool.
On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota played its first indoor game of the season against North Dakota State, winning 3-1. The reason I lead this column off with this factoid is because I am also going to be in Minneapolis this weekend to take in the action at US Bank Stadium, where this year’s Dairy Queen Classic will have a Big 10-Pac 12 Showdown with the Gophers, Michigan State and Illinois taking on UCLA, Arizona and Washington.
As you can see from the picture above, there is a very viable baseball field configuration that fits snugly into the Vikings football home. I was there last year for the DQC and found a few little quirks that have to be accounted for, such as a portable mound brought in to pitch off of, a relatively short 300-foot right field fence (although the “home run line” is about 30-feet up the wall), strange cargo-style aluminum “dugouts” for the teams to stand in and of course, the vast sea of open seats. Even when over 2,500 fans went to one of the games last season it still looked like about 50 people were in attendance due to the sprawling surroundings.
It’ll be an interesting weekend and I’ll keep you updated on things.