Ole Miss slugger Cael Baker celebrates his first of two homers against Louisville (Aaron Fitt)


Cael Baker Becomes Instant Fan Favorite At Ole Miss


OXFORD, Miss. — Some people are just born to be folk heroes. Former Clemson great Seth Beer was one of those rare breeds — his name is Seth Beer, for Pete’s sake. And his flare for the dramatic revealed itself in the first few weeks of his freshman year, ensuring he would go down as a local legend in South Carolina’s upstate.

Nobody is going to confuse Cael Baker with Seth Beer. But with his burly lumberjack’s frame and flowing mullet, they might confuse him with former Ole Miss slugger Sikes Orvis. Or with beloved HBO character Kenny Powers. In fact, Ole Miss Twitter has already been circulating memes comparing Baker and Powers.

“I have seen them, and I love ‘Eastbound & Down,’” Baker said. “I mean, it’s a tough legacy to live up to, but I love it.”

Certainly, the 6-foot, 260-pound Baker has the right look to endear himself to the Ole Miss faithful. But just as Beer built his legend with dramatic late-inning heroics, Baker has already elevated his status in Oxford with his bat. Baker is just two games into his Ole Miss career, and as one member of the Rebels’ coaching staff put it, “He may never buy another beer in Oxford.” ….

Already a subscriber? Log In



Join the Discussion