Off The Top Of My Head: The “11 Days Left” EditionColumns
• Five Quick Hits
• Bubble Watch
• More Bubble Teams To Watch
• An Ode To Mike Martin
• Eight For Omaha
You StitchHeads out there know this is where things start to get good. It’s already the third weekend in May and that means the college baseball postseason is starting up already. It also means that baseball programs like Dartmouth, Penn, Bucknell and Bethune-Cookman have already hung up the cleats for the year. Ugh. Hate that.
But the good news is that this is where the college baseball season starts to get ratcheted up exponentially. (Wait, did I just use a word I don’t even understand myself? Sorry.). I don’t mean to depress you guys but we’ve only got 11 more days of baseball for all but 64 programs in Division I. Think about that. Out of 300 teams (give or take), 234 programs will be done with the 2019 baseball season. Damn, didn’t we just start this campaign a few weeks ago? Seems like four or five weeks ago I was watching Florida ace Tyler Dyson throw out the first pitch of the season against Long Beach State.
But that’s okay, in those next 11 days we’re going to have a ton of fun. We’ll have a bunch of heartbreaks. Annnnnnnd of course we’ll also get a little bit angry. I mean we can’t help that, it’s a tournament that uses the RPI to help determine the 34 at-large teams. Don’t remind me. Anyway, let’s get ready for a wicked-cool 11 days.
FIVE QUICK HITS
A few things that jumped out to me about the day in college baseball.
– Yes, it is already officially Dogpile Season.
For those of you who have been following my drivel for the last few years you know one of my favorite weekends is when the Ivy League holds its best-of-three playoffs to see who goes to the NCAA Tournament. This time it’s Columbia playing at Harvard at O’Donnell Field, in the shadow of historic Harvard Stadium. Always fun. Always hard-fought. More on this in a bit.
Also, the MEAC Tournament and the SWAC Tournament are getting kicked off this week as well. The MEAC is being played at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona, Florida (yes, it has the same name as UCLA’s home field) and the SWAC melee will be played at William Barrow Stadium in New Orleans once again.
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