At LSU, Baseball Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

At LSU, Baseball Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

It is officially baseball season, and the LSU Tigers are hungry. If they play as well as their stats are showing, they are going to have a smooth drive on the road to Omaha and I can't wait to cheer on the Tigers all the way!

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Alex Box, along with the rest of us, has been craving the smell of popcorn and the deafening roar of baseball fans. Well, the wait is over because the baseball season is here baby! Baseball holds a special place in my heart, I remember watching baseball with my poppy when I was little, and the only thing I love more than baseball is LSU baseball.

For the past ten years, the LSU Tigers have made it to the College World Series three times and the NCAA tournament a total of eight times since they won the NCAA tournament in 2009. They have come so close to sweet victory but never seem to have that extra edge that puts them over the top, but I think the 2019 season will be different.

The 2018 season records put LSU at number two in Baseball America Magazine and number one in Perfect Game USA's preseason top 25. The new recruiting class on this year's roster is top notch. These new recruits are bursting with talent. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I am excited to see the damage these boys are going to do on the field.

There are a few newbies you should keep an eye on because you are going to be hearing a lot about them. Sophomore Saul Garza is the first legitimately good catcher we have seen in a few years, and Garza could be one of the dirty little secrets that get us to Omaha. In 2017, he was selected in the 31st round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Garza is good for more than just catching — last season, when he played for a JUCO, he hit an amazing 23 home runs.

Freshman Jaden Hill is one of those flat-out athletic, talented kids. On top of being selected 38th in the MLB draft in 2018, he was also a highly recruited quarterback. Being a right-handed pitcher is nothing special (you can find a right-handed pitcher literally anywhere), so what puts Hill over the top?

Well, aside from throwing a fastball with an average speed in the mid-'90s, he also has impressive accuracy. In 2018 he had a 7-0 record on the mound, striking out 85 batters while also hitting 11 home runs. Along with Hill, another pitcher I am excited to see in action is Landon Marceaux. In 2018 he was selected in the 37th round by the New York Yankees. He was named the number one high school player in Louisiana by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report. What makes Marceaux so impressive is his accuracy and his control of his four-pitch mix.

One of the players I am the most excited to see is freshman Cade Beloso. Now I might be slightly biased because of our shared alma mater (Go Patriots), but this kid is a force to be reckoned with. Being a left-handed thrower and hitter, Beloso is that extra edge LSU has been missing for the past few years. This dude is overflowing with power; he was built to hit with some of his top exit speeds ranging from 102-108.5 mph and a batting average of .500. Beloso was named All-Metro Player of the Year (2017 and 2018) by New Orleans Advocate and The Times-Picayune. He also received All-America titles from Rawlings Sports, Perfect Game, Baseball America, Prep Baseball Report, Collegiate Baseball, and Max Preps.

I believe that the 2019 baseball season for the LSU Tigers will be one to remember. With the great players we already had on the roster along with this amazing recruitment class, I have no problem betting on the LSU Tigers to take it all. No matter if you're interested in a 3 carat stone or a 3 run walk-off (thanks Beloso)...Diamonds really are a girl's best friend.

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29 Insane Jose Canseco Tweets

"I see the inner dragon of people"
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Retired baseballer Jose Canseco's Twitter account is a goldmine, overlooked by many but home to dozens upon dozens of bewildering and hilarious dispatches from his enigmatic psyche. Among his favorite topics are the "sandsquatch," his ex-wife, and the various beings of the supernatural. I compiled a number of my favorite tweets.


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These last three are my personal favorites.


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Dexter Fowler Deserves An Apology

Roughly a fourth of the way through the season, it's very clear that a lot of us were wrong about Fowler.

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Baseball is a mental game just as much, if not more of a physical one. Baseball is one of those unique games where failure is present at all times. If you hold a .300 batting average, you've got a pretty good chance of getting into the Hall of Fame. For context, Ty Cobb holds the record for highest career batting average at .366 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In any other sport, if you're only successful 30% of the time, you're rarely viewed as excellent in your sport.

But I don't think the nature of the game usually sways fans from shortsighted opinions and conclusions about the players, especially if they're on our own team. Cardinals fans went through something very similar with our own Dexter Fowler, and some of us really dragged him through the mud. In the second year of his five-year, $82 million deal, Fowler had the worst statistical years of his career. A .180 batting average with a .278 OBP were the cornerstones on what was a very confusing year for many Cardinals fans.

But I want to be very clear when I say that there were two camps with the Fowler situation: those who thought the year was simply a statistical outlier and those who thought that Fowler was at the end of his career, the Cardinals were foolish to give him the money and that the team would be better off trading him if they could find a suitable trade partner for such "broken goods". And maybe this is just my biased Cardinals Twitter point of view, but I felt like the second group was definitely the vocal majority.

But what I think we often forget to remember is there are real people out there playing that game. As weird as that may sound, sports fans often forget that athletes are just as vulnerable to the mental lows that plague so many everyday Americans. Dexter Fowler spent the majority of last season in a deep depression that was both caused and a source of his poor performance on the field. And I'm sure all the negative press he got and the angry fans in his mentions didn't help in the slightest.

But the Cardinals never gave up on him, and for good reason. The numbers Fowler has put up this season are outstanding thus far with still roughly 80% of the season left to play. The commitment the front office showed to Fowler is a reflection of the culture established that makes players want to come and play for this organization. The Cardinals never gave up on him, and so many fans should have taken that same approach. As I said earlier, those are real people out there playing in those Cardinal uniforms.

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