When the UConn baseball team stepped onto the field Sunday, the possibility of getting blown out by 17 runs was probably the last thing on their minds.
Throughout the conference tournament, the UConn baseball team has seen production from unexpected places. Whether it is a walk off from a player, David Langer, who had four hits on the season to that point or a steady stream of extra-base knocks from a freshman and a transfer, Kyler Fedko and Paul Gozzo, respectively.
Patrick Winkel had heard about how UConn turns on the jets when they get to Clearwater in the postseason. His brother had experienced it twice already, a semifinal appearance against Houston in 2017 and the final in 2018 against ECU. But he hasn’t gotten his first taste until this year. He’s liking it.
As the academic year at UConn comes to a close with this weekend’s commencement festivities, there’s still baseball to be played. Students will gather to receive their diplomas in Gampel Pavilion while the Huskies will be in the midst of the last series to ever be played at J.O. Christian Field, when the Bulls of USF come to town.
We have reached the halfway point in conference play: Four series down, four to go. While the Huskies duke it out with the first place ECU ballclub, Tulane sits in second and trails the Pirates by just a game. We’re here to take a look at all the conference weekend action in this edition of Around the American.
Baseball season is underway, and with it, we get our first looks at the song each player has chosen to play as he steps into the batter’s box or takes the mound. Earlier this season, one of our baseball beat writers rated the walk-up songs of the UConn baseball team. In the weekly sports roundtable, the DC Sports staff shares what their walk-up songs would be...and yes, “Old Town Road” is a strong possibility.
It should come as no surprise to any of us that there has been heated debate over athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.
The president has been very vocal about his opposition over the past week, and has prompted more demonstrations. Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to participate in this protest.
Three words: It’s about time.
The NFL, a.k.a. the No Fun League, is finally relaxing its celebration policy. They’ll now allow the football to be used as a prop, for teams to choreograph celebrations and for players to celebrate on the ground.
This is a huge step forward for a league that has been losing viewers and shows that the commission is, at the very least, willing to bend a little when the fan and player objections are strong enough.
After a long, but luckily not so awful winter, baseball season is finally underway. Boston kicked off their season Monday afternoon with the best weather you could ask for in April, a strong outing from Cy Young pitcher Rick Porcello and a three-run homerun from rookie Andrew Benintendi. Add in a victory, and it was a pretty good way to start the 2017 Sox season.